Welcome to the companion site of the Facebook group, Kolkata Street Dogs.
You’ll find a lot of useful information on many of the most frequent questions and topics discussed in the Facebook group, including emergency response, first aid, vets, vet pharmacies, the law, and much more besides.
Look around the site so you know what’s where when you need it.
Please let us know if anything is incorrect or missing.
We’re not an NGO, and we don’t ask for or accept donations. We’re just a community of people who like street dogs and do what we can to improve the quality of their lives.
The objective of this site and of the KSD Facebook group is an improvement in the lives of streets dogs and cats in Kolkata. To achieve that, we will raise understanding and awareness, increase a sense of community value in street dogs and promote responses to their needs.
The hope is that it will encourage a new generation of Calcuttans to think about and care for street dogs and cats, from whose number someone or something special may emerge…
There’s something unique about street dogs that has the capacity to attract and repel in equal measure. For some people, it’s the dirt, the fear of disease and of getting bitten that is terminally distasteful. But for others, attraction and bonding come more easily, because they recognise the same characteristics in a street dogs as in any pet dog: loyalty, love and a generally cheerful, welcoming disposition. Perhaps it’s a sense of injustice over their living conditions, over the way they are perceived and treated, over the high risk of disease, malnutrition and traffic injury or death that explains why some people can and do go to great lengths to care for street dogs? Perhaps it’s a recognition of the vulnerability of the innocent to the dangers of a world they do not understand that taps into the innate human desire to protect? Whatever it is, the members of our Facebook group and others clearly reflect a remarkable extent and depth of interest in the well-being of street dogs in Kolkata.
Please join us in a Kolkata-wide effort to make things a bit better for our great city’s marvellous, mischievous street dogs.
Tell your friends about this site. Get them talking and thinking about street dogs.
Join our Facebook group.
Make a personal commitment to look after one street dog near you – regularly check that they’re all right, and give them some food or a biscuit now and then.
But why do this, asks the cynical voice. Why bother? You’ll never change anything.
We’ve all seen in recent years that when enough people commit themselves to a cause, they can and do create change. A civilised city does what it can to look after all its inhabitants, including the canine population. And a healthy, happy street dog population not only reflects well on the neighbourhood, it has significant implications for the appearance and overall welfare and hygiene of the city’s roads and public spaces.
- How KSD started (Warning: contains a distressing image)