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Gopi calls 30 community dogs his extended family and looks out for them. VIPASHA SINHA reports

For over a decade now, Gopi, has been feeding stray dogs in Pudupet.Photo: R. Ragu
For over a decade now, Gopi, has been feeding stray dogs in Pudupet.Photo: R. Ragu

For the past 14 years, the rattle of G. Gopi’s blue Bajaj Chetak has served as an invitation to a feast for those whom he calls his extended family. Every night at 10, Gopi, a mechanic by profession, stuffs his scooter with three boxes of chicken rice to feed almost 30 stray dogs of Syful Mulk Road, Pudupet Market, Harris Road, South Koovam Road and the surrounding areas. It all started when he casually fed mongrels in his locality and slowly the others came too. The next day he saw the same dogs waiting outside his house for more food. “I thought why just feed the ones that live close by. I took my scooter and went around the area and fed a mongrel whenever I saw one. These dogs had invited more friends next night. Since then it has become a routine,” says Gopi, a resident of Syful Mulk Street, where he also has his repair shop.

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