“Since I was a child, I have spent most of my time with animals, especially dogs. I do not remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated with dogs. Even in my childhood days, if I saw an injured dog, I would take it to the vet.
I am Malini Maha from Chennai, India, and I have dedicated my whole life to the stray dogs. I belong to a middle-class family, and I professionally work as a fitness trainer. For the last 8 years, I have been proactively working in the rescue and adoption operations for dogs. Earlier in university days, I started with small rescue operations as I couldn’t afford to pay for high treatment bills. Gradually I started raising funds on social media. To my surprise, a lot of generous people came forward to help. To date, I have rescued approximately 100 dogs. I have 2 dogs with me, one of them is Bujji whom I rescued in 2018.
Since lockdown began, I have rescued two dogs. One was the case of animal abuse. And the other had Canine Distemper - a viral disease that affects the nervous system. Both are currently being treated.
During this phase, I have not earned much income to contribute to feeding dogs every day. But, thanks to the Feeding Fund Raiser, so many generous souls have donated rice bags, eggs, pedigree, etc. for the dogs. I am extremely happy to see such a response from people in times like these.
I would also like to humbly request people to help stray animals in your area. If each house in your neighborhood has a bowl of water and some biscuits/bread outside, then 7-8 strays of your area would at least have one meal a day. We all can collectively contribute to this cause. God has been kind to us to give us a voice to express our feelings, and it is our duty to take care of other humans and animals that we share this world with.
Previously, there were times when I was jobless and did not have enough money to pay for rescue operations. I remember I was feeling extremely depressed, and suddenly I got a notification that my account has been credited with a donation of ₹6,000. That moment felt like a miracle. I felt like God gave me a sign to continue walking this path. Recently, Chennai Pet Fashion Show recognized my contribution and offered me prize money of ₹25,000. I have no words to express how I felt that day. This amount helped me pay for dogs’ treatment. My financial situation has improved a lot in the past few years, and I believe this is a blessing of all those dogs that have rescued. My father has started to believe in my vision. It is a wonderful feeling to know that my father is proud of my actions.
Once the lockdown is lifted, I will continue to feed and rescue stray animals. It is very challenging to find shelters for rescued dogs. There is no place for them, and it is very dangerous to leave them back on streets post-treatment. Hence, I aspire to open a shelter home for the physically challenged and aged dogs. Lastly, I want to share this message that “let us not forget that this world does not belong to only us. It is equally theirs.”
You Humanity pays respect and gratitude to Malini Maha for going above and beyond to contribute towards Humanity.
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