No Country For Old Dogs: But Here’s A Heartwarming ‘Tail’ of Compassion!


They look at you with tender eyes, hoping for just a little bit of kindness, if they’re lucky a pat on their head or even a treat on the street. But these voiceless mostly just have to fend for themselves from trash or get a harsh treatment for trying to find shelter in the unforgiving rain or cold. There are many who have it even worse owing to their health condition.

I came across ‘Tails of Compassion Trust’ on social media and my heart immediately turned into a pulp looking at the work they do for these senior and specially-abled dogs.

Divya Parthasarathy is single handedly, painstakingly and lovingly looking after over 60 dogs with 25 out of them with special needs, along with 2 goats and a calf.

Divya feeding her furry friends on her birthday, January 2021

Divya and her family are animal lovers and have always had dogs at home, often tending to injured ones. Seeing dogs in cages bothered Divya and so was the condition of those who couldn’t help themselves due to age or an ailment.

“There are hardly any places for paralysed or specially-abled dogs to live with dignity. It is very convenient to either cage them or be put down.”

“When you try your best to make a human survive despite all odds, why not an animal? Why give up on them so easily and euthanise them?”

Given this state of affairs and people’s mentality towards the stray, Divya took the initiative to start ‘Tails of Compassion Trust’ in Gurgaon to provide a safe haven for dogs in need who are in their old age, paralysed, accident victims or require extra attention.

Divya was 32 when she started the trust in 2018, putting in all her savings. She finally quit her job as a corporate communication professional a year later to dedicate herself full time to be with her furry family.

“Awareness is very important when it comes to changing people’s mentality. There is hardly anyone who wants to adopt a desi dog.”

“There’s no harm in wanting a breed dog but at least adopt one who has been abandoned or give an older dog a chance. Don’t consider them as products or a property which you can buy.”

“It hurts when dogs are discarded as desis.”

Tails of Compassion Trust shelter in Gurgaon

“Having said that there are also good people who have adopted a full-grown desi dog. All I tell them is if a situation arises that they don’t want the dog anymore, they should call me and not abandon her.”

Isn’t it true that the family suffers more when a loved one is in pain? That’s what happens with Divya most of the time considering her family of dogs comprise mostly of senior ones and in pain.

“I just can’t deal with the loss of my dogs. I know I have to become stone hearted and let go but I can’t! Most of the time I am upset and crying at night. It is very heart breaking to see them pass away after loving and taking care of them so much.”

“It is sometimes so overburdening and overwhelming when I get dogs in unimaginable conditions. Recently I rescued 6 dogs in a single day.”

“It is a huge investment, both financially and mentally.”

“Even though the bodies of paralysed dogs are broken, their souls are intact, their spirits undying and their zest for life bubbling like ever before. You have to meet one to know what I am talking about! They are happy dogs and deserve a fighting chance at life.”

Divya is supported by a minimal staff and some helpful volunteers. Mostly she personally takes care of the vet visits. Please support Tails of Compassion Trust in whatever capacity you wish. Here’s Divya’s appeal in her own words:

“These dogs have gone through a lot and my work is all about closing their past and unboxing a beautiful present and future. ToC’s dream is to expand its facility to accommodate more animals and also improve our services for the ones already living with us. We needs funds to dream big and do big. We depend on generous animal lovers to help support our cause. Please donate and share to help ToC save more specially-abled and senior dogs.”

Know more on their website or contact Divya on +91 96506 50044

Gpay: A/c 60301104999 IFSC: MAHB0000593
Paytm: 9650650044

You can also help raise funds on this link.

Published by Geetanjali Prasad

For a decade or so, I worked as a television news reporter, producer and anchor and dabbled in genres like entertainment, business, real estate, sports and travel for different television channels. Currently since the last five years, I am taking care of the subject of climate change and green buildings by visual storytelling through digital platforms for an American organisation. I have started this blog purely for love of writing and pursuit of extraordinary stories (as the name suggests) by looking for people who have done immensely inspiring work or overcame situations that demanded exceptional grit and determination. I want to document and share these stories with the world in the hope that it motivates more people including me to be just a little kinder to everything and everyone (including animals & environment) around us, a bit more fearless to fight for what is right and the endurance to achieve what we envision.

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