They may have a disability or ongoing medical needs, or they may have come to us at a very young age and not have their own family or territory to return to. Some may have suffered cruelty or abuse and need a place of love and sanctuary.
These animals stay at TOLFA and become our special shelter animals, like those featured here.
Odin is a mature dog who was admitted to TOLFA with a maggot wound on his face. We were able to clean and heal the wound but sadly Odin lost his eye. Because of this and his aloof personality we decided Odin would fare better at TOLFA.
Suraksha the camel was less than a year old when he was found alone on the road outside TOLFA. Our staff brought him in, and he’s been here ever since. Originally Suraksha (meaning ‘safety’ in Hindi) was suffering from mange, camel pox, and malnutrition – probably the reason he was abandoned by his owner. It has taken a long time, but Suraksha is now at the peak of good health and is one of our most well-loved shelter animals – he even has his own Instagram account. For some reason Odin and Suraksha have become great friends and are often found hanging out together.
Mandy is a friendly busy-body who always likes to know what is going on. She has rickets which has caused the deformity of her legs. Rickets is most usually caused by Vitamin D or Phosphorus deficiency, although it can also happen when there is excess calcium in a puppy’s diet.
Rickets causes abnormal growth of the bone-plates causing the ‘bowed leg’ deformity. We have seen many dogs with rickets, but we hope with improved education and animal diets this will reduce. Mandy would have struggled to survive well on the streets – luckily, she loves all the comings and goings at TOLFA.
Merlin is a big dog who still thinks he’s a puppy! Merlin had an accident when he was younger and had to have a partial front leg amputation. He is one of our many shelter dogs getting about on less than 4 legs and we’re happy to have him as part of the TOLFA family.
Milo is one of our longest serving residents here at TOLFA. He arrived originally with a severe leg fracture that was open through the skin, and it was a long road to recovery. Like many of our other equines he’s now a ‘wonky donkey’ but that doesn’t mean we love him any the less – in fact he fits right in here at our sanctuary of imperfectly perfect animals. Milo is available to sponsor.