Moving from Delhi to Chennai 20 years ago to pursue a career was not an easy decision for Anjali. What made her stay back in Chennai was a special love for homeless dogs. She found them wherever she went, on roadsides, by the garbage bins; sometimes injured, lost and hungry but always affectionate and with a wagging tail. Anjali took them under her wing and has them all in her home today. “The space is cramped. I had a room (on stilts) constructed for them. Another room like this one would make things quite manageable. There are many dogs out there who’d like shelter and regular nourishment. I’d like to help them out as well,” she says.
She feeds and medicates all of her dogs and does birth control surgery. Space is always a challenge but Anjali loves her service to these homeless creatures.
Anjali's work does not end with simply feeding these dogs and giving them a place to live; birth control of stray dogs is another important aspect of her work. “It is important to control their population,” she says, adding that doctors from People for Animals (PFA) and private vets help with this. When she sees a stray dog that is not neutered, she takes them in her Maruti Omni rescue van and brings them in for birth control. With age, the van has outlasted its utility and Anjali is looking to purchase another vehicle that will make her task a little easier. "It gets very difficult to control the dogs in this van; they are agitated, there's little room and I'm just a single person who has to control them and keep my eye on the road," says Anjali. She is on the lookout to exchange her van for a new Maruti Eeco. "A larger van will make my job a little easier," adds Anjali.
Anjali has made a mission out of providing a home for the homeless dogs. These homeless dogs are a part of her family and she a part of theirs.
Your support for Anjali will help her purchase a new rescue van and make her selfless mission a little easier.