The lockdown-affected stray animals find their messiahs


Srilu Bhopal was on her means again residence from the U.S. when she heard of the lockdown. “My first thoughts were of the street dogs,” she reveals. Srilu’s been caring for avenue canines in Hyderabad, together with the well-known animal rescuer T V Siva Prakash, beneath Sarva Jeeva Society, lengthy earlier than the pandemic hit us. However, throughout the lockdown, she realised that they might should feed lots of of stray animals “It’s a first time I had to plan an initiative of such a large scale,” admits Srilu, who geared as much as face the problem.

Siva Prakash, an engineer by occupation, runs an car unit in Neredmet. With the lockdown, the area changed into the centre for animal feeding, virtually in a single day. The feeding programme that started on March 28 with 100 canines in Sainikpuri space, has since prolonged to extra canines and areas.

Srilu Bhopal mobilised funds via her household and associates; very quickly the cash coming in was sufficient to feed numerous strays. “Our 250 volunteers are reaching out to almost 5000 dogs through 180 outlets in the city,” says Siva Prakash, who begins cooking at 4.30 am together with a number of associates. By 7 am the meals is loaded right into a truck that heads out to varied places and handed over to the volunteers who in flip begin feeding the canines.

Daily consignments

Srilu Bhopal, a part of ‘Feed the strays’ motion in Hyderabad
 
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Simultaneously, at 7 am one other consignment with 25 dozens bananas, 20 kilos of tomatoes, 20 kilos of cucumber, 50 kilos of various greens and 5 kilos of pet food is distributed to Keesaragutta to feed 500 monkeys, 10 cows, 40 canines affected by the closure of the temple throughout the lockout. The birds too are being fed grains.

Srilu who coordinates the route maps with volunteers, says, “Our volunteers are mostly students, IT employees and homemakers, they all have the same compassion towards animals. In the process of feeding them they are also getting attached to them.”

Food for stray dogs being prepared at Mr T V Siva Prakash’s house in Hyderabad

Food for stray canines being ready at Mr T V Siva Prakash’s home in Hyderabad
 
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What goes into the pet food? “It’s mostly chicken and rice,” says Siva Prakash. “We cook about 250 kilos of rice and 100 kilos of chicken, in five vessels that can accommodate 50 kilos of rice. We pack 10 kilos of rice into each container; that feeds about 25 dogs,” shares Siva Prakash. Dogs seldom cross over from their territories. The ones that dwell in residential areas, regardless of the lockdown, are in a position to maintain themselves. The scenario is worse for canines on the principle roads, informs Siva Prakash. “With restaurants, cafes and street side vendors shutting shop, street dogs are left with no source of food and they don’t dare to enter other localities. That’s why we’ve been concentrating on feeding dogs on the main roads.”

Cleanliness resulting from leftover meals isn’t any problem. “The dogs are so hungry, they hardly leave out anything,” elaborates Siva Prakash.

Food and well being

A volunteer feeding stray dogs

The volunteers have come to recognise the canines they feed and infrequently give suggestions that so and so canine didn’t flip up that day. Sensing it should be unwell, both a digestive tonic or an antibiotic is blended within the meals for that individual canine.

“We have a medical rescue team for dehydrated, starved, ill and injured small and large animals and birds. As there are no veterinary doctors we have attended nearly 1000 rescue cases during the lockdown. We have also come across LSD (lumpy skin disease), the this affects cows and buffaloes. We are vaccinating cattle against the virus and treating them with antibiotics, pain killers and multivitamins,” provides Siva Prakash. Uppal municipal veterinary division and canine catching staff can be working with Sarva Jeeva Society to distribute pet food at industrial and residential areas of Uppal.

Monkey is being fed by Sarva Jeeva Society volunteer at Keesara temple near Keesara Gutta

Monkey is being fed by Sarva Jeeva Society volunteer at Keesara temple close to Keesara Gutta  
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Siva Prakash’s tryst with animals started in his childhood, due to his father’s job with the forest division. Does he really feel the absence of individuals on roads may have an adversarial affect on avenue canines? “On the contrary, they are happy and feel less insecure. Why do you think we keep hearing stories of animals straying on to roads and public spaces? They feel far more secure when people are not around. As long as they get food, they are more than happy,” he shares.

Srilu Bhopal says it helped that the High Court handed an order asking the police to supply safety to canines and canine feeders and has made it a “punishable offence in case anyone restricts, prohibits or causes inconvenience to any person feeding a street dog or resorts to removal or dislocation or killing a dog.” Srilu additionally cites that beneath Section 503, IPC 1860, intimidation of canine feeders is a legal offence.

Earlier, Srilu was on the forefront of a avenue canine sterilization programme in affiliation with GHMC, the place she shouldered an enormous duty of documenting the grownup canine inhabitants within the metropolis with the assistance of an enormous power of volunteers. With the main focus now on feeding the strays, Srilu says her efforts will proceed in direction of mobilising funds and a workforce to maintain up the momentum. All the volunteers have been given passes to maneuver throughout the town. However, the cops and GHMC employees pitch in to feed within the Red Zone areas.

With the day by day expenditure incurred starting from ₹12,000 to ₹16,000, how hopeful are they about sustaining the feeding programme? “We have the raw stock for another 20 days. We are hopeful we’ll be able to continue much after that,” says a assured Siva Prakash.

(To contact Sarva Jeeva Society, name TV Siva Prakash: 88855 77008; Srilu Bhopal: 99490 92194)

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