Who we are & what we do
Who are we?
A mother (Hansa Roy, geologist) daughter (Kuhu Roy, nutritionist) team, looking after the well being of stray dogs for the past eighteen years through personal finances.
Where do we live?
The city of Baroda, in the state of Gujarat (Western India), India
Our model of care for stray dogs
Befriend stray dogs through daily active feeding – provide drinking water – sterilization – vaccination against rabies – first aid – medical needs and following up on every dog under our care for their lifetime (presently about two hundred and fifty stray dogs are under our care daily), stand in defense of their rights (ranging from fighting against impounding, revival of sterilization Programme in the city, to taking up cruelty cases), adopting the ones for whom streets become too cruel to survive – senior dogs, dogs with special needs, orphans, victims of abuse and cruelty.
In addition to the above;
- Provide support to parents (home and abroad) of companion animals grieving their loss via support group meetings (a first of its kind in India via the Bridging Rainbows initiative www.bridgingrainbows.com ) launched on 15th August 2021, in fond memory of our beloved dog daughter, Butter.
- Authored ‘Can a stray dog become man’s best friend? 5 steps to harmonious living with stray dogs’ https://www.amazon.com/stray-become-mans-best-friend/dp/B0BKRZV3K7 in October 2022 to spread awareness about the Animal Birth Control Programme in India
- Filed more than hundred police cases in blatant violation of animal rights
- On a mission since January 2022 to include compassion and kindness towards animals while driving in India via the ‘Give animals a BRAKE’ initiative. https://chng.it/mhSL2WC9hJ
- Provide water bowls for stray dogs, cows, goats and buffaloes
*All of the activities undertaken by us are personally financed and we have not taken any donations ever.
News clips that have featured us
- Coronavirus: ‘Who will feed the stray animals?’ Community carers worry about curbs on movement
- Mother-daughter duo helps people cope with depression due to loss of pets
- Early signs of a violent mindset
- Missing dog bone of contention between activist, company officials in Vadodara
- Stray dog sterilisation: Woman takes on residents
- On mercy to animals, let’s follow our texts
- Depressed after pet’s death? This Vadodara duo will lend healing touch
- Vadodara: Sarpanch faces heat for chopping off 9 neem trees
- The grief with no name
- Other news clips that are available only in the print form are inserted as images here –https://photos.app.goo.gl/t29dV8J7uy31zu9g6
Read more about them:
Mrs. Hansa Roy is a geo-scientist, tending to the stray dogs of the city of Baroda, Gujarat, India for the past eighteen years, through personal finances. Every day, travelling for about 50 kilometres, covering 70 odd different locations (each spot combed by her, befriending dogs through feeding to have 100% sterilisation and rabies-free zones), more than two hundred stray dogs (all sterilised and vaccinated against rabies) await her, to be fed one nutritious meal in a clean bowl, have their medical needs looked after and get the love and dignity they so deserve. Each of the dogs has a name they identify themselves with, and a compelling heroic story of their own.
Dr. Kuhu Roy is a nutritionist with a passion for research on non-alcoholic fatty liver. Senior stray dogs, who have been looked after by her on the roads, come home when the streets get cold and cruel for survival. She believes in turning them into joyous overgrown pups with frosted faces in their twilight period. She takes up the pressing matters related to animal welfare that are also intricately linked with human welfare, with the authorities and is a staunch believer in Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme, that helps improve the lives of stray dogs, their caregivers and the community.
Their home has been a permanent residence for rescued stray dogs (sterilised and vaccinated); Butter, Matalu, Chamgi, Guchguch, Georgina, Jalebi, Tweeky, Orange, Sundae, Ronaldo, Natasha, Chotu Don, Venus, Fruit Laali, Ghoplu, Chhutki, Tri, Ascites Rani, Sheru, Stephanie, Bhaalu, Delma, Distemper, Disco, Kaniya, Christopher, Rapunzel, Jammy, Zenobia, Dixa Babu, Kaalu Mama, Baldev, Mallika, White Collar, Alisha, Chinki, Jr. Pashant and Mohini. Especially Georgina, a rescued dog from Mumbai, had the most instrumental role to play as the disciplinarian, nurse cum therapy dog of the house. Wonder, a rescued Desi dog from the Udaipur railway station, who although belonged to a family friend, was an integral part of their lives and home.
In these eighteen years, Mrs. Hansa Roy and Dr. Kuhu Roy have filed more than hundred police cases and have provided guidance to others too. They attend Court hearings related to the animal cruelty cases filed by them. They have been able to touch more than three thousand canine lives on the streets who have been and are being cared for their entire lifetime.
Both crave for strict animal laws that should be reflective of progress in keeping with today’s world and digitisation of the Animal Birth Control Programme. They strive for a society and a system that learns to peacefully coexist with strays and nature, to live and let live.
They do not run an NGO, or a shelter/foster home/kennel.