Guest Autor: Disha Patel
Taking care of your own pet feels nice, because they love you unconditionally, they protect you but most of all they are yours and are full of fun. But have you ever thought who takes care of stray dogs? Most stray or street dogs don’t grow older than 4-5 years because they are not nurtured properly; so they don’t have enough strength, they fall sick often and do not receive proper treatment. They get into dog fights for food and most dogs pass away in road accidents.
But there is one man in Ahmedabad who takes care of around 150 street dogs on a daily basis: Amrish Oza, a retired man in his late 60’s. An easy going guy, he leaves his house in the morning at around 04:30 am and starts his route with his food van. He has been feeding stray dogs since past 10 years. Initially he had 2 buckets and a couple of dogs to feed in Bodakdev area of Ahmedabad. But now he feeds more than 50 litres of milk and bread that he buys from his own money and feeds approximately 150 dogs in specific areas of Bodakdev, Mansi circle, Satellite and Jodhpur crossroads. When asked that these stray dogs keep on barking at night, he calmly replied that these dogs are only protecting their area. And to my surprise the few residents of that area agreed with him saying that these dogs keep us safe at night, and they only attack us when we are harassing them. Looking at Amrish’s work since years, Pundits of Vishveshwar Mahadev in Bodakdev asked him to help them out; they pass along used milk which is offered to the Shivalinga so that Amrish can feed them to dogs and cows.
He is not alone in the dog feeders’ line, Richa Dhokai an engineering student has been following her mother’s footsteps for the past 5 years. Richa manages studies and her event management job; yet finds time for more than 25 dogs.
You will find Amrish and Richa serving dogs in the morning at 7 am in Bodakdev area, every single day. For these guys this has become their way of life, ‘Taking care of those who can’t take care of themselves. No force, no requirement, no judgements, just sheer dedication.
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