Crippled canines get a chance to move around, courtesy ‘Raahgiri’
LUCKNOW : The Lucknow Development Authority’s citizen-oriented initiative ‘Raahgiri’ on Sunday morning not only spread awareness about animal rights among people but also gave a new lease of life to dogs who were struggling to take a step forward after being paralysed or crippled due to accidents.
At the event, which was held at Gomti Riverfront in collaboration with Dhyan Foundation, dog wheelchairs were given to pet owners or those willing to care for dogs suffering from paralysis, disease, old age and spinal injury.
Concerned over the situation of animals especially dogs, a number of dog lovers gathered in the event. It was observed that dogs hit by a vehicle often ended up being crippled. “Taking care of such dogs is an uphill task because they should be kept clean and dry and exercised regularly to prevent skin ulcers and other complications which lead to untold misery,” said Rupala Saha of Dhyan Foundation.
Animal lover Keerti Shrivastava said dog wheelchairs acted as an aid for paralytic dogs and enabled them to lead a better life.
“Sometimes, pet dogs are abandoned after such disability. Such programmes will encourage people to adopt or care for these animals,” said Rajat Kumar, a local resident.
The problem of stray animals, especially dogs, was also discussed. “We have to look for a solution. Adoption and sterilisation are some solutions and locals have to come forward to participate in this movement,” said Saha, adding, “Killing or beating the animals is not the way out.”
▪ Dog wheelchairs being given to those willing to care for paralytic dogs at the ‘Raahgiri’ event in Lucknow on Sunday.