Published: 15th April 2020
Strays feel the bite amid the Coronavirus pandemic: Here's how you can save them from starvation
gPet animals, strays and birds are the worst affected by the COVID-19 pandemic that has created havoc worldwide. With the lockdown in place, here's how you can help these creatures
Coronavirus has not just affected humans but it is also playing havoc with the lives of animals. Fears that the household pets can also transmit the virus, panic-stricken owners have begun dumping various types of animals into the streets. Strays are the worst affected amid the lockdown, with food joints facing complete closure, these animals are bearing the brunt of starvation. However, there's a lot we can do to help them, a mere bowl of water on the sidewalk could save a dozen animals and birds. To make it a tad bit easier, here is a list of a few good samaritans in the Southern part of the country who are doing their bit to feed the animals in this time of distress. Here's how you can help too!
The Kumar family in Gurgaon has been feeding stray animals in their locality ever since the COVID-19 lockdown was declared. The family that has been running Pawzz, a social enterprise which rescues and rehabilitates stray animals, has been working towards the cause since 2015. They feed the animals using donations from people across the country.
If you would like to contribute, please contact: 9971793456
Sanjeev Pednekar, Bengaluru
An animal rescuer who runs a pet sanctuary named Prani, Sanjeev urges people to hang birdbaths and bird feeders. He also asks people to feed the strays in the locality, which can actually be done even without coming out of houses.
Contact: +91 97420 84335
Preejo TJ, Chennai
He is feeding at least 80 dogs around this neighbourhood daily, providing them with milk/bread/buns/biscuits. He also remembers to keep a water bowl and some food for the stray dogs and birds outside his house on a regular basis. He urges people to do the same or at least take care of one dog in their locality until the lockdown ends. "While on the way to get supplies or returning, please buy some biscuit packets (parle-g or tiger biscuits should do) basic ones and feed them," he adds.
If you want to help, please contact him on +91 97908 04029
Sai Vignesh, Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu
Apart from running a sanctuary for rescued animals, Sai is also trying his best to feed as many stray dogs and cattle as possible during the lockdown. Due to the closure of food joints, these animals on the road are suffering from starvation, he says. Water is the most essential thing during the summer season and he urges people to put out a bucket or a bowl filled with water for birds and animals to drink.
if you want to help him with food supplies and donations, please contact: +91 90800 66731, +91 89393 20846
Tauseef Ahmed, Mangaluru, Karnataka
Apart from rescuing snakes, birds, cattle, dogs, cats and what not on a daily basis, Tauseef, an animal rescuer, has also started an animal food supply initiative called We Feed. He started off with feeding around 20 dogs in his locality twice a day, but soon the number increased and more people joined in to provide food to animals. He began buying food and distributing it to community feeders. 230kgs of dogs food, cat food and cattle feed has been distributed absolutely free of cost to people all over Mangaluru already. He urges people to give any food available to them - rice, biscuits, bread, chapati. Any food is good food now, he says.
If you are unable to manage resources please get in touch with Tauseef and he will drop in food enough for a few days.
Reach out: +91 81236 09321