Mad Dogs trust was started by my husband Brian Shepherd and I. We left the UK in 2007 and travelled overland for four months with our Dalmatians, Monty, Izzy and Wooster. On arrival at Fort Cochin, Brian and I could not find a vet for a cut leg on a Saturday night or all day Sunday.
On seeing this and the plight of street animals, we decided to try to remedy the situation. That was our humble beginning. Since then, we have gained experience working voluntarily at the government veterinary clinic, helping with a free medical camp set up by care for Animals Charitable Trust and organising a fund raiser for them.
We managed to fund a surgery at Veli in Fort Kochi, where we employed a wonderful vet, Dr. Martina Yohanan. We take in and treat sick and injured street animals and, where appropriate, sterilise them before returning them to their friends.
When rehoming, we will not accept homes that chain or cage animals, this sometimes takes time, money and energy but we have, so far, got there in the end! Periodi checks are done. As we have no government funding we treat occasionally privately owned animals in return for a donation which enables us to vaccinate every street dog we handle against rabies and distemper.
Why Mad Dogs Trust?
Or it's full name: Mad Dogs (and a Scot).
In honour of Noel Cowards' song that observed the absurdities of the English in Asia:
"In Bengal to move at all is seldom if ever done
But Mad Dogs and Englishmen go out in the mid-day sun
Out in the mid-day,
Out in the mid-day, Out in the mid-day,
Out in the mid-day sun.."
And a Scot in memory of my husband who died here in October 2006, without whom I would never have been here. Thank you my darling, darling.