Helen: Stray left lying in heartbreaking little ball on side of road

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Along the streets of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India, stray dogs are a common sight. Most are friendly and a bit skinny as they scavenge about the villages trying to survive; often gentle folks will feed them scraps, even in the poverty stricken areas. When a Good Samaritan notified Animal Aid Unlimited about Helen however, this poor dog’s plight was so tragic that her heartbreaking condition brought tears to even the most stoic of rescuers.

“Our rescue team found her lying in a heart-broken little ball on the side of the road. Her hip bones, rib cage and spine jutted against her paper-thin skin. She looked like she no longer believed that life could hold anything but pain, and she didn’t have the strength to even stand. Pain and hunger had taken everything from her.”

Even as the rescuers offered her cookies, Helen was too weak to accept any food; the aged dog with no teeth had given up all hope. Her crusted skin burned and itched – just a few tufts of fur remaining that had once been part of her glorious golden coat. She cried in pain and agony when she was wrapped in a blanket and picked up to be rushed back to the veterinary hospital at Animal Aid.

Helen’s rehabilitation began very slowly. First she was given medication to ease the intense pain from mange. Intravenous medication was started to fight the severe dehydration, but Helen had been so defeated and so depressed, she still wouldn’t eat. All she did was sleep, and then came a glimmer of hope. For the first time since she was rescued, the dog took a few small bites of food. Three days later she ate her first full meal. By the tenth day, Helen had her first bath – and as the scabs slowly fell off and a soothing lotion was applied to her skin, she began to heal; both physically and spiritually.

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11 replies
  1. Nancy Raymond says:

    How could anyone walk past that poor dog and not do something? It boggles my mind the callousness of humans – THANK GOD for ANIMAL AID – they literally performed a miracle transforming Helen – she deserves all the love and affection she can get.

    • ACE says:

      I share your feelings. I think the problem is that the people in India, are very poor so have little to give. But it is strange that they appear to have the philosophy not to harm animals, but they don’t seem to go to the next level and actually help them . Thanks goodness for the people that do help the lost and lonely ones. Bless them and the little animals.

  2. ellen cottone says:

    The poorest of the poorest of Indias poorest.
    hunger for humans and animals and good peoples find morsels to share with their fellow citizens, who live in the hot streets.
    god and gods bless them.

  3. ellen cottone says:

    Only sad dogs,And Indian men,
    go out in the noon day sun,
    To save each other.

    Thank you,
    For all your hard work

  4. Adrienne says:

    These rescue groups in India do such an amazing job when rescuing these animals that are on deaths door. I am amazed and grateful how they manage to do that and how the animal pays them back with a kiss of gratitude. Wonderful Indian groups that save these unwanted and abused animals.

  5. Solveig Pettersson says:

    So happy for shes renovering ???????????????? Hope seg found a careful foreverhome !! She really deserves this ❤❤❤❤❤Big hugs from Sweden ????????????????????

  6. Bunny Peters says:

    My husband and I donate to this group. They regularly perform miracles in saving the sickest and most needy of precious animals…….

    Very glad that they were able to save Helen!!!!!


    If you see a stray dog, please go and help the dog immediately and take them to the vet and shelter. Better yet, have a heart and adopt the dog! God bless people that do great things!

  8. Sherry says:

    I think they are the only rescue group I have heard of in that area, but thank goodness for their kindness and caregiving. They perform miraculous transformations and show these animals the love they have never known but deserve. God bless them!


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