I ACTUALLY CAN’T HANDLE HOW CUTE THIS IS
WOMAN SINGLE-HANDEDLY OPERATES DOG SHELTER IN INDIA - “13-year-old Geetha was belted by her father and as always, Blackie jumped between them. The blows rained down but Blackie bore them while Geetha wept. The next day he died from the wounds in her arms. “That’s when I realised, no man can love the way animals can,” she says.”
A woman in India named S.V. Geetha Rani has loved dogs since childhood and began taking care of injured and stray dogs in the area. Eventually, she rented out an abandoned school and now runs a dog shelter called Snekalaya for Animals with approximately 176 dogs under her care. Here’s more from The Hindu:
Snekalaya’s school building hosts another 144 healthy dogs. All 176 have names, individual sleeping blankets and food bowls. By day Geetha boils batches of 15-20 kg rice, sweeps the sheds, soaks blankets and washes plates. After 5 p.m., she works at a beauty parlour with her daughter. The day’s earnings are split between them and she buys provisions with that money. JM and Sons English Bakery often donates bread and restaurant Yummy Hut gifts meat. An hour-long journey later, she’s home by 11 to spread out blankets for her dogs and catch a few winks herself. “It’s not easy but by the grace of God, we’ve never gone hungry,” she says.
Snekalaya’s premises are filling up but Geetha says she still can’t reject an abandoned or ill dog. Someday, she hopes for land and sheds of her own so that she can take in more dogs. “I didn’t bring anything when I came to this world and I can’t take anything back. So, all I want to do is look after dogs till the day I die.”
Many dogs in India now have access to food and shelter thanks to the lifelong dedication of this one woman. Click here for the full story.