As the city is slowly coming to a halt, it would do us all well to remember that we aren’t the only citizens here — our four-legged friends are too. Birds may be able to brave the storm till they find higher shelter but several strays are left shivering in corners, or worse, floating aimlessly through the murky brown water. Other disasters in the past, including the most recent Amphan, have already claimed several animal lives. Let us try to avoid adding to that growing list. A helping hand to all our fellow citizens at a time like this is a necessity.
HOW TO HELP ANIMALS DURING A CYCLONE
If you’re looking to save and protect as many animals in your locality or the ones stranded in the street here’s what you can do:
Gurudwaras in Mumbai are also open for those seeking shelter — irrespective of any caste or community. Animals and birds are also welcome there and will be provided shelter. Besides the closest gurudwara, there are quite a few organizations lending a hand. PAWS previously helped out in the 2005 Mumbai Floods, by sending supplies as well as helping with the groundwork. If you’re unsure of how to help, even providing a safe shelter, food and water will help. If the aid required goes beyond that, here are a few helplines that could guide you, in case of an animal emergency:
If the above lines are busy or unreachable, here’s a link to a more detailed list.
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