Abandoned and starving - India’s street dogs are forgotten victims of the pandemic
5 days ago
Right now, in countries like India, stray dogs and other animals are in desperate need of food and kindness. You can be their lifesaver and ensure they are not left behind in times of crisis.
India in crisis
The economic and social impacts of COVID-19 in India are devastating. Millions of people have been left unemployed, living in poverty and malnourished due to food shortages. The second COVID-19 wave overwhelmed the healthcare system. Hospitals struggled to provide care for patients while medication and oxygen were in short supply.
In May 2021, India was also struck by two cyclones. Cyclone Tauktae tore through several cities and left a trail of destruction. Cyclone Yaas caused severe damage in West Bengal and nearby Odisha coastlines
Impact on animals
During these crises and lockdowns, there has been a three-fold increase in abandoned pets. Many pet-owners have sadly died or been unable to feed their pets, leaving thousands of dogs orphaned or abandoned. Many stray dogs simply have no one to care for them. At the same time, there’s been a dramatic drop in the food available so they have been left alone without food or access to clean water.
How you are helping
Thanks to your ongoing support, we are providing food for dogs with local partners and networks of volunteers. Throughout 2020 and 2021, thanks to the generosity of donors like you, World Animal Protection has been organizing and supporting dog-feeding drives - equipping dedicated partners on the ground to feed thousands of strays.
In May 2021, we launched an animal feed drive in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, where animals were severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis and Cyclone Yaas. Overall, we fed more than 9000 dogs! We also launched a feed drive in Kolkata, West Bengal, in June 2021 with the support of our wonderful volunteers where we fed over 2000 dogs.
You can save more lives
With the ongoing pandemic and various natural disasters, the need to support animals in crisis continues. Your gift today ensures a fast and effective response so that you are there when dogs and other animals need you the most. Donate now.