A Garia Station Road resident has been feeding 125 street dogs since May 23, when cyclone Yaas had began taking shape.
“On the first day, I fed 10 street dogs. The next day, the count went up to 26. Seeing how hungry they were, I knew I had to reach out to more that were starving,” said Nivedita Dutta (40).
Thereafter, she started to feed strays in five localities, including Shreenagar, and near Khudiram and Kabi Subhas Metro stations. “Now I feed 125 dogs daily,” she said, adding that though she doesn’t plan to expand, she has decided to devote more time to the cause.
The homemaker starts preparing the food — rice and chicken stew — from 6am. It takes her four hours to complete cooking 15kg rice. “The daily expenditure is Rs 1,025,” Dutta told TOI.
After 10am, she starts to prepare food for her family, followed by household chores. In the evening, she and her group start to make separate packets of food for dogs to take to the spots. “We distribute the food between 7pm and 8.30pm,” said Dutta who uses her daughter’s bike to commute.
Others have joined Dutta to contribute to the initiative. Now, around six-seven people assist her. “People like Surojit Roy and Arpita Majumdar help me in this endeavour, which has allowed us to reach out to more canines. Even 25-30 cats share the food left at the designated spots,” she said.
“Several people not involved with our initiative have offered help to buy the food. I hope my resources permit me to continue the initiative throughout the period of restrictions in the state,” Dutta said.
Source: Times of India