150 volunteers to ensure that no stray go hungry in Bangalore

When Bengaluru learned of the enormity of the coronavirus pandemic and started going into shutdown mode weeks ago, the most important thing on most people's agenda was to stock up on the essentials. But the not so lucky in this turn of events were the thousands of animals on the streets that depended on the leftovers that remained in the markets and restaurants, among others, that suddenly ran out of food sources. Since the shutdown, many netizens have been wondering out loud what would become of stray animals. And it seems that urban Bangalore has found a solution.n “We recently had a meeting with government officials and ministers, where we explained how we could help these animals. The modus operandi was to have 150 volunteers in Bengaluru, each of whom would be responsible for feeding the animals in a particular area at a designated time, explains actress Samyukta Hornad, who is leading the initiative together with wildlife activist Sanjeev Pednekar. .

Sanjeev says: “With meat markets, stalls, bakeries, and restaurants closed, most of these dogs no longer have their regular food source. This is where these feeders will come into place. The plan is to identify people who can help with the supply of meat, rice and other food items that will then be picked up from drop-off points by designated volunteers at stipulated times daily.

Stray people help prevent other epidemics: expertsn If we look at history, every time the city wore a deserted appearance, it has had to deal with epidemics, such as the plague. Dogs help keep the rat population under control. So if left unattended, the rats will trigger an epidemic. Feeding stray dogs, especially dogs, is an important exercise in ensuring that Bengaluru is not prey to another epidemic and that the balance of urban wildlife remains intact - Sanjeev Pednekar, wildlife expert