There is no denying the fact that 2020 was a challenging year for everybody, including animals.
In India, animals such as dogs who mostly filled their bellies at street food stalls, were starving as there were no street eateries operating during a long long lockdown. I was in my home town, New Delhi, working from home like most of us.
During the month of July 2020, a dog near the place I live (we fondly called her Brownie) delivered 7 pups in wilderness.
I remember, after work, I was looking out of the balcony enjoying clean Delhi’s breeze due to lockdown, for a change.. and I noticed that Brownie still did not come to eat her evening meal. It had been 3 days and she was nowhere in sight. I got worried as I knew she could deliver pups anytime soon, and I so wanted to step out and look for her. Like everybody else, I was petrified too, to go out as I hadn’t stepped out since months.
But I did, and a few houses next to my building, In an empty, dirty land, I would never ever forget my first sight of Brownie’s puppies, there were the cutest, cleanest, tiniest ball of fur! All of them were toppled as the land’s surface was uneven.. The first instinct was to put them all together on a flat surface. After the search mission completed, this was the sight..
The next day, I sought help from a animal-lover person to build a temporary shed for the puppies! We came every morning and changed sheets, cleaned the surroundings and put fresh water for Brownie.
..until..it started raining heavily one night and we were worried if the shed would sustain the heavy rainfall.
Next morning the first thing was to check on the pups, luckily, the pups were fine however, the entire area and their bed was damp.
Without any second thought, the pups were moved from there to a safe house shelter as it was predicted that the rains will continue for a few more weeks due to monsoon. Soon, 2 months went by, from observing the pups crawl over, their eyes open and to their first bark, despite the struggles, it was an beautiful experience.
Brownie weaned off the pups and thus, they were ready for adoption! However, my biggest fear was, will anyone come forward to adopt them??
With such thoughts parallelly running in my mind, I started to post about adoption for these 7 pups.
To my biggest surprise, one by one, 5 amazing humans came forward and decided to give these pups a better life than what they would get on the streets of India. I wouldn’t be able to express in words how grateful I will to be all the five dog parents who decided to adopt an Indian Street Puppy/Indies/Desi Puppy, opening up the space in their hearts and homes for the pups!
One of the 5 adopted pups is adopted by a person who hails from the USA, but he is currently working in India. It’s so heartwarming to see, that instead of ‘purchasing’ a foreign bred dog, he decided to save a life of Indian street dog. #AdoptDontShop :”)
The 5 Adopted Pups who now have a permanent loving family!
If this isn’t perfect, I don’t know what is! God had planned loving families for them and they found it..
Meet Momo and Beesa,
2 out of the 7 pups, who are still waiting for a forever home, however, currently living with a loving foster family.
Now as winters are here, Along with one of my friend, arranged gunny sack bags for our street dogs. Two NGOs namely, Lotus Indie Foundation and We Exist Foundation who work Animal Welfare in India, were providing dog beds to ground volunteers like us. With their help, we were able to procure a few gunny sack beds. However, the cold is such, I also purchased dog coats as well and put in on a few furries who I was familiar with.
Another topic that needs more sensitivity is Sterilization/Neutering of dogs, that’s a viable method cited by the Government to control dog population and end suffering of puppies who die under the wheels of cars. In a span of 6 months, I managed to get 5 dog sterilized in my area, number is not big but I feel it’s a good start as an individual 😊 When I see them now, healthier, happier, running around, with no fear of getting attacked by other dogs and lesser health issues.
For 2 dogs who are very close to me and they trust me enough to go to a veterinarian with me, I got it done myself.
For the other 3, I got it done via Delhi Municipal Corporations who do it for free for community dogs, you’d have to call them and they come with trained dog catchers and a van and drop them back in the same area, but volunteers like us have to be very vigilant during the whole process to follow up with them.
I am really not sure why I am I even writing this in my blog, or deep inside I do know why, it’s 6th of January and it would have been my lifeline, my strength, Picu’s 11th birthday. 🙂
This was my positive experience amidst the adversity in 2020. I truly hope you all had it too.
Having 1 person by your side for a good cause, is stronger than 5 against you.