I Happened To Be At The Right Place At The Right Time

Sambhav Pati, India

Garvi Samariya on September 12, 2018 in Animal Welfare

Imagine being voiceless, hungry and shooed away with kicks or stones. Regrettably, this is the plight of the Indian street dog. They have become the animal that people think are feral, unwanted or a threat and hence are often hated to the extent of suffering cruelty every day.

But this story is not about just the suffering of two street dogs but also of Sambhav Pati a man who took a chance and changed their lives forever. From being two unwanted and abused street dogs to, the much-adored Spot and Yuki.

“When I saw them in the middle of the street tied up to the divider in 35-40 degrees heat. And I looked into their eyes I knew I couldn’t leave them there” says Sambhav.

What started as a normal day for Sambhav, who was on his way to meet his friend for lunch and got stuck in traffic transformed the lives of two beautiful dogs. Tied to the divider on the road were two dogs who, he knew were thirsty and so he got out of his car and gave them some water. Noticing the scorching heat and soaring temperatures he decided to take them home and give them food and a bath.

Later, he called lots of NGOs and shelters but all of them echoed one thing that he would not be able to visit them once he leaves them there, due to their policies. Knowing that he was not okay with that condition he decided to foster them and find them their forever homes himself. After 3 months of posting about them on social media he got a call from a man who wished to adopt them. But he declined, as by then he had gotten extremely attached to them and decided he was gong to keep both of them.

“I moved to bigger house as my aim was to give them a better life, a life they unfortunately never had before which was pretty evident by their looks and was confirmed by the vet as well. They both had a few health issues and one of them had to go through a surgery as well” says Sambhav.

Now their lives have changed completely; they are never caged or tied when he leaves and two rooms out of the four-bedroom flat is just for them to play. They are well trained and immensely loved. But not everyone was supportive of Sambhav when he decided to adopt them.

“Everyone questioned me how I would be able to take care of them especially when I go to work. But when you know what you want you do whatever it takes to make it happen, so I worked out a schedule with my brother who lives with me. I will not say it was a cake walk and there were no challenging times, but at the end of the day, when you get back home a hero to your dogs after a long day at work, it makes it all worth the trouble.”

From his experience he would like to encourage all those people who would potentially want to adopt. He says that one should not listen to all the people who say it is very difficult to take care of pets but one should think about the responsibility and the commitment that comes along a pet before adopting one. “A pet is not a possession, it is a family member. You should always treat them with respect as you may have lots of people in your world but for them you are their world. If you know you are not going to be able to stay home for long periods in a day get a companion for your pet, so that they have company and do not get lonely while waiting for you to come home.” advises Sambhav.

Furthermore, research which breeds are suitable for your particular housing situation and adopt and not shop. We need to be educated and sensitized about stray dogs and be told that they are not a menace to the society. Dogs have this amazing ability to forgive, let go of the past, and live each day joyously. It’s something the rest of us should strive for.

‘Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever and sometimes all it takes being at the right place at the right time.’

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