They say a dog is the best friend of a man. But, here is a man, who is a best friend to many street dogs. They love him, play with him and live with him.
Such is his love for street dogs that he even established Home for Dogs, spread over four acres, near Achampet in Nagarkurnool district. This is a story of 76-year-old RK Roy, a resident of West Marredpally.
Eighteen years ago, Roy was moved by the plight of a few street dogs in his colony and offered them food. The affection showered by him laid foundation for a strong bonding and, soon, many street dogs started turning up at his house.
With neighbours raising objection, Roy offered shelter to the canines in his home. At one point of time, nearly 40 of them had made his home their residence. They were allowed to move freely in his house. But, even that was not permitted by the neighbours, citing inconvenience and other reasons. With the problem persisting, Roy was asked to either vacate his house or shift the dogs to another place.
Without any second thought, he opted to stay with the dogs and that’s how Mission Saromayo came into being. Under this organisation, Roy and his wife Supriya Roy, with the support of a few kind people, have been operating Home for Dogs near Achampet, for the last 10 years, using their hard-earned money.
His love for dogs, especially street dogs, began when he was just three years old. “I was bitten by a dog on my head. Luckily, we both – the dog and me – survived. Since then, I am mad about dogs,” recalls Roy.
The Home for Dogs is now equipped with shelters, kitchen, store, residential quarters with basic amenities, operation theatre, dispensary and treatment-cum-recovery ward, etc., in a one-acre fenced enclosure. In a fenced half-acre enclosure, there is lush green ground for the dogs’ daily exercise through play. And, there is a water pond as well for that cool splash during summer. Three acres of land is utilised for agro-horticulture, to support Home’s expenditure.
Besides regular power supply, there is a solar power unit to provide uninterrupted electricity, and two borewells and pumps to ensure ample water supply.
Just in case any dog falls sick or develops ill-health, there is a sterile modest operation theatre with an AC and all accessories for performing operation in a sterile condition. This apart, modern diagnostic, surgery and ICU, ultrasound scanner, Digital X Ray Machine, Digital ECG and other equipment are in place.
Every month, nearly Rs 30,000 is being spent towards salaries of two workers, food for the dogs, medicines and other expenses. There are 45 dogs and puppies at Home for Dogs. Three of them are blind, one has polio, two have acute skin infection, and six others have minor troubles.
Each inmate has a name and they respond to that diligently. All his efforts for all these years have got him a ‘certificate of recognition’ from Animal Welfare Board of India. The certificate was presented last month.
“I don’t want money from people. These dogs need love and affection, not money. A few good ones are arranging food for the dogs,” says Roy and adds if each family adopts a street dog, then, there will be no street dogs in a city.