In the western part of the world, either there are pet dogs, or dogs that are kept in shelters and pounds. There is no real concept of a ‘stray’ dog and if such a dog is seen they are considered to be a huge menace to the lives of local inhabitants and society at large, especially if it is not adopted immediately.
However, it is found that in the eastern part of the world and certain parts of the western world (such as Mexico) only about 30- 60% of all dogs are actually pets, while the rest are ‘stray’ dogs.
Even if these dogs are not owned by anyone, they are definitely attached to certain households, societies or other nearby establishments and are fed and vaccinated regularly. The very initiative of the Indies project goes to show that these dogs may not have permanent homes, but it does not mean that they have no family or are not cared by anyone.
The objective of this article is to remove the stigma related to the word ‘stray’.
Dogs everywhere, whether they are pets or on the streets act as companions to human beings. They protect and alert us from untold dangers. In return for this loyalty, we feed them and nurture them, even if they don’t officially belong to any one individual, they are considered as community dogs.
The point is that the word ‘stray’ is holding back human- animal relations. Even if a lot of us do feed and care for our neighbourhood street dogs on a regular basis, there are many who do not and see undirected animals as a menace to society. The fact that they do not think that they are responsible for them, untold acts of cruelty can abound from this certain section of the society.
If we all try to remove the word ‘stray’ from our daily vocabulary and take responsibility for the animals around us, we can help prevent animal cruelty to a huge degree.
We would like to rechristen them as INDIES.
Straight from the heart of 16 year old, a keen teen blogger