Frequently Ignored Facts

Here are few facts that that one must know!

Q. How do the street animals quench their thirst?

A.When street animals are thirsty and unable to find a ready water source, these are forced to drink from the sewage, gutter or puddles of muddy water.

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Q. What’s the result of drinking contaminated water on animals?

A. Contaminated water is a major source of deadly waterborne diseases which when ingested by these animals causes them to suffer silently with multiple diseases and consequent early deaths. When such aggravation exceeds their level of tolerance, aggression is amplified in these animals making them bite on the slightest provocation.

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Q. Is withholding drinking water deemed as cruelty?

A. Just as physical abuse is deemed as cruelty, so also is not providing food and drinking water, as it causes longtime suffering and ultimately leads to a horrible death.

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Q. The case of the elephant Bijlee!

A. "Recently there was a report of an Elephant named Bijlee who collapsed and died due to multiple organ failure that came from dehydration. People fed Bijlee bananas, wada pavs, rice, chapatis, but not a drink of water. It seems to have never occurred to anyone that Bijlee needed water to drink, in fact plenty of water - 200 to 300 liters of water each day!

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Q. The specific role of Animal Hospitals, Clinics and NGOs in providing treatment to street animals?

A. Animal Hospitals are few and mainly privately run on charities however they always seem to be short on space, equipment, facilities, vehicles and funds. They still however manage treating a large number of animals with the spirited dedication of their Promoters & Trustees.

The privately run clinics exclusively provide treatment for household pets and their charges are rather steep even when compared to the equivalent human treatment. Treatment for stray dogs and cats is not feasible here.

These Hospitals, NGOs and others vaccinate Street animals for rabies and some are vaccinated with the popular 5-in-1 or 7-in-1 or 10-in-1 injections. Hospitals & NGOs also treat accident cases as well as pick up abandoned pets.

However we rarely see these animals being treated for diseases related to dehydration (esp. during summer months), drinking contaminated water or wading through the polluted floods during the monsoons. There is no preventive treatment undertaken for these animals to keep a check on their health from time to time. These vital issues related to the health of these animals can be mitigated by just providing them “drinking water”, which helps assuage infection as well as provides for the animal’s most basic necessity.