I am obsessed with watching animal rescue videos on YouTube. But especially those that involve dogs, and especially those from an Indian animal rescue organization called Animal Aid India located in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
A life-long animal lover, and from a family where we have always had dogs, cats, rabbits or birds, and have always adopted them from a shelter, I love to watch how other animals are rescued, given food, medicine and much needed surgery, and taken care of until they are completely well.
In the several years I have been watching Animal Aid India’s animal rescue videos, I have several favorites I go back to now and again. Just to re-watch these beautiful dogs, cats, horses, cows, pigs and other assorted animals be plucked from horrific conditions, and taken to a place where their lives will change.
So today, I thought I would share some of my favorite Animal Aid India rescue videos, as I think these videos are incredibly important to watch.
After all, not only do they make you happy, and make you realize the world isn’t always populated with as many terrible people as you may think, these rescue videos are also important for another reason.
That is because they illustrate a good lesson for anyone to learn.
A lesson that animals — dogs, cats, horses, pigs, rabbits, cows, any animal at all — should be treated just as well as any human being deserves to be treated. And they should always be taken care of, and made to feel safe.
Animal Aid India
Animal Aid India is one of my favorite YouTube channels, as India has more stray animals than almost any other country on the planet.
And, while many Indians love and take care of their animals, others do not.
The animals that come into contact with these people are hit, beaten, kicked, stabbed, poisoned and physically and mentally abused in so many ways, it is a wonder so many of them survive.
Other animals in India end up in bad situations due to the environment they are in — falling down deep wells, getting their heads stuck in plastic containers they will never get out of without human help, eating things that are dangerous because they are starving, drinking contaminated water, getting stuck on railway tracks and having limbs amputated by passing trains — and Animal Aid India, a local animal rescue organization, goes into all these situations and helps as many as they can.
These four videos of the several hundred the organization has on its YouTube channel are just some of my many favorites.
The first is of a dog that had fallen down a deep well, had been stuck down there for hours, and would have drowned if someone from Animal Aid India hadn’t climbed down into the well to get him.
And no, this is not the first time someone from the organization has climbed down a well to save a drowning animal. India has many open wells, and Animal Aid India staff has been down many of them in search of an animal that would have lost its life without them.
They have even rescued cows.
The second video from Animal Aid India is distressing to watch as it shows three tiny puppies stuck in tar that has hardened while they lay there.
The animal rescuers have to peel the puppies from the ground, and carry them and their tar prison back to the Animal Aid India compound where they are rubbed with oil for many hours before they are freed from the tar and safely clean.
The third video is of the rescue and medical treatment of a donkey that was so severely beaten by a man with a metal pipe it had more than 20 deep wounds, including a ruptured eye.
That donkey now lives permanently at Animal Aid India. The man himself was arrested and charged.
The last Animal Aid India is a compilation of some of the thousands of amazing rescues the Indian animal rescue organization has carried out over the last few years.
Including of a cow stuck so far down in a drain they had to get a digger to dig up part of the street to get it out, dogs trapped in gates, another dog stuck in a drain grid, and various others in wells or garbage dumps.
Animal Aid India is a rescue organization, a hospital, an outreach and educational center, a no-kill shelter and a sanctuary for trapped, injured and sick animals that do not have owners.
They rescue thousands of animals every year, treat thousands more, and heal the vast majority of them.
They also have over 200 dogs, cows and donkeys living at their sanctuary permanently, as they were deemed to old, too frail, too disabled or too abused to ever be able to live safely on the streets.
The organization even goes into schools and other places in the general community and teaches people about taking care of animals.
So much so, Animal Aid India now has hundreds of people in the local community calling every month asking them for help with a sick, stuck or injured animal. Others have completely changed the way they treat animals.
If you love animals as much as I do, and want to help an organization that does some incredible work in a country that has a much larger street animal population than the country you probably live in, there are several ways you can help.
Animal Aid India has a website, where you can find out more about their work and the animals they help.
From there, you can donate, sponsor an animal, buy hand-made jewelry from their shop, and even make arrangements to visit their sanctuary or to volunteer there.
And, if you cannot afford to donate, please subscribe to Animal Aid India’s YouTube channel and watch their videos, as you can help fund them just by doing that. You can even see what wonderful staff and volunteers they have, and all the work the do, in the video at the bottom of this page.
Finally, watch the video below from co-founders of Animal Aid India, James Myers, Claire Abrams and Erika Abrams, who talk about how the non-profit was founded, what it does, how it operates, and how the local community is involved.
As James Myers says, “60,000 animals have been rescued over the last 15 years here (it’s about 17 years now), and every one is important.