Raipur youths become foster parents for stray animals

With temperature in Central India reaches at 40 degrees, stray animals find it hard to survive on the streets. There are quite a few city youngsters who are turning into foster parents to the stray animals… There are a few dedicated hostels in the city which provide foster facilities for the pets for a few days, and it costs around `400 to `500 per day. But there are some who are opening up their hearts and homes for the pets too. Ashish Dev, a banker, has opened his house for the neighbourhood stray animals. “It is a matter of one’s heart. We don’t have to do anything out of our ways just have to open our hearts. I have turned my house into a foster home for the neighbourhood strays. We give them water bowls for them and food. Also provide green shade for the animals…

Not just strays, pet parents are too sharing their homes with the stray animals. And it’s not any commercial gain, but the sheer love for animals that drives them. Debashish Ghosh, who has helped many pet parents in this summer, says, “It’s not an easy task taking the responsibility of anyone’s pet, who is treated like a child at home. Since we are all animal lovers, my parents lend me a helping hand, if there is an emergency. We already have a pet loulou at home, but he also accommodates and accepts his foster siblings, gladly. In fact, we all miss the pet child when he/she departs from our home.”

There are many animal righ0ts activists who have become a bridge between the pet parents and these animal-loving youngsters. “There are some collegiates who are passionate about keeping these foster babies at home because in many cases, they have lost a pet of their own. Then there are others who even fight with their parents and take care of other’s pets with paternal maternal dedication. And if anyone tries to offer them money for this love, they get offended because it is a bond of love and commerce just doesn’t enter into it.”

During summer holidays, colleges remain closed. That motivates many students to turn into pet parents. A first-year English student, Minaxi Sharma, shares, “I have always wanted a pet of my own, but my mother didn’t allow me to have one. Since this parenting job is for a few days, my mother doesn’t complain. But, I make sure that I check the complete routine of my pet baby and his/ her food and toilet habits and adhere to it. It also means that I clean whatever mess they create and any wreckage that follows. But I’m not complaining, because the selfless love that I get in return results in a lasting friendship.”