As I walk along my street, I see- people hurrying to get to office, in their suits and ties, vendors selling fruits and vegetables, chaat and chaai, mothers taking their children to school, children on the street running around in their torn and tattered clothes amidst the honking of taxis and buses. The city is bustling with so many people, vehicles and what not. And then I see them. Tails and tongues wagging, they greet me with smiling eyes. The street dogs walk towards the animal shelter down the road.
My friends and I would visit the animals at the shelter once in a month. We’d play with the dogs and cats and cuddle the puppies and kittens. Each one of them was so charming; we had to drag ourselves to get back home. We used to name our favourites: Paro(the perpetual cry-baby pup),Ducky (one of the older dogs who was physically challenged) and many more! The puppies would cry so much when people came to visit. Each one of them wanted to be adopted and would whine for attention! It was a heart-wrenching sight.
I remember this particular incident where Paro was crying so much, I couldn’t resist picking her up and placing her on my lap. As I held her in my arms, she fell asleep almost instantly. It was a simple little thing but it made my heart melt.
These animals have no where else to go. In the cruel world outside, they would have to face all kinds of abuse. They come to the shelter abandoned, beaten or sick. All they want is to be loved and treated with respect. Is that too much to ask for? I really do hope all these animals find happy homes to be in and don’t end up wandering alone, on the streets again.
Article By: Shruti Menon
Photo Courtesy: Sathya Srinivasan
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