My inspiration for writing this goes to my visit to Sanjay Gandhi Animal Care Centre today...and meeting the homeless, abandoned, helpless animals there. Such is their plight that they can’t walk properly, some of them can’t even see properly and some, who are not suffering from any major illness, suffer from plain hunger! In words of Martin Buber: “An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” ...It is up to us to respond to them..
Sanjay Gandhi Animal Care Centre, located in West Delhi, is a charitable organization, which provides medical assistance and shelter to these animals and takes very good care of them. However, how is the organization to survive if we as a society don’t lend a helping hand toward its functioning?
The worst fact about many of the poor souls at the shelter (especially the dogs and cats) is that they have actually been abandoned due to various reasons by the heartless people that they loved and regarded as their family! How can these people forget that these silent fur kids also have a heart and that leaving them alone would further push them into depression, leading to a worse state of health! True, many families cannot adopt pets due to their own varying circumstances. However, the least we all can do is to spread awareness and stand up for animal rights to change their present condition and to work towards making their lives worthwhile in whatever manner possible, no matter how small it may be. For instance, the Sanjay Gandhi shelter provides facility for feeding the cows and cattle feed is available at the shelter itself for donation purposes. Feeding the cows once every month is not a very difficult task for anyone - it might only mean sacrificing one dish at a dinner at a good restaurant per month! It is as easy to help and provide for the dogs and cats and people can simply contribute packets of milk and loaves of bread as per their budget.
While I was at the hospital today, waiting for the cows to finish their food, I couldn’t help clicking a picture of them, and then thought of sharing the pictures here with you all..Just have a look at this...:)
It was at this time that a very small puppy also came towards me and as I began to pet him, he started wagging his tail. Such was the joy I felt that I couldn’t stop playing with him despite my mom’s constant nagging! I know it was very silly of me but I even started imagining the wagging tails of cows as a sign of their happiness...I could see Chip had wings and was flying over the rainbow bridge over the hospital building! With a calm expression in his eyes and a smiling face, Mr.Chip tells me to remember him happily...Everytime I visit the shelter, I am transported to another world altogether - a world that I share with the most selfless living beings on earth, a world which is so happy and pure, a world which is so mighty and complete in itself, a world waiting out there for all of you to explore and experience too!