For Friendship Day celebration with their furry friends in the city, residents of Mulund in Suburban Mumbai tied radium bands around their necks.
They called it ‘Friendship Day With Wagging Tails,’ which was an initiative kickstarted by dog lover Nisha Suhanda, a Mulund resident.
Over 250 dogs were fed to their heart’s content and these light-reflecting ‘friendship bands’ were tied around their necks.
The idea behind the initiative was to use bands that will make the stray canines more visible to motorists, to prevent them from getting hit by vehicles at night.
Speaking to the Hindustan Times, Suhanda said, “Around 45 to 50 dogs per day in Mumbai meet with accidents at night owing to poor light in certain areas. By tying these belts we aim to help the driver or the rider in identifying movement of an animal so that they do not hit the dog on the road. This led us to come up with such a first-ever initiative in Mumbai.”
Over 20 members from Om Foundation, a Mulund-based youth organisation, which backed the event, started the activity at 11.30am. Brij Bhanushali of Om Foundation said, “It was difficult for us to gather all the dogs and feed them, hence we decided to handle the dogs that were less aggressive so the bands were tied easily.”
We hope the next time a motorist rides down the road at night the radium bands shine in all their glory, protecting our furry friends!