A brother-sister duo has opened a Tibetan shelter home for our furry friends in Karnataka’s Bylakuppe. Unlike other shelter homes, however, Dolma Dog Rescue House’ is more like a luxury park for stray dogs — who can be seen resting on cots, neatly laid turfs, and on cushions lined under a tree.
The duo is currently fostering over 30 dogs at the Bylakuppe centre. The home was established in August 2018 and has since been funded by only one person named Tsering Dolma, who is based in the US.
Kalsang — Tsering’s brother — is the administrator of the shelter home for our furry friends.
“We’ve had the vision to build a shelter home for strays for many years. After saving some money, my sister took the initiative to fund the centre. A street dog with nine puppies became our first inhabitant,” The New Indian Express quoted Kalsang as saying.
“We cannot take in healthy strays as we have limited space and funds,” he added.
The rescue home’s monthly expenses often exceed Rs. 70,000. It has appointed a nurse and two helpers. To treat the strays, a veterinarian doctor from Periyapatna also visits the centre.
A ‘time table’ for each day lists timings for the dogs’ meals, walks among other things.
“We need 220 kilos of rice per month. The dogs are fed milk and rice, pedigree and chicken – in turns. Their snacks include bones, pedigree, biscuits and curd,” he explained.
The facility, besides Tsering’s savings, raises funds by providing treatment to other pets at a subsidised rate.
“These pet owners also provide some donation amount, all of which is used to provide better facilities to the strays at our home,” he said.
The rescued and treated dogs are put up for adoption. The centre ensures that they are safely rehabilitated.
“Many tourists used to adopt dogs from here. However, since the tourist flow has been reduced following the pandemic, the adoption rate has gone down,” he said.