Enclosed Humans Design Dog Food ATMs

MEERUT: An initiative to quickly launch - which includes turning cardboard boxes into All Time Meals (ATM), where anyone can store food - and residents of cities like Delhi and Ghaziabad have quickly joined in.

Netizens now post their photos on social media while feeding stray dogs or placing food in boxes under the hashtag #EkRotiTeriBhi (a roti for you too) and nominating five others to convey the friendliness.

In Meerut alone, the number of ATMs of this type increased from 50 to the initial 15 in just four days, said Ayush Mittal, a 25-year-old resident who launched the initiative on Saturday. Mittal, who runs a city-based NGO, told TOI: “The response has been excellent. People from other cities have also joined us.

Ghaziabad-based Shiv Gupta stumbled upon the hashtag while browsing social media. He has now established four such ATMs in his city. It's encouraging to see people pass by and drop off food in the boxes, the 22-year-old student said.

Rishabh Agarwal, a Meerut resident, has opened half a dozen ATMs in various residential blocks. “Stray animals have been left to fend for themselves. Anyone who can must contribute, ”he said.

The Meerut district administration has also appreciated Mittal's efforts. Development Director (CDO) Isha Duhan said: “Combating the coronavirus is a collective responsibility. It is encouraging to see people approach and feed the lost when their own food reserves are running low. ”

This is the latest in a series of animal lover campaigns across India. Various WhatsApp groups in Delhi-NCR are coordinating efforts to feed the lost and have been issued passes for this purpose. In Odisha, the government has sanctioned Rs 54 lakh to feed the strays, while in Ambala, the animals are being housed in stables. Dr. Rajat Bhargava, wildlife expert and chief scientist at the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), said such initiatives could also be extended to birds.