A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
In fact, for many of us, our pets are like family, a best friend, one with whom we share our joy, happiness, victories and even miseries.
However, on the other side, Most of the population looks at stray dogs as a menace and a threat.
The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated, said the Father of our nation Shree Mohan das karamchand Gandhi.
India is a country with an estimated population of 30-40 million stray dogs and
Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs are killed because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes.
In addition to this, the cruelty against stray animals is unimaginable.
A 31-year old man allegedly killed the stray dog after he allegedly touched the seat cover of the motorcycle of the accused in Goregaon (west) in Mumbai.
Innumerable cases like this, are being reported from various part of the country and throwing light on lost humanity among humans.
Myths about stray
Strays are seen as carriers of rabies
Even though not all dogs have rabies, all dog bites definitely need to be treated – unless the dog had been vaccinated against rabies in the previous year.
Stories about stray dogs biting & mulling
Viral stories on social media on how a dog or a pack of dogs were seen brutally mauling a child are a big reason for developing a hatred for them.
But, such stories need proper investigation.
There are common beliefs that stray are dirty, dishevelled and can’t be trusted.
How to help them?
- There should be proper sterilization and vaccination of stray dogs and they should not be de-localised. This will not make dogs hostile and give them a peaceful environment to survive.
- Garbage has to be dumped properly and safely in bins rather than in open. This will prevent stray dogs to come near them and attack others.
- Contact an animal shelter or a community dog centre, if you find a dog in help and till the concerned authorities take the charge Arrange for some food, and Find a temporary shelter for them.
- Instead of buying dogs, people should be encouraged to adopt stray dogs as they need them the most.
So numerous such, solutions are possible to save these creatures of god the only need is to understand that these stray dogs want a bit of our love, care and compassion.