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Spread the winter warmth

This winter, do something special for stray animals in the city. Here’s how you can help them stay warm in the cold.

entertainment Updated: Dec 23, 2011 01:19 IST
Namya Sinha
Namya Sinha
Hindustan Times
Shah Rukh Khan,Priyanka Chopra,Geeta Seshamani

For animal lovers, actors Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra, there was no contest when it came to which story they’d like to see on the My City page. Their pick: How to make winter more comfortable for our furry friends on the street?

As the winter’s coldest days come around, spare a thought for the countless stray animals left shivering in the cold. You can do a lot in making the chilly conditions bearable for them.

“The most basic thing that the stray puppies need in this season is warmth. This is the season where one can see maximum number of newly born puppies. They can be provided temporary shelter in a back alley that is safe from cars. There, they can put lots of boris (gunny bags) for the mother and the puppies,” says Geeta Seshamani, co-founder and vice president, Friendicoes.

There are many places in the city where you will find stray dogs well-fed, wearing coats, and lying on mattresses. “There are about 10-15 dogs in Khan Market that are clothed, vaccinated and fed by two or three locals,” says Mohan Kadam of Windsor in Khan Market. “I give milk and bread to the dogs on the ITO bridge. I feed them while coming from office,” says Mehak Aggarwal, a resident of Preet Vihar.

Not only dogs, there are other stray animals that people also take care off. “I have been feeding a stray cow and her newly born calf. I feed her around eight chapattis with jaggery everyday, so that she can keep warm. She is also fed peanuts, pea shells and leafy vegetables by other people,” says Shubhra Singh, a resident of Mayur Vihar.

What you can donate
Boris (gunny bags): On an average, a shelter needs 100 of them in a week
Newspapers: A shelter needs around 100 kilos of newspaper
Daliya: It is fed to dogs every morning
Sheets of fibre glass to provide protection against the chilly weather
Donating money to a NGO is always useful. Pay through cheque or demand draft on the name of the organisation
Powder milk and cerelac for puppies
Old mattresses, blankets, curtains
Cleaning supplies can help keep the shelter clean and sterile

Where to donate
Friendicoes SECA
Where: 271 & 273, Defence Colony flyover market (on the side of Jungpura)
Tel: 011- 24320707 and
011- 24314787

Sai Animal Welfare Ashram
Where: 30 Satbari Farms,
Gaushala Road, Chattarpur Mandir Road, MG Road
Tel: 9810099711

Jeevashram Animal Shelter
Where: Rajokri, Rangpuri
Tel: 011 25064114

Sanjay Gandhi Animal Care Centre
Where: Near Shivaji College,
Raja Garden
Tel: 011- 25448062 and
011- 25447751

Sonadi Charitable Trust
Where: Near Sai Baba Mandir, opposite S. P. Kapoor Farm
House, Masksudabad,
Tel: 011- 26275216, 9212797696

SPCA Noida, Animal Shleter and Hospital
Where: Plot No. 8, Sector 94,
Noida (Near Mahamaya flyover)
Tel: 9999929204, 9818085256

Manav Gou Sadan - A shelter home for stray cows
Where: 975, Street Jogiyan Near Jawaher Chowk, Najafgarh
Tel: 9313327983

First Published: Dec 22, 2011 17:38 IST