Winters are descending upon us, and as the temperature drops, life’s getting harder for the stray dogs and pups living on the streets. Keeping this in mind, five girls from Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR) — Malavika Nambiar, Shriya Singh, Himanshi Yadav, Ynaiita Warjri, and Apoorva Gangwar — have started Campus Care for Animal Welfare (CCAW). The student-run group aims at getting the stray dogs in and around the college vaccinated, neutered, and adopted.
“We have all been working with dogs formally and informally for last few years, so this was not new to us. We started out helping the strays on our campus by feeding them, getting the ones with distemper treated, and others sterilized. Soon we realised that we could do it for other stray dogs around campus as well and started working for stray dogs in Amar Colony and other neighbouring areas,” says Nambiar, a BA (Hons) Economics student.
Daily feeding charts have been prepared for the strays, and they are sterilised as and when possible.
The girls, all BA (Hons) Economics students, have prepared daily feeding charts for the strays, have gotten seven dogs sterilised, and over four dogs adopted. The need for the group, they say, is also because strays in and around campus create issues for students. “Students in our college started having problems as the number of strays started going up. Not everyone is dog friendly, and those who are scared face issues. Also, these are college buildings at the end of the day. How many stray dogs can live here?” adds Nambiar.
The girls, who often receive help from volunteers of Friendicoes (an animal welfare NGO), say that this is not the first time that they have attempted to start a student group to help the stray dogs. “We had started a group earlier as well but that could not work out as most seniors passed out of the college, and the group just kind of died after that. This time, we will ensure that this does not happen,” says Singh.