Success Stories

Datia's Epic Journey

Datia meets Dorothy
Datia meets Dorothy
Datia - the little furry passenger
The little furry passenger
This little dog's life began miles away from Goa in the north Indian town of Datia in the state of Madhya Pradesh about 9 months ago. Meanwhile at the same time Swedish couple Elvira and Kotte were soon to embark of their adventurous motor cycle tour of India. The last thing they envisaged was a little furry passenger who would become their constant companion for the next few months. But early in their travels they came across an abandoned pup only a few weeks old and with no one to care for him, so what could they do? They named him after the place he was found and all three set off into the sunset.

Datia was loved and cared for and from his safe position seated between Evira and Kotte on the bike, saw more of India than most of us can ever hope to.With the couple's devotion Datia thrived and grew to be a healthy confident pup that would have otherwise surely has perished. Some months later the trio arrived in Goa. But Elvira and Kotte's time in India was drawing to a close and they knew that Datia had to find someone else to love and care for him. Whilst they put up posters and searched for such a home, Elvira and Kotte had Datia wormed and vaccinated at IAR Goa and asked for their help. Re homing animals is a constant issue for IAR as there are far more needy cats and dogs than there are good available homes.

But elsewhere in Little Vagator, there are a group of neighbors who live in a quiet residential area. Here IAR had recently managed to successfully home several pups and kittens to loving families. Another neighbor, Dorothy, had seen her friends with lovely cats and dogs and decided that if we could match her with the right dog she could offer a home. We showed her photographs of the handsome pup that had travelled from so far away and she was very happy to agree to meet him. Next day Elvira, Kotte and Datia were introduced to Dorothy. We need not have worried as it was love at first sight. We even managed to snap a photo of Datia's first and typically enthusiastic kiss.

So it was with much sadness but extreme relief that Elvira and Kotte said goodbye and left their little friend with his new mum. Dorothy and all the other local people who adopt a rescued animal will continue to receive free, support and medical treatment for one year from IAR. Of course Datia, now a naughty adolescent, has since been sterilized at International Animal Rescue Goa and is well settled, healthy and happily living in his new community.

We can never know how much of his epic journey Datia will remember, but it's certain that he is now in the best place he could ever have dreamed of thanks to a caring couple of travellers and everyone at IAR Goa.Generous donations to International Animal Rescue Goa are so very welcome and absolutely vital in order for the team to continue to offer this after care for the adopted animals we are fortunate enough to find homes for, and for all the other animals that are cared for, rescued and protected by the charity.