“My love for the dogs began at an early age. I had this habit of feeding the strays right from my schooling days. But what happened on 23 September 2018 pushed me towards Animal welfare. Amidst the festive pomp and show around, I was strolling around on the streets of Barkatpura along with my sister and two friends, when out of nowhere, a four-wheeler passing by, had hit a street dog ruthlessly and the driver didn’t choose to wait and see what had happened to the dog who was supposedly pregnant. We rushed towards her as the shrill of her cry was even heard amidst the chaos. We tried to pacify her while my friend tried to reach out to NGO’S that work 24*7, but none answered and the available one refused to help. We found an auto driver who was ready to help while the rest crowd ignored the fact that a life was struggling to survive carrying her own babies. We somehow found a vet Doctor Deokar who had a mobile clinic. Her limps were fractured and it was already too late to save babies. While we tried to save her life – we failed. I just came back home with a heavy heart with a sight of the fading humanity around the ones that are capable of speaking. It really is heartbreaking to realize that just like her, there are thousands that are run over, hit or mistreated on the road with no help while they are left to die a miserable death.
However, we never had our own pet at home until I met Raju sir who’s the founder of Pet luck Animal Rehabilitation Centre. He’s into animal welfare initiatives and it’s only through him that I had an opportunity to adopt an indie pup three years ago. We named him Dexter. He was our best buddy at home and my family loved him the most. Unfortunately, we lost him in December last year due to homesickness as we had to shift him to the shelter home where he was born for a few days because of the emergency at home as my mother was diagnosed with level 4 Cancer. Soon after, even my mother passed away, on the day when the nationwide lockdown was announced last year and it was one of the toughest phases of my journey so far.
To come out of that situation, I have decided to do my bit for the welfare of these stray animals during the lockdown and started volunteering at the Pet luck Animal Rehabilitation Center with Raju sir.
Today, along with volunteering at Pet luck, I handle the social media handles of the Center and help him with fundraisers and rescues. Pet luck is now my second home. We have 60+ animals at the shelter home. Raju never says no to rescue but when it comes to the survival of shelter, it gets difficult with every rescue. I along with a few other like-minded people have served stray dogs and cats with food throughout the two phases of lockdown and we are continuing our services even today. With the support of these people and many other Animals lovers, we are able to run the shelter and help as much as we can.
Stray animals around our vicinity have the equal right to live as much as we do and they mean no harm to anyone if treated with care. I request society to not harm animals if we cannot Care. live and let them live. So, our only goal is to educate the public and rescue as many stray animals as we can and find them a good home!”