Residents of a posh locality in Nungambakkam spare a thought for the mongrels there. Vipasha Sinha reports
Lily, a white and brown mongrel in Nungambakkam, who suffers from verinal tumour, has a few residents of the area taking care of her. When Vicky, who lives on Haddows Road First Lane, noticed that Lily was not been being herself, he had a veterinary doctor, Priyadarshini Govind, look at her.
“As soon as she detected that Lily had a tumour, she took complete care of her treatment, free of cost,” says Vicky, who himself takes the dog to the clinic when the doctor is too busy to come down.
Vicky is not the only one. There are many residents at Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Wallace Garden and the Rutland Gate stretch who have adopted mongrels in the area. They not only feed them but also care for them as their own pets.
“We have three dogs below my apartment and I have been feeding them for the past four years. Lily is one of them. They are always there to greet me whenever I come back home. One of them is extremely shy. He doesn’t allow anyone to touch him but I know he likes me because he is always there, wagging his tail when he sees me,” says Vicky, who is a photographer.
Mongrels are very possessive about the people they like and they usually don’t allow any other mongrel to come within their territory.
For instance, Selvi who is often spotted at Khader Nawaz Khan Road has been there for fourteen years and is particular about having the first bite of the food offered by the residents. Designer Tina Vincent, who has a store there says, “I have seen Selvi from the first day I came here, years ago. There are four mongrels that come around regularly and I make sure they are fed. I have appointed someone to feed them eggs every morning and I personally feed them biscuits in the evening. Every Sunday, I cook biriyani at home and I make sure they get the bones. And if there is a celebration or a birthday party, these mongrels have their share of the cake,” says Tina, who also helps these stray dogs and cats find foster homes.
These residents have also fought for the rights and safety of the dogs.
“We have given most of them collars as they have been around for a very long time. It was to make them feel that they belong somewhere. Recently someone called the corporation to get rid of them and we had to intervene and write a letter to PETA. Finally we won, and all our favourites are still here,” recalls Tina.
Apart from the residents, the restaurant staff too have adopted dogs and kittens. There is also a pet-lover, who comes all the way from Kilpauk just to feed them.