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Why not try feeding a stray animal today?

Food is a necessary requirement for all living beings, without which we can’t even survive a day. We all know that the lockdown has made life so hard, that the basic requirement like food wasn’t available for all, especially the stray animals. Stray animals had no food or proper shelter during the lockdown, since everyone was strictly abiding by the Covid-19 protocols by staying at home. Although many stayed at home, a few among them went outdoors to take care of those stray animals.

On July 1, 2021, the High Court passed the law saying that stray or street dogs have the right to food and citizens have the right to feed them, but in exercising this right, care and caution should be taken to ensure that it did not impinge upon the rights of others.

Now, let’s meet Ramona and her daughter Simran, who took the initiative of taking care of the stray dogs. Ramona works as an HR trainer and her daughter is a 2nd year BHA student. Every evening you will find them both in their car, with a bowl full of food for the stray dogs, not only do they just serve the food, they pat them with love. People do watch them with curiosity and have appreciated their work.

They both began feeding stray dogs right after the post lockdown in March 2020. According to Ramona, “The lockdown has adversely affected the life of stray dogs, so the need for taking care of them became one of our major concerns.” Most of the stray dogs she meets have at least one or other medical concerns. Ramona adds, “I usually consult vet on issues regarding their health, especially skin diseases.”

On a regular day it might require an amount of 3 kg rice and chicken, in order to feed them and they usually prepare food at home. They clean the area right after they leave, which Ramona takes as a responsibility.

They usually feed dogs in the regions of Maranamikatte, Morgans Gate, Mangaladevi road, and parts of Attavar. It’s fascinating to see the dogs keenly waiting for them. once they reach, there will be a lot of them surrounding their car. “Wherever we go, we now find people who aren’t fond of pets have started giving food for the strays too,” which according to Ramona is a good start.

An year ago four dogs that lived in parts of Valencia were poisoned, and this according to them is very disappointing; even if one couldn’t take care of these stray dogs but never try hurting them, this was one of their major concerns.  Also, in the near future they would like to bring up foster homes for these dogs.

“Wherever you live, it takes no time in sharing the leftover food for these stray animals. If anyone finds a dog in their locality or area that doesn’t have his/her ear clipped then, all you need to do is take a clear picture of the dog and send it to animal care with address and location. Animal care would immediately respond,” Ramona adds.

Alenjith K Johny

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