COVID-19 has affected all of us. It has also impacted stray animals, especially those present in the markets and near corporate setups. The strays have no means of feeding themselves since the offices, restaurants, roadside eateries, where they had easy accessibility to food, are closed. They are starving and their food sources are diminishing.
SOS (Save Our Strays) is a Mumbai-based animal welfare charity that has successfully been in operations for the past 15 years. The NGO through partners and like-minded animal lovers funds the feeding of dogs and cats at 15 locations across Mumbai. Every day over 1000 dogs and cats are fed. They have been doing this for years without missing a day and ensuring that these strays are well fed and taken care off especially in difficult times like this.
THE HEROES BEHIND THE FEEDING PROGRAM
These are stories of 2 of the people who help. There are 15 locations with people like this at each location.
ABOUT ME AND THIS CAMPAIGN
My name is JEHANGEER DHANANI. I am 16 years old and in Grade 11 at the Oberoi international school Jvlr.
I am running a crowdfunding campaign to help raise funds to provide food to stray dogs & cats. These animals have very few means of getting food on their own, especially those present in the markets and near corporate setups. The strays have no means of feeding themselves since the offices, restaurants, roadside eateries, where they had easy accessibility to food, are closed. They are starving and their food sources are diminishing.
Through this campaign, I want to help provide one meal a day to these strays and help them survive COVID-19.
LOCATIONS WHERE STRAYS ARE FED
ABOUT SAVE OUR STRAYS
Save Our Strays is an Animal welfare-based NGO based out of Khar (W) in Mumbai. They have been in operations since 2003. They have continuously, consistently served the stray and ownerless animals of the city by conducting the following programs.
- Animal Birth Control (Sterilisation program for stray dogs and cats).
- Vaccination for cats and dogs.
- Medical Treatment and Ambulance Services.
- Adoptions and Awareness.
- Food Pool.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM-FOOD POOL
SOS started this program in July 2009 primarily to help dogs and cats who needed extra care and nutrition to recover from some life-threatening conditions that they were in. Isolated dogs suffer from deadly diseases, but with proper care and nutrition, they stand a good chance of survival. This program was brilliantly put together by our trustee, Amit Gajaria, at a local ABC Centre.
Initially, every volunteer was allotted one day of the week and that's how we started feeding about 20 animals on a daily basis. Then, there was no looking back, the word spread and donations started pouring in, from 20, we went to 30 and kept increasing. These animals are suffering from various ailments like maggot wounds, fractures, jaundice, skin infections, etc. This would never have been possible without the co-operation of the hospital authorities. The results were soon to follow, more and more dogs started recovering and going back to where they came from. The medication by the doctors there, followed by the nutritious food given by us helped the dogs recover faster.
Highlights of the Food Pool program:
- Providing packaged food to volunteers who feed animals in their area but cannot afford to do so.
- Focusing on areas with a large concentration of strays.
- Cats are fed twice a day while dogs are fed once.
Funding for this campaign is eligible for tax breaks as the NGO is a registered trust and you can avail of benefits under section 80G of the IT act. Foreign funding is accepted too.
Will we get to know the details of who benefitted?
Yes. After the money has been collected it will be transferred by Fueladream to SAVE OUR STRAYS. We will update you with details on how the funds have been used. Once we get this information we shall upload a report on the UPDATES section of this campaign. You will then get an alert & can read about it.
When do I get the receipts?
The receipts will start getting processed about 4 to 6 weeks AFTER the campaign is closed and will be sent to you directly.
How does crowdfunding work?
Crowdfunding in India is a relatively new concept & is growing very quickly.
It’s a concept that allows a large number of funders (like you) to fund an idea or a cause or event by giving small amounts of money online. Fueladream.com is a crowdfunding platform in India that allows for such pooling of funds. You can fund innovations & ideas on FuelADream and be the first to get these products or make them come true. You can also do a good turn by funding charities and causes through crowdfunding. When you fund a charity it’s more like a donation & you get small innovative rewards like a shout-out on an FB page or a thank you email from the beneficiaries.