Chennai is the worst-hit city among regions in Tamil Nadu that have received heavy rainfall over the past couple of weeks. With rivers overflowing above limits, water has relentlessly flowed onto streets drowning homes and rendering thousands homeless. But the spirit of the city remains daunted with people helping each other out with food and relief supplies.
While focus has remained on human population, amid all the chaos, it’s hard to imagine what pets and street animals must be going through. Habitual of a flexible environment, the pets are bound to stay indoors and the condition of street animals, especially cats and dogs, is beyond comprehension. There is no record of their existence unlike humans. For dogs (pets and streets pets), ‘Hotel for Dogs’, a dog-lodging service in Chennai, comes to rescue at this hour who are willing to board dogs from Chennai to their Bangaluru facility as their Chennai facility is dysfunctional.
The service, though not free of cost, has offered to help the pets of those who are forced to evacuate their houses amidst raging waters.
“We have been getting a lot distress calls from dog owners requesting us to board their dogs as they have been told to evacuate from their houses,” the group said on its Facebook page. They will bring back the dogs as soon as the situation is under control.
The post was widely shared on social media just like other assistance-posts and many in Bangalore also offered to take in dogs brought by ‘Hotel for Dogs’.
It has to be mentioned that social media has made it easier for people to connect during tough times like these. People are also posting about the status of their relatives on their Facebook and Twitter accounts and those who can reach out to them do their best to cull their whereabouts. It’s like the entire human community has come together at this time of crisis.