An interview with Delhi-based animal activist and nurturer Ittika Duggal
For over seven years, Ms. Ittika Duggal has continuously cared for stray dogs, especially dogs, through her own sources of income, whether freelance or working long hours, online, to feed these animals. stray. She houses five stray dogs in her house with separate beds for each.
Q. Hi, Ittika. What is the reason that made you so passionate about stray animals?
It all started when we brought a little puppy to our house. At first, I was hesitant to give myself a pet in the family, but gradually I began to take care of the puppy. He got sick very often and we had to take care of his health and well-being. While taking care of the puppy and its response to treatment, my interest in my pet increased. The puppy has become part of our family.
But, one day, at the age of 7, my pet, my life, suddenly suffered from multiple organ failure and had to be shot. My inspiration was my beloved Bruno and I see it in each of the stray dogs.
Q. Tell us about yourself and your quest for animal welfare?
I am a member of the PFA and a regional representative of the Indian Animal Welfare Board, GoI. I also have a small NGO named, Let the tail wag and committed to the welfare of stray animals through sterilization, vaccination, adoption, animal distress relief, rehabilitation and of course feeding. My special effort was during the time of the pandemic, which could not deter me from committing to the adorable creatures.
Q. How do you think the community can be involved in animal welfare?
People are now more aware of animal rights and protection thanks to various media sources. People now do not hesitate to lend a hand to the cause of unrepresented creatures. Awareness should be generated by informing the general public that a stray dog becomes ferocious when not fed properly or weak and sick, especially stray dogs. Now governments are also taking birth control measures to control the stray population explosion. Stray dogs, especially dogs, have been humans’ oldest friend and therefore people need to be compassionate towards their needs.
Q. What obstacles have you encountered in your field of activity?
It has been over seven years since I have been associated with stray animals and have faced a lot of resistance and opposition while feeding the animals. Often people wouldn’t let me feed them as that would cause the pack to gather in one place. During the COVID19 pandemic period, the administrative machine raised its objections in spite of me carrying the curfew pass.
But, these little storms could not affect me in my efforts to care for mankind’s neglected friend from time immemorial. I will continue to pursue my passion throughout my life.
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