The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has created a global health crisis that has had a deep impact on the way we perceive our world and our everyday lives. The pandemic has been keeping people indoors and public places empty. Restaurants, bars, party halls, and other small eateries are all closed, with minimum functioning for food delivery. With the scale of the outbreak increasing by the day, many NGOs are coming forward to help people in distress.
Many stray animals are roaming in the cities in search of food, fodder, and water. NGOs that work to better the lives of animals are now actively doing their bit. With covered faces and sanitized hands, these organizations are feeding the strays with crowdfunded initiatives and donations, and with the help of selfless volunteers. Here are four individuals and organizations that are working tirelessly to help our furry friends in distress:
1. People for Animals (PFA) – People for Animals is a renowned animal welfare NGO with a network of about 26 hospitals, 165 units, and 2.5 lakh members spread across the country. They rescue and rehabilitate sick and needy animals, alongside maintaining shelters, ambulance services, sterilization programs, treatment camps, and conducting disaster rescue missions for animals.
2. PAWSITIVE HEARTS – This is a crowdfunded initiative to provide food to the starving strays, started by PFA. Through this, they raise funds for food and fodder which is given to the feeders who need it. PFA aims to be the platform for these resources in these tough times.
3. Speak for Animals, Bhubaneshwar – Speak for Animals is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that rescues animals in distress, provides home-to-home veterinary services and medical supplements, and most importantly, takes action against animal cruelty. In times of the lockdown, the organization is calling for volunteers across the country to do their part and help stray animals and abandoned pets. While catering to animals, they ensure that they maintain the norms for the prevention of COVID-19.
4. Tauseef Ahmed, Mangaluru – This 31-year-old has been rescuing animals for about eight years now. Based in Mangaluru, Tauseef Ahmed has tagged over 400 dogs with reflective collars, while also treating injured animals. The avid animal lover has been the hero to birds, snakes, cattle, dogs, cats, and so many other animal species, over the past few years, and is working tirelessly for the voiceless, despite the lockdown. Tauseef started a food supply initiative called ‘We Feed’, and has distributed 230 kg of dog food, cat food, and cattle feed free of cost to people around Mangaluru.
It’s truly said ‘Not all heroes wear capes’. Here’s to all the heroes who are working selflessly and reaching out to all our furry friends in need. Let’s raise a toast to them.