How to help out stray animals this monsoon

It’s that time of the year when you’re always stuck in traffic, you’re trying your best to evade the muck and potholes, you’re soaked by the time you get to work and your favourite white pants are moved to the back of your closet. And while we’ll always find a way to survive the monsoon (bhaijiyas with chai help) , it’s the animals on the street that suffer the most. Maybe this monsoon, you can give them a helping hand.

1. Always check under your vehicle before you start moving:

Source: Img Src: Flickr

Img Src: Flickr

Stray animals often hide under cars or other vehicles to stay sheltered from the rain so before you leave for work in the morning or when you’re ready to go back home and crash, take a peek under your car to make sure there isn’t a little friend trying to keep themselves dry.

2. Leave out some food and water in a dry place:

Img Src: Flickr

Img Src: Flickr

Stray animals, unfortunately, do not have access to food delivery apps so finding something to eat is terribly difficult when its pouring outside. So the next time you step out, maybe leave a bowl of water and some dog or cat food in a nice dry place so the stray animals in your area don’t have to worry about their next meal

3. If they’re hurt, help anyway you can:

Img src: PICRYL

Img src: PICRYL

Let’s face it, doing good things is hard and you always think someone else will come along. But that’s exactly what the last person said. You are “someone else” so if you see a stray animal stuck in the rain and injured, help in any way you can. Take them to a vet or at least remove them from the dangerous environment they are in. They can’t say it, but it means a lot that you can help.

4. Give them shelter in your building:

Img Src: The times of Israel

Img Src: The times of Israel

If some stray animals find their way into your building or compound looking for shelter, let them stay and maybe put some food out for them. They don’t have anywhere else to go and staying out of the rain for a couple of nights might just save their lives.

This list is purposely short because helping doesn’t always mean big actions. It can just be a blanket in the garage of your building for a puppy to stay dry in. it can be a bowl of food and water left out for a starving kitten. And it can be a slight detour from your route to get to a vet. Small actions are still meaningful. So this monsoon, play a small part in doing something big.

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