In most of the world’s developing countries, animal welfare isn’t a particularly high priority. There are countless reasons for this, but it’s only natural that in places where human needs are still so pressing, it’s easy for our four-legged friends to be treated as a lower priority. All the same, times do change and gradually, so do attitudes toward animals. The efforts of an animal rescue group in India are one outstanding example.
One special problem in India is the country’s incredibly large stray dog population. At over 30 million, it’s the biggest in the world. There are whole packs of dogs that prowl public parks or commandeer alleys and street corners. Another sign of how bad the problem has gotten is that joggers now have to carry bamboo sticks to ward off aggressive strays. All this also causes problems for people: each year about 20,000 people in India die of rabies infections from dog bites.
There’s an organization that’s been working hard on behalf of India’s animals: Animal Aid Unlimited. According to their web site: “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.”
The video posted below is a compilation of five incredible rescues performed by Animal Aid Unlimited. You’ll see a cow rescued from a well and another freed from a roadside trench. Three dogs are saved from mortal peril, one from an underground water tank, another from a perilous perch at a quarry, and a third has his head freed from a plastic container.
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