“I am not able to eat properly if my children have not been fed,” said Mala Saini Seth.
Her children are many and are spread across the city. Every day, this 50-year old city-based entrepreneur goes around Gurgaon feeding nearly 100 stray dogs. She goes out to feed her canine children come rain, sunshine or cold.
Owner of a furniture factory, the dog lover said she had been attached to animals since the age of 3-4 when her parents lived in Assam and had several pets. She said she started feeding stray dogs in Gurgaon after her marriage.
Not a day has passed in the past 20 years when she did not serve food to the dogs, Seth said.
The entrepreneur said she has dedicated her three-storey house in B block of South City 1 for keeping sick and injured dogs. She has also dedicated her Toyota Corolla for transporting animals to the hospital or other shelters. Seth currently has nine injured dogs at her house.
When asked about the money she spends on the pets, Seth smiled and said she never cared about the expenses.
“It is around Rs 1.5 lakh per month. Sometimes, when I have to take a dog for surgery, it costs me around Rs 20,000 extra.”
Seth said the dogs are primarily fed milk, rice and bread. Dogs in areas such as Sector 17, South City 1, Uni World City and around Star Mall in Sector 30 have been treated to Seth’s generosity. These dogs are not strays to Seth — all know her well and respond to name she has given them.
Seth said she is building a 2.75-acre farmhouse in Bhondsi for the dogs. The farmhouse will have 24 rooms and will be able to accommodate 150 dogs.
The farmhouse has been named ‘Karma Animal Foundation’ after her favourite dog Karma who died last year due to pancreas failure.
When asked if she wanted help for her initiative, Seth said it would be great if anyone comes forward for help.
“But I will not stop helping these lovely lives as long as I can,” she said.