Help, Contribute Sulakshmi Devi feed her 450 strays
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Fifteen years ago Sulakshmi Das Gupta and her husband Pinaki Dasgupta had 3 dogs as their pets in their house in C.R.Park, New Delhi. Unlike others who only feed their own dogs, and care for them, she started to feel compassionate towards the stray dogs around and began to feed them as well. While their home slowly filled up from 3 to 4 to 5 to 6 dogs (2 from the streets), she made a special effort to go out and feed more of them. Today, she feeds about 500 dogs in major localities such as C.R. Park, Kalkaji, Kailash Colony, Greater Kailash-Part-I, Greater Kailash-Part-II, and Okhla Phase 1 & 3.
Today, covering roughly 30 square Km, she also provides medical attention and care to the same 500 dogs monthly along with weekly vaccinations as well as new homes for the newborn. The effort is paramount to 18 hours of daily labor, involving 300 kg of freshly cooked rice every day. Other activities include Medical Aid, Neuteration, X-Rays, Operation, Post-Operative Care, Homes for Accident Victims, and Anti-Rabies and Anti-Distemper Vaccination.
In a Country like India, where rabies deaths amount to more than 20,000 every year contributing to one-third of the world’s total rabies related deaths, feeding street dogs is not always seen in a positive light.
Despite the high number of non-profit organizations and animal welfare societies that provide food and sterilizations in collaboration with specialized vet centres, only 15% of India’s stray dogs have been vaccinated.
The recent growth of stray dogs in India, specifically in the Southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, has inspired extreme measures from the Government (culling orders and mass killing) and has lead to rise of organizations whose goal is to eradicate stray dogs by killing them. Which in turn has consequently led to the creation of Worldwide Protest Movements to defend animal rights.
It has been Sulakshmi’s goal to vaccinate and provide anti rabies injections to every stray so these organizations have no reasons resort to mass killings of dogs.
Feeding strays are often taken in wrong sense by many residents due to reported incidents of dog attacks and uncontrollable births. Sulakshmi wants to create a sustainable model where these dogs can be taken care of and she can provide medical attention to strays.
She has started The FeedStrays Program, and she needs funds and more support to continue working for their welfare. Even after looking for support from the government bodies, no conculsion was drawn on how to progress with the work and make it an everlasting resolution. She recently approached a crowdfunding platform desiredwings.com to share her cause with people so that they can come ahead and understand the living of strays and help them.
7:00am – 10 am: Constant work in the Kitchen for the Food
6:30am - 9:30 am: Serving Food to the Strays around our locality [Batch 1]
11:00am – 6:00 pm: Serving Food to the Strays around South Delhi [Batch 2]
8:00pm – 3:00 am: Constant work in the Kitchen for the Food
As and when medical attention is required she try to have it delivered immediately. It is not just about feeding the stray dogs, with the effort she wants people to understand that feeding dogs is not bad or create problems. One needs to experience the life and care required by these mute beings who have no one to take care of them. It’s hard to summarize the overwhelming feeling when I came to know that with growing age and depleting wealth she is selling all her ancestral jewellery and property she has now reached down to a point where she needs help to sustain her vision.
It is not just about feeding the stray dogs, with the effort she wants people to understand that feeding dogs is not bad or create problems. One needs to experience the life and care required by these mute beings who have no one to take care of them. It’s hard to summarize the overwhelming feeling when I came to know that with growing age and depleting wealth she is selling all her ancestral jewelery and property she has now reached down to a point where she needs help to sustain her vision.
Recently, one of our known met her and saw the fear on her face on how will she be able to complete what she started and for me and for many animal lovers, it's disheartening to see such attachment to mute beings with such constructive thought. Please help her. She really needs it.
With such selfless love and dream of doing something without expecting anything in return there is a hope for someone who will receive not only love but everything they could for the mute unconditional love they express to all with nothing in return.
Show your support and give life to these living beings who cannot take care of themselves. Contribute. Please visit https://www.desiredwings.com/feedstrays and contribute for the cause.
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