Vidit Sharma, a Noida resident feeds and cares for 3,000 stray dogs and so many cows every day. A common citizen, he was inspired to help the voiceless animals, thanks to the values instilled by his family. Taking care of the gentle animals is not cheap and Vidit now needs your help in sustaining and expanding his initiative.
Small Beginnings With A Big Heart
I started feeding strays since 2014. While he mostly focused on cows, things changes during the Covid-19 lockdown. Vidit realized that due to restaurants and eateries closing down the stray dogs, dependant on leftovers, had no way of feeding themselves.
While efforts were rightly being made to help the people adversely affected by the pandemic, the plight of our four legged friends was largely forgotten. Vidit as a result decided to do something about it.
He took out a Rs 5 lakh loan and set up a kitchen to cook food for the dogs. He started small, feeding 100 dogs and has never looked back.
Becoming A Guardian Of Strays
Vidit today feeds around 3,000 stray dogs. Helped by his brother, he has hired the help of four people to cook and distribute the food. Additionally, he has also set up a chara station where food for 100-150 cows is prepared everyday. The feeding starts at 7 am everyday and continues for the next 12 hours.
The care for animals does not stop here. Vidit has opened a shelter for small puppies, he cares for sick and injured dogs and vaccinates them against deadly diseases like rabies. He also gives them reflective dog collars to avoid the risk of being hit by vehicles and also makes them wear sweaters to save them from the harsh winters.
Vidit Needs Your Help In Sustaining His Initiative
Such a noble initiative, where Vidit tries to give the best to the strays, costs a lot of money. His daily expenses stand at Rs 7,000, which results in a monthly outlay of Rs 2.1 lakhs. This is a lot of money. Vidit also wants to buy a small van and an e-rickshaw loader. These vehicles will help him take the dogs for treatment and also allow him to take the daily cooked food to remote areas, so that the dogs there too get access to proper food.
Raising money is hard and Vidit struggles a lot. On most days he barely has enough to cover the next one week of operations. One some days he had to helplessly stop feeding the dogs as he just did not have the money to afford their food.
Vidit Puts Service Before Self
Vidit hails from an ordinary family. His biggest influence has been his grandmother who taught him the need to help the voiceless animals, who are an indelible part of our existence. Despite his personal struggles, like caring for his paralyzed father, Vidit has always strived to do all he can to help the stray animals.
He today needs your help in ensuring his social service continues and that he is able to buy the vehicles he needs to reach more strays. Please make a contribution and share Vidit’s story. A small effort from your side can mean a month’s food for a hungry stray dog or a cow.