The stray population in India haven’t had it very easy off late. Last year alone, the news highlighted disturbing incidents where dogs were burned alive and flung off building terraces, among others. Cruelty towards the stray population in India, is only increasing with each passing day. But it isn’t just the inhumane acts of cruelty by a few that is the problem. A much greater problem lies in the turning away of the rest of us who won’t speak out on their behalf – not just with regards to animal cruelty, but the helpless living conditions of the stray animals and birds in nooks and corners of our country. The good work of animal activists and enthusiasts is not enough to look after the entire stray population. We all need to actively participate in overcoming certain problems faced by animals, for they are an important part of our community.
Human recklessness and animal cruelty
Animal cruelty is one of the biggest problems faced by the Indian stray population. The number of animal cruelty incidents brought to the limelight last year, especially in case of stray dogs, speaks volumes of the indifference in our attitudes towards the urban stray. The humble actions of a few animal rights groups won’t save animals. There needs to be a shift in the mindset of people, where we are all inclusive and welcoming of the stray population, and look out for them as part of our community, rather than a menace.
Buying over adopting
Everyone loves the idea of having a little pet in the house. Many of us believe ourselves to be animal lovers too. Yet, the number of homes that buy pets from breeders rather than adopt from the streets, is much higher, and that is a major threat to animals. When you adopt, you not only spend a lot less money, but you also save a life. So adopt, don’t buy!
Scavenge for food
Occasionally you’ll see a passer by who stops to drop a few biscuits for a stray dog, but that’s about the effort we take to save animals. They have to helplessly search through garbage bins for food remains that will feed them for days. We complain about strays spreading diseases, but we need to understand that we too, are part of the problem faced by strays. We leave our garbage unattended, and ignore the helpless hungry creatures. A solution to this is a simple feeding program for a few dogs in your area. Even if conducted only once a week, it will save animals.
No shelter for the stray
The only home for the urban stray animals is the shade of a tree, and the bottom of a car. Situations are worsened by the season changes through the year. In the monsoons, they are drenched, and often tend to catch diseases, and in the summer, the sun rays burn their skin. There are several animal shelters in India, but there are still so many animals looking for shelter. If you cannot provide a shelter for them yourself, you can always lead them to an animal shelter where they will be well taken care of.
Death due to dehydration
The summer temperatures in India are a major threat to animals. This summer, several animal enthusiasts are participating in the #PledgeABowl initiative, wherein they put out bowls of water for the stray animals and birds, so that they can get by in these burning summer months. The aim for the #PledgeABowl campaign is to reduce the number of deaths due to dehydration between March and June.
You too, can be a part of this mission to provide water to stray animals and birds. If funds are the only thing stopping you from taking up this initiative, we urge you to raise money for it by starting a crowdfunding campaign on Impact Guru. All you have to do is tell the world about this issue you are trying to resolve, and ask them to donate towards your campaign, and share it on social media. It is a great way to make a difference to the lives of our furry friends who can’t speak for themselves.