Hyderabad: The much awaited monsoon is here. Umbrellas are out and so are raincoats and jackets. While most of us enjoy the drizzles from the cozy comfort of our homes, several street animals struggle without any shelter during the downpour.
In a quest to help the street animals, many activists and housing societies in the city have build temporary shelters to help them survive through monsoon.
“Those of us who have pets, take extra care to make sure our animals remain healthy during the rainy season. So, why not do the same for the furry friends who live on the streets,” asks Teja Panneeru, a city-based animal rescuer, who has been working tirelessly with animals who are tortured, abandoned, injured or handicapped.
Although many people want to help out the animals, street dogs are not allowed inside in several apartment complex or gated communities.
Sharing his experience, Lakshman Molleti, who is on a mission to create a standard research and development centre for animals, says, “I live in a gated community and they do not entertain the street animals inside the complex. I initially tried talking to the residents, but it wasn’t much help. So we put up a shelter for the animals right outside the apartment. I go out regularly to feed them. It’s quiet nice.”
The activist share that making a temporary shelter for animal isn’t difficult. All one requires is a big cardboard box and some plastic sheets to cover it with.
“It’s not very expensive to build them a home. Also if the local community can come together, it won’t be so difficult for us to feed them regularly too. I recently came across a small kennel for stray dogs that was built and maintained by people of an apartment in Kondapur. There is another one in Dilsukhnagar as well,” Teja adds.
Shelter is not the only way you can help the animals this monsoon for the street animals often become victims of road accidents.
“Continuous rain can cause low visibility, which causes a lot of accidents as well,” says Lakshman adding, “You can take the animals too an animal nursing centre if you come across any injured animal in the roads.”
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