It is a good deed in and of itself to feed stray animals. You can see the gratitude in their eyes as you fill their bellies with those kind spirits. The majority of stray animals rely on the nearby humans for food, and while many individuals give their time to care for strays on a personal or organizational basis, there are a few things you should be aware of that will help you act responsibly.
- The animals need your trust because you don't know anything about their past and could accidentally enrage them. Additionally, they could not be vaccinated; in that case, you can arrange for it to happen. In any case, avoid getting too close to them physically to avoid alarming them.
- Choose a spot and feed them at the same place, every day. As they start to establish a schedule, this not only helps the animals know where they will obtain food each day, but it also instils in them a feeling of discipline. If you have pets at home, be sure to choose a location a bit farther from the house to prevent any disturbances between the animals.
- Stay as consistent as possible. It is best to avoid starting altogether if you don't intend to be consistent. The animals, especially younger puppies and kittens, grow dependent on you and lose their ability to find food when you suddenly stop giving them food.
- Make sure they have access to clean water. You can leave a bowl of water either outside your house or on the streets or bring a bowl and a bottle of water with you and give the animal some after feeding. To prevent moss or mosquitoes due to stagnant water, be sure to clean and maintain the water bowl.
- Never throw food out of a moving car. If you don't get down and properly feed them, they'll start chasing other cars as well and put their lives in danger.
- Learn about their dietary needs.
- Some food items that are healthy and budget-friendly to feed the strays include affordable branded dog food, chapati dipped in milk, boiled eggs, unflavoured biscuits, fish & rice, milk & water (for puppies/kittens) and rice & chicken.
- Some food items you should completely avoid feeding strays include dairy products, caffeine, chocolate, sweetened treats, onions and garlic, alcohol, berries like grapes, cherries, raisins.
It's important to help our animal friends, but it's even more crucial to help them properly. Before we end, we'd like to stress the significance of fostering and adopting strays. These animals not only have a powerful immune system but also guard their family fiercely. It would be wonderful if you could provide refuge for animals of all kinds.