Cool news for canine friends: SWAN, GHMC to set up water bowls for strays across Hyderabad

On 9 April, a group of NGO volunteers and children, painted 200 water bowls. The initiative is not only going to benefit stray dogs but also other stray animals like birds and squirrels.

By Nimisha S Pradeep  Published on  10 April 2022 9:30 AM GMT
Cool news for canine friends: SWAN, GHMC to set up water bowls for strays across Hyderabad

Hyderabad: Bringing respite to the heat and thirst of stray dogs during the hot summer season, NGO Sakuntala Society for Welfare of Animals and Nature (SWAN) has joined hands with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and is planning to set up water bowls for stray dogs across Hyderabad.

On 9 April, SWAN took up the responsibility to prepare water bowls for stray dogs across the north zone areas of GHMC. A group of NGO volunteers and children, who attended Saturday's programme, painted 200 water bowls. The initiative is not only going to benefit stray dogs but also other stray animals like birds and squirrels. The NGO is planning to install these painted bowls in and around Himayatnagar and Secunderabad from Monday.

According to Harsh Bhatnagar, the founder-president of SWAN, every citizen must protect stray animals like dogs, cats, cattle, and birds from this soaring summer heat. "In summers, dogs are badly in need of drinking water. If they do not get water, they become restless and aggressive. It could even result in dog bites and fights between dogs," said Harsh.

He said that SWAN had approached the GHMC zonal commissioner, north zone, and had requested a combined initiative to install water bowls at different locations in the area. The commissioner accepted the proposal and was very keen to help the stray animals.

Harsh further requested all local residents of a particular area to provide drinking water to the stray animals.

Swamy Swayam Bhagwandas, a member of the Telangana State Animal Welfare Board and vice-chairman of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), appreciated the initiative and extended his support. Dr. Sadguna, the assistant director of the GHMC veterinary wing, extended logistic support and asked the NGO to identify appropriate locations to install water bowls.

Besides Secunderabad and Himayatnagar, SWAN has also chosen Amberpet, Malkajgiri, and Begumpet to install water bowls. Once the programme is successfully started in these areas, the organisation is planning to review it and extend it to other areas in the city.

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