Dog incredibly grateful after being rescued from the bottom of a well

In developing countries, animal welfare has generally been a low priority. There are all sorts of reasons for this, but basically it seems that when human needs are so great, the needs of our four-legged friends are easily neglected. But times change and so, slowly but surely, do attitudes toward animals. The fate of a dog in India who ended up at the bottom of a well is a case in point.

There’s no shortage of dogs-in-need in India: the country has a unbelievably large stray dog population. Entire packs of them prowl public parks and take over street corners and alleys. In some areas, joggers have to carry bamboo sticks to ward off aggressive strays. Rabies is widespread and something like 20,000 Indians die of rabies each year because of dog bites.

One organization that’s working hard to make a difference for India’s animals is Animal Aid Unlimited. As they describe themselves, “Founded in 2002, our mission is to rescue and treat the un-owned street animals who have become ill or injured, and through their rescue inspire a community to protect and defend the lives of all animals. Our ultimate goal is equality and protection of all animals and a complete end to the use and abuse of animals. We are working for the day that every dog, donkey, cow, pig, fish and mouse can live their lives in freedom.”

Animal Aid Unlimited got a call about a dog that had fallen into a village well near Udaipur in western India. Fortunately, the well was dry, so the dog wasn’t in danger of drowning, but there was no way the poor dog could have gotten out on her own. An intrepid staffer from Animal Aid secured himself in a rope harness and rappelled down to the dog, who was crying for help. After they’re hauled back up, the dog, named Ruby, was sobbing with relief and showing obvious gratitude to her rescuers.

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