Hunger is a curse.Till today so many humans as well as animals go to sleep with hungry tummy.
Like the human beings our furry friends feel hungry too and in general it's a challenging job for them to scavenge food.
Now the ongoing Corona related national lockdown has made situations worse.
Street dogs and cats of many residential areas are affected to a degree because public eateries have closed down and their feeders are sometimes not turning up for fear of lockdown. But worst affected are dogs and cats living in places where there is no residential building nearby and their only food source is public eateries/visiting feeders, e g office districts, shopping towns, large educational complexes, factory complexes, game/entertainment parks, transport terminals (rail/bus/airport). Also similarly affected are dogs living on busy roads/highways with food shops/eateries on them but no residences nearby.
Myself Titas Mukherjee and I along with my husband Somak Chatterjee, run a registered animal shelter named Animal Rescue and Care at Thakurpukur, Kolkata, India which is one of the trusted organisations in Kolkata working relentlessly since last 5years.
We feed almost 200 plus animals daily in normal times and take care of their spaying, vaccination and treatment too. During this Corona lockdown in India, we are already trying to provide survival feeding to some more stray cats/ dogs/cows beyond our locality, employing added manpower to cover feeding of almost 700 animals.
The most important need surfaced by this experience of feeding is spaying/neutering these suffering animals.
This decision of sterilization was taken on the fourth day of feeding drive when we saw one adult female dog was crushed to death by a speeding vehicle ,she was waiting for us ,was waiting for food on the same spot where we have fed her the last 3days and this was the second death we got to see on that road as on the 2nd of feeding also we saw one puppy's crushed body on that same road.So just in 4 days 2 deaths at the place,on enquiring locals we got to know how almost every day one or other accident occurs there and specially puppies are crushed.
We will be applying for speed breakers in that particular area once this lockdown period gets over but at the same time spaying is mandatory there as the number of dogs is huge.
We aim to spay 250 females from these areas specially the busiest routes and conduct anti rabies vaccination for 400 dogs.
Feeding will help us to befriend this streeties and gain their confidence for catching/trapping process of sterilisation.
Feeding them to help them survive is just the beginning of the responsibility to ensure they have long secured hassle free life spaying is absolutely important.