New Delhi: When locked down Indians took to abandoning their companion animals on the streets, one home opened its heart and doors for the hungry, scared and depressed animals. Pawsitive Farm Sanctuary in Andheri, Mumbai took in abandoned pets who once believed that the home that had taken them in was their own.
With no inkling that they had been cast off to survive the harsh streets amidst stray packs, they were left alone to starve and face imminent death. Abandonment is not a new issue for Pawsitive Farm Sanctuary, the home of egalitarian earth warriors Anusha Srinivasan Iyer, Siddhant Gill, Vedant Gill, and Krishnaveni Srinivasan; it houses more than 114 rescue cats and dogs that have found solace, security and contentment in living with their ilk.
This little orphanage is where people anonymously or on request drop kittens, puppies, senior dogs, endangered turtles, fish and even the odd family of 22 white mice. “COVID has given way to the insensitive and the cruel. Some thrash their pets and throw them, others maim them, yet others poison them before abandoning them.
It is a very painful feeling,” adds Vedant. “You cannot just say that COVID is the reason for abandonment. It is just another excuse to give up on an animal that would never have given up on you. This, despite the fact that it is a criminal offence to abandon your pet,” says Krishnaveni Srinivasan. With Corona abandonment cases on the rise, they are opening another sanctuary in Madh Island to house more of such animals.