A call for Philanthropy towards Animal Rescuers
I am an Animal Rescuer
I take in helpless, unwanted, homeless creatures without planning or selection
I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand
I have bought dog food with my last penny
I have hugged those that are afraid
I have driven an hour with an injured animal to the vet in the middle of the night
I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body too many times to count
My work is never done
My home is never quiet
My wallet is always empty
But my heart is always full
Meet this brave, promising breed of Mauritians – the Animal Rescuers. Their compassionate heart renders them sensitive to the suffering of animals, mostly dogs and cats. Some of them are bread earners for their families, others are still students, yet they devote their time and effort to animals in distress.
Be it with abandoned puppies and kittens in the sugarcane fields, or injured animals on the streets, they volunteer to rescue them, put them in transport, take them to the vet for treatment, foster the animals until they are adopted by other kind hearted people across Mauritius. Over the recent years, social media has played an indispensable role in enabling common citizens to post photos, leading rescuers to the animals, for people to sponsor the fees, for finding fosters and adoptions, amongst others.
Not all stories have happy endings though. Too often, Animal Rescuers go through emotional setbacks when they take injured animals to the vet but have to take the decisions to euthanise them to end the suffering. “Someone posted on my Facebook timeline, about the cries of a puppy close to a bus stop in Ebene Cybercity. We were two ladies leaving our kids behind, driving to Cybercity at 21h to find the puppy. It was raining heavily and after thorough searches we heard whining voice coming from a nearby drain. I crawled up to the skinny puppy but had a difficult time to pull him out as he had a broken spine. He must have been suffering for days. Luckily a vet agreed to consult the puppy. We rushed to the vet, but the only compassionate thing we could do was to put the puppy to sleep, “ says Usha, an avid animal rescuer for the past three decades and a member of several Animal Rescue NGOs (https://www.facebook.com/usha.bawani).
Yet, such people relentlessly pursue their mission to help dogs and cats. Apart from transport and vet fees, they also incur food expenses and the cost is even more if they have to hire paid kennels. The problem of strays in Mauritius can be remedied only through responsible humane caring action of each individual. At the same time, we can lend our support to NGOs that endeavour to rescue, sterilise and foster the animals.