How selflessly and loyally our K-9 companions have been giving protection to us and our surroundings, since time immemorial. It’s their dedicated protective nature that endorses them as the Sentry Sentinels for wildlife protection too; Madhya Pradesh has maximum number of dog squads trained by Traffic India for forest departments—five at present, asking for three more. Likewise, other states like Assam, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Odisha, Jharkhand and Karnataka depute dog squads to protect rare species from poachers in forests and sanctuaries.
It’s give back time and it’s heartening to learn that many keep lending helping hands to troubled furry friends in far and near quarters. In the recent tragic floods in Chennai, over 80 homeless puppies were rescued and adopted by the city residents in a week. The benevolent act came not only from the Chennaites but also people from other places who called to adopt the homeless puppies. In another incident, a stray named Golu at Nalasopara in Mumbai underwent skin graft surgery, after his face was disfigured due to crackers.
After dog lovers in Malad (W) in Mumbai alerted the NGO Animals Matter To Me (AMTM) about a stray named Bahubali with a 3.36 kg tumour, in a rare case, three vets at Dr Dave’s Clinic successfully carried out the surgery. Yet another caring move in Kolkata, Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation in association with Worldwide Veterinary Service (UK) and Animals Come First, an NGO based in the city, recently introduced mobile dog care truck fully equipped with operation theatre to carry out sterilisation and vaccination drive for strays in Salt Lake area.
While I write all this down, I can see Sparkle looking at me, with a satisfied expression, wagging his tail in affirmation.
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