A man who was once afraid of dogs, Balu of Pune, India certainly had a spectacular reason to overcome his fear. He and his wife adore animals, and for ten years Balu saved enough money to do something great: he purchased a van and converted it into a dog ambulance.
Some support Balu’s work rescuing injured and stray dogs from India’s streets, but others are not so appreciative. He continues to do what he believes these dogs deserve in spite of the negativity.
In just a handful of states, villagers have approved dog culls to decrease their numbers. When news of the killings arose, animal welfare organizations stepped in and encouraged alternative solutions. Mass sterilization plans came to life with the help of the local government, though still thousands of dogs cause issues for citizens.
For even the small number helped by Balu, his kindness means the world. He keeps around five to six pups in his home at any given time, for which he and his wife provide any necessary medical care and unending love. For others who wish to use his transportation services, he also charges a small fee (about 24 cents/kilometer) to move an animal from one place to another, and uses the proceeds to fund more rescues.
Vinod Salvi of the Pets Force farm (he does not like the term “shelter”) cares for Balu’s charges from time to time as well. Catching the dogs is the hardest part of the rescue, Salvi says, so Balu is doing quite a good job of it.
Ten years of saving, and so many lives saved as a result. That’s the kind of good we hope to see in the world. Thank you, Balu, for your efforts and for your kindness toward the animals others might let fall by the wayside.
View Balu’s full story in the video above, and don’t forget to click the “subtitles/closed captions” button!