Stray thought inspires bizman to set up hospital for strays
MUMBAI: At Masjid Bandar, ask anyone for the new ‘kuttabilli’ hospital and they will guide you to air-condition business proprietor Jayesh Shah’s godown. Once an office dedicated to selling ACS, it is now an animal hospital and dispensary. “We treat all animals here. But our focus is on strays, especially dogs. We want to provide them a space to recuperate,” said 50-year-old Shah, the founder.
The facility that provides treatment for free was inaugurated on January 26. It is run under Shah’s non-profit, HELP Animals & Birds Association. “The only condition is that whoever brings the stray for treatment has to take it back once healed, because we don’t have the space to keep them,” he said.
The hospital houses 40 cages for birds and will soon add 24 for cats. It is equipped with an OPD section and an operating room. treating 17 dogs and cats and one goat. The patients are fed chicken and rice prepared at the dhabas around. Shah bears the monthly expenses, including those incurred for availing the services of three veterinarians, that goes up to Rs1.7 lakh.
Dr Prashant Mali, 27, a veterinarian at the hospital, said, “I prefer working here because ing in a big hospital. It helps me put my skills to good use.”
Shah got the idea of doing something for stray dogs because of Dawood, a twoyear-old stray he adopted a few years back.
“A dog had given birth outside the shop and we took care of her and her two puppies. We always thought they would go
So, he decided to keep the puppies outside the godown, hoping they would leave. One day, he realised one of the puppies went missing. A guilty Shah announced a reward of Rs3,000 to the one who found it. He got a lot of calls and that’s when he realised the problem. “There are a lot of people taking care of strays, but they don’t have the money to treat them in case of an accident or injury.”
Shah then thought of using his godown to provide a home for strays. He started working on his plan in August 2013, using information sourced from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals website.
Shah’s hospital has been functioning only by word of mouth. He gets negligible funds, but is frequented by several pet lovers, who help foster strays and put them up for adoption.
In future, he wants to introduce a proper ventilation system that provides Uv-purified air to each cage and create
Businessman Jayesh Shah has converted his office dedicated to selling ACS, into an animal hospital and dispensary.