“As a central government employee, my life revolved around work and family for the prime of my years. However, post retirement, I figured that this would be the time to do something for society. Hence I opened a pug boarding place after facing a lot of difficulty in finding a proper boarding place for our pet pug.
Soon, the clan grew and I started to adopt pugs which were put under improper care or even, from people who left to another place and didn’t know where to leave the dog. Simultaneously, I started to feed the dogs in my street. What started with a handful instantly grew into a whole brood comprising close to 230 dogs.
Everyday I start cooking in the morning and I start to do my rounds from 2 PM and it goes on till 5 PM. There are dogs in every lane and I cover all the lanes in and around my area. And once again, I leave for my rounds at around 8 PM in the night and come back by 12 AM. Since I feed some of the dogs near the kotturpuram police station, the officials know me well and they send me an escort for me to reach home safely late in the night.
Apart from this, I have spayed and neutered close to 50-60 dogs. I have a vet who performs this surgery for free but the cost of these operations are solely borne by me and my son. Since there is no one else to help me, this has become my daily routine as the dogs have come to expect my arrival. Most of the dogs in Kotturpuram also have collars on them.
They say a dog changes a human’s life and my life stands as the truest testimony to that. Dogs, like us, are sentient beings and they seek is connection. And they too, like us, experience hunger so when a dog comes to you asking for your attention, we should help it in any way possible. Strays are often born by mistake and they end up depending on the kindness of humans to offer them food and shelter. I hope to continue this work of mine till the end and my honest wish for the world is to consider dogs as an equal part of the world and treat them with dignity and respect.”
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