Daring Rajani D Shetty Rescues Stray Dog Fallen into an Abandoned 30ft Well

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Daring Rajani D Shetty Rescues Stray Dog Fallen into an Abandoned 30ft Well

Mangaluru: She has done it in the past many times, and still continues to do it-Rescuing Dogs, Cats, Snakes, Reptiles, Birds etc. Here is yet another heart-touching story of a woman named Ms Rajani Damaodar Shetty, aged 43, a TRUE Animal Lover, and who finds the company of dogs much more endearing and comforting than the company of fellow human beings. Taking care of these furry friends isn’t new to her, since she has been a Good Samaritan to stray animals for over a decade. All these dogs have become her family. She takes care of the dogs’ every need. She feeds nearly 500-600 stray dogs every night between 12 midnight till 2 am, and if needed, she takes care of all their medical expenditure including vaccinations and treatments. And she bears the expenses all from her own pocket.

Three years ago, her daring act of rescuing a stray dog fallen into an open well, located in the Biruver Kudla ground on 30 January 2020 made breaking news in print and electronic media, thereby receiving lots of appreciation and applause from all quarters. That story of Ms Rajani, the stray dog’s saviour, published in Mangalorean.com had reached far and wide and received wide applause and also generous help from our readers and public towards her expenses.-Many Good Samaritans have come forward to help her with money, food and other pet medicines. Also, a lot of dog lovers now visit her and offer her help. Many animal lovers appreciate Rajani’s work, where she has been single-handedly taking care of 500 plus stray dogs with all love, dedication, and passion. Ms Rajani is always ready to jump into action when she sees or gets a call to rescue a stray animal, day or night.

And here is a recent example of her rescue efforts in getting a stray dog fallen into a well. Narrating the story to Team Mangalorean, Ms Rajani Shetty said, “Around 11.45 pm I received a call from Atul {Pai of Mangaluru Rescues, informing me that a stray dog has fallen into a 30 ft abandoned well near Ashoknagar in the City. Even though I was a bit nervous since it was too dark and the well was deep, I took a bold step. I saw the dog struggling for its life as it was in the water for a long time, and was struggling to hold its breadth in the water”.

“Since it was dark, the initial plan was to not get down into the well and rescue the dog but use a grasper stick, but the efforts failed. The dog was in need of help, and if it stayed for more time inside the well, we would have lost the poor animal. With no other option, I took the bold step to get into the well immediately, with the help of RJ Sudeep and Atul Pai and other locals nearby and succeeded in rescuing the poor dog. The moment the dog was brought up, we noticed that it wasn’t breathing or responding to us,” she added.

Rescued Stray Dog Walks Away Happily after Administering First-Aid

Ms Rajani further said, “First-aid was administered to remove water from the dog. Finally, after multiple attempts, the dog was revived, and it later walked off. It is important to cover abandoned wells, and I am happy that I saved yet another four-legged animal, this being my 120th rescue of an animal from a well. Thus was the happy ending for this cute dog, which did get a second life. I feel proud that I saved yet another dog in a different situation, unlike my past rescue operations”.

Yes, when many animal cruelty cases are being reported, this woman stands out as a stark contrast. Despite the lack of support, Ms Rajani, with her own money, spends on these canines, for their food, medicines and care. She is alone in her battle to rescue these dogs, who are otherwise ignored and left to fend for themselves. She does not have many helping hands in her endeavour; her neighbours constantly harass her because of this initiative and the only other people who help her out in her efforts, are her beloved husband and her three children- and well-wishers.

Even in spite of neighbours harassing and confronting her for what she is doing, Ms Rajani says she will never stop her love and care for the stray animals no matter even if her neighbours assault her (which has happened quite a few times, she says), and if she sees suffering stray dogs which may need special care, she says that she won’t mind treating yet more dogs with as much love, she has given to her present over a dozen canines. Taking care of pets at home, and around 500 plus canines at night on the City streets is quite remarkable and commendable.

The Ms Rajani Damodar Shetty Family who takes care of stray animals daily

When asked how she feels about taking care of stray dogs, “Just like us, human beings, these animals also have lives and they also need to live as we do. When they need someone to love and pet them, we should help out. I feel happy when I save animals, including snakes and other reptiles who are on the verge of dying, that I gave them a new lease of life. Till I am alive, nothing will happen to these stray ones, and I won’t let” she said with the proud air of a matriarch. Ms Rajani has also pledged her organs to save other human lives after her death-and her children have also planned to follow in their “Organ Donor” mother’s footsteps.

If anyone of our readers would like to help financially or with pet products, or even want her rescued animals/reptiles/birds etc. can contact Ms Rajani Damodar Shetty at 8904563332, 8904563331 or visit her house located in “Doddahithlu”, Ballalbagh, Mangaluru.


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