A former stock market professional from Tumkur, and afterward a pharmacist, Sunny was an animal lover and had always been deeply concerned about animal welfare.

animal lovers providing water for strays

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So, he started volunteering at a GGF-run gaushala in Tumkur, which provides shelter to 100s of sick, injured animals including cattle, horses, dogs, and cats. Inspired by their passion, Sunny gathered a few others volunteers from GGF (Gau Gyan Foundation), and together, they started trying to find ways to improve the condition of strays. During hot summers, all outside water sources used to dry up, causing birds and animals to constantly die of thirst. Taking matters into his own hands, Sunny started keeping pots of water at places frequented by dogs, cats, horses, cows, birds and other strays.

It was a pity to see animals dying of thirst. Temperatures are soaring and animals scout for water sources which due to the intense heat have mostly dried up. The day I kept the first pot, I saw scores of animals drinking from it and it was a heartening sight.

Pleased with their success, Sunny, along with his fellow volunteers started approaching friends, relatives, and even local shopkeepers, encouraging them to keep water pots for birds and animals outside their houses and shops and regularly refill them. Soon the word spread, and they raised enough funds to buy 100 more pots, which they distributed for free among people wishing to join their initiative. Pots were even made of different sizes for small and large animals, but unfortunately, each and every one of the 24 pots that they had kept in Hubli, were stolen in just one day. However, this did not deter them, and they approached local potters to have cement pots, which can’t be stolen, specifically designed and made for them.

animal lovers providing water for strays
Picture Source animal lovers providing water for strays

Till date, GGF has placed around 400 such pots in Hubli, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Tumkur, with their initiative gradually spreading to Chennai, Hospet, and several other parts of the country. The volunteers who take this up approach local shopkeepers and residents and distribute the pots among them for free, encouraging them to fill them with water and keep them outside. Volunteers regularly visit them to make sure that the water is being refilled by the ones who have accepted the responsibility. Sunny and his group also keep a track of different parts of the city to check where more of their work is needed. With the overwhelming response that they’ve received, they hope that animal lovers all across the country will also join them on this amazing initiative.

 animal lovers providing water for strays
Picture Source animal lovers providing water for strays

They have shared the following numbers for anyone who wishes to also be a part of this initiative or willing to help in any way.

Bengaluru – 9611445488 / 9964939316

Hubli – 9844789921

Hospet – 9902900083

Tumkur – 9844203467

In this age where one constantly keeps hearing about animal cruelty, and more horrifying news of serial killers of puppies, Sunny and his GGF buddies are a refreshingly admirable bunch of people taking an important first step towards raising awareness, and ensuring animal welfare!