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Shelters for Animals

The festival of 'Holi' just ended. In one of the local newspapers I read an article about a group of youngsters urging people to allow stray dogs to live in house compounds and with the help of some locals, they were also building make-shift shelter homes. That was a really noble gesture because colors used in 'Holi' can harm animals.

That led me to think, that when one festival can make people build animal shelters, then why don't we actually do so permanently. Now I might be ignorant and there might be some already in place. But when I see a stray dog, it makes confirms my notion.

Recently, people have become quite active about animal rights, we have come a long way from making fun and jokes on 'Maenka Gandhi' for being so active in support of animals to actually starting pledges and NGO's to protect them. But still, there is dearth of good shelter homes for stray animals.

It is time we started thinking about building proper care homes where stray animals can stay peacefully and people looking for pets can easily adopt them. It will be helpful in various ways:
  • There was a news piece once that stated someone was attacked and I believe killed (I am sorry my memory fails me on facts) by stray dogs. Proper shelter homes would avoid such situations.
  •  It would avoid stray animals from being mistreated. I can understand that Police might not be so active in protecting the rights of the animals, but if there are shelter homes, then that kind of action would not be required.
  • Traffic is on an all time rise, when humans are not safe on roads, how can we expect animals to be. And taking stray animals from roads would avoid such incidences. 
And these are just few points from an ignorant by stander, I am sure people who are dedicated and involved in animal care would be able to list many more. Now the questions arises, when I can think about it, why don't I do it. I would have if only I would have that much knowledge about animal care. I never had a pet in my life and to build a shelter home for strays, you would need an infrastructure which is suitable for them. Because it is my belief, that shelter home would be different than a jail. But I hope this becomes food for thought for NGO's and activists who are active about animal care.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this and at some point hope to be of assistance too!


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