Sulakshmi Dasgupta is a mother who has devoted her life towards the welfare of stray dogs in Delhi NCR region. It is astonishing and inspiring, as we rarely come across stories like these where a human being acts so selflessly and takes care of over 500 dogs on a daily basis.
Sulakshmi Dasgupta – The savior of stray dogs
What do we call a real life woman who selflessly dedicate her living to save and nurture animals on the road?
People like her are a source of inspiration for the young generation. Some people even call her “one woman army” as she single-handedly saved lives of countless animals on the road.
Sulakshmi Dasgupta is a 60 year old woman who is standing strong with her husband Pinaki Das Gupta for last 15 years and one cannot ignore her for a very small reason that she isn’t just a lady but a savior of over 500 dogs on the road who are living a blessed life. Sulakshmi Dasgupta like any regular dog lover had pets in her house and she embraced them with all her love. But her love did not limit to few of her own dogs, she made special effort to feed and take care of dogs that society called “stray.”
Her daily routine includes cooking of over 250 Kilos of rice, boiled vegetables and meat. She never takes a day off! With an early morning start with meal preparation, she along with her two- three volunteers drive all across the major localities of Delhi and personally feeds over 500 strays.
Wholesome care given to stray dogs
The strays gets served on disposable eco-friendly plates and bowls, cleanly discarded post meals. Sulakshmi Dasgupta has given names to every single one of her stray dogs and is completely in tune with what’s happening in their lives. She tries to find the newborn homes and begs, borrows and pleads with the vets all around the city to do X-rays, operations and post operative care for more than 50 dog accident cases every month.
In last fifteen years, Sulakshmi has seen many ups and downs and many changes in society. Feeding strays are often taken in wrong sense by many residents due to reported incidents of dog attacks and uncontrollable births. With the recent growth of stray dogs in India, has inspired extreme measures from the Government (culling orders and mass killing) and has lead to rise of organizations whose goal is to eradicate stray dogs by killing them. Which in turn has consequently led to the creation of Worldwide Protest Movements to defend animal rights. It has been Sulakshmi’s goal to vaccinate and provide anti rabies injections to every stray so these organizations have no reasons resort to mass killings of dogs.
For Sulakshmi dasgupta, feeding stray dogs and taking care of them has become a mission. She has even started a Feed Strays Program, registered under the name of The Swargsaathi Charitable Trust.
She never gives up
All this and everything did not come easy to her, with added responsibilities and vision to sustain her efforts of last 15 years, it’s hard to summarize the overwhelming feeling to know that with growing age and depleting wealth she has reached a point where she had to sell all her ancestral jewellery and has now reached down to a point blank yet she doesn’t plan to settle.
She wants to build a sustainable model to structure a shelter home with all the veterinary help required for the dogs. She launched her program on a newly launched crowdfunding platform desiredwings to share her story among the people and raise funds so that her hardwork of last 15 years can be sustained for longer run.
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