Dear Editor,Stray animals that primarily depend on garbage waste and leftover food from restaurants for their meals go hungry everyday as the coronavirus crisis continues with city coming to a standstill. As the pandemic progresses, even people who used to feed strays on a daily-basis have stopped coming out of their houses.Many are being harassed while feeding strays as rumours are circulating that dogs can spread the virus. People have started treating these voiceless animals with cruelty.Contrary to popular belief, the World Health Organisation (WHO) clarifed that there is no evidence that animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with new coronavirus.But while feeding these poor animals one must keep in mind some tips to stay protected. First and foremost, you’ll need a pair of gloves. Even if you won’t be touching the animals, when you’re stepping outside your house, you are likely to come into contact with other surfaces that may carry the virus.Secondly, make sure you carry a mask with you. While it is unlikely that you will contract the virus from an animal’s breath, you may get it from pedestrians, that is why it’s important to wear a mask. When feeding strays, dry food such as biscuits are very affordable options. Though it is usually advised not to give dogs sugary treats, light sugary may be a good source of energy for animals. Other options may include boiled vegetables, which will give them the nutrition they require. Stray dogs will eat anything when hungry, but this leaves them at a higher risk of poor hygiene. A staple food for humans is also a great source of nutrition for dogs. A mix of soft-boiled rice mixed with small portions of boiled potatoes and a little bit of vegetable oil or ghee in water is the simplest and most filling meal you can offer stray dogs. For easier digestion, mince cooked rotis well before serving.It is very important that one should come forward in these crucial times to help these innocent lives get food and survive.Sugandha Sharma,Greater Kailash.
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