The homemaker feeds 125 strays daily | News in Kolkata
“On the first day, I fed 10 dogs on the street. The next day, the number reached 26. Seeing how hungry they were, I knew I had to reach more of the hungry,” said Nivedita Dutta (40).
After that, he started feeding wild ones in five localities, including Shreenagar, and near Khudiram and Kabi Subhas Metro stations. “Now I feed 125 dogs every day,” he said, adding that although he didn’t plan to expand, he decided to devote more time to the cause.
The homemaker started preparing the food – rice and stewed chicken – from 6 p.m. It takes him four hours to complete cooking 15kg of rice. “The daily expenditure is Rs 1,025,” Dutta told TOI.
After 10 a.m., she begins to prepare food for her family, followed by household chores. In the evening, he and his team begin making separate food packages for the dogs to be taken to the spots. “We distribute food between 7pm and 8.30pm,” said Dutta who uses her daughter’s bicycle to travel.
Others joined Dutta to contribute to the initiative. Today, about six and seven people help him. “People like Surojit Roy and Arpita Majumdar help me with this task, allowing us to interact with many canines. Even 25-30 cats share leftover food in designated areas,” aniya.
“Many people who were not involved in our initiative offered to help buy food. I hope my resources will allow me to continue the initiative throughout the period of state restrictions,” Dutta said.