India has one of the largest numbers of strays and most of these hapless, unfortunate creatures do not have what you would call a proper life of their own. We hear countless incidents of death, starvation and many other misfortunes that befall our strays. The need of the hour pertains to a tangible strategy to help strays lead better lives and at the same time, tackle predominantly selfish mindsets that label them menaces and threats to urban life. Here are the top 20 ways to help strays:
- “Allow your friendly neighbourhood strays to rest in your front yard or garden at night. These hapless creatures hardly have anywhere to go and will be immensely loyal to you if you give them a proper place to stay” (Ruchira Joshi, Kolkata)
- Arrange for proper meals for strays that assemble in your neighbourhood. This does not cost much and allows them to have a few proper meals instead of rummaging about in garbage vats
- Encourage other residents of your neighbourhood to feed and care for strays
- In scorching summer, encourage strays to rest under a proper shade in the neighbourhood
- Winters are exceedingly severe in many parts of India. Do not hesitate to give out a few blankets or dog jackets for strays
- Arrange for doctors and medics to vaccinate neighbourhood strays on a regular basis.
The costs can be shared among all residents of the neighbourhood
- Talk to the local authorities with regard to identifying proper shelters or spaces for strays to rest in
- “Try rehabilitating strays who are aggressive or severely in need of proper care courtesy animal shelters and NGOs” (Pramit Mukherjee, Bangalore)
- Talk to local councillors and other municipal authorities with regard to keeping garbage dumps out of bounds for strays. This will prevent them getting exposed to unnecessary infections.
- “Adopt a stray. You will end up getting one of the best companions for life.” (Asha Mehta, Kolkata)
- Talk to special pet care agencies with regard to contributing necessary provisions for strays and whenever required, rehabilitate them swiftly
- Always have vets on call if any of your beloved strays develop infections or other medical problems
- Always watch out for signs of injury or other accidents including limps or visible discomfort. Contact doctors immediately
- Your neighbourhood strays should not be chased away or bitten by your own pets. Train them in this regard along with giving them maximum exposure to strays in a secure manner
- Strictly ask children to refrain from throwing stones or other particles at strays. Instead, teach your children love, compassion and kindness!
- Ask shop owners and passersby to refrain from kicking or beating up strays whenever they come close
- Raise the issue of strays in your neighbourhood and inculcate greater awareness about how to care for them
- Maintain an affectionate relationship with strays and ask others to behave well towards them for boosting their morale
- A kind word or a gentle pat will make their day!
- Help with donations to spay and neuter so that the populations don’t increase.If you have more ideas, we’d love to hear them.
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