Finding enough food to survive is a constant challenge for community dogs like the rail-thin mothers and their hungry pups below. With shops, roadside stalls, and restaurants closed and humans in lockdown, sources of the food scraps that they depend on have dried up, leaving many animals in danger of starving.
Dogs who were born on railway train platforms and live at the stations depend on commuters to look out for them, but trains aren’t running now. So there’s no one to get a handout from.
Animal Rahat has ramped up its search for hungry street dogs and other desperate animals, including bulls who wander the streets and were used to eating from stalls or being fed by Hindu devotees who believe it’s a religious act to give them fodder. Scouts who search communities for sick, injured, or abandoned animals are now carrying extra food for all the animals with empty stomachs.
Are dogs or other animals in your neighborhood going hungry because regulations have cut off their food supply? You can help them by putting out food and fresh water or by donating bags or cans of food to your local animal shelter or food pantry.