Thinking out of the box, a man, who is an animal lover has created makeshift kennels for stray dogs by using cases of old and unused TV sets in Assam’s Sivasagar town.
“The pets enjoy all comforts but the stray dogs suffer from lack of food and shelter. I thought I should do something for them in whatever little way possible. This led to creation of the shelters,” the kennels’ creator, Abhijit Dowarah, who wants to ensure that the dogs do not suffer in the cold, told The New Indian Express.
Abhijit, 32, developed a love for the creatures after his brother brought a puppy home some years back. Abhijit went out many nights to see how the strays live, creating Baator Ghor (street home for the dogs).
Several other like-minded people, including a vet, have now joined hands with Abhijit to help him in his venture. Among the locals, Abhijit is known as an “innovator” who turns scrap into utility items.
Earlier, the innovator had created a type of torch for the safety of women, and also a “gadget” for hand sanitisation during the pandemic.
“Over the past five years, I have created some 50 utility items from scrap. So, people don’t throw away old and unused stuff but give them to me. There were seven old TV sets lying at my two-room residence in Sivasagar’s Phukan Nagar. I thought if I can turn these into the stray dogs’ shelters, they can beat the winter chill,” Dowarah, who is a graduate, said.
Showering Abhijit with praises, Sivasagar Additional District Magistrate Al Azhar Ali, who was present when the shelters were put in place on December 4, said: “This is a wonderful initiative.”