One day, when Anuradha Mishra was travelling from Ghaziabad to Noida, she spotted a frail dog, helplessly stuck in a bog. With every passing second, the poor creature was sinking deeper and deeper in the mud. Anuradha knew if she doesn’t rescue him, he doesn’t stand a chance at surviving. Immediately, she stepped out of the car and ran into the bog, risking her own life. Standing dangerously in knee-deep mud, she finally managed to rescue the dog after a long struggle. She took him to her shelter – Hope 4 Speechless Souls – where he was named ‘Daldal’ (bog) and turned out to be the happiest, most playful dog among 80 other canines. For the past five years, Anuradha has been rescuing stray dogs – paralysed, injured, handicapped, comatose or senile – who are selected for ‘Put To Sleep’ (PTS), the watered down term for mercy killing.
Anuradha, who fondly refers to the dogs as her ‘babies’, is truly a mother for these ‘speechless souls’, who otherwise would have perished in street corners or garbage dumps. “I have been rescuing and taking 24 x 7 care of my babies for the last few years. Many of them cannot even move on their own. Starting from their medical care, feeding them to cleaning their droppings, I do everything myself. My babies are everything for me,” shares Anuradha with Efforts For Good.
How ‘Hope 4 Speechless Souls’ started
Since sixteen, Anuradha has been rescuing stray dogs from the streets, taking them to doctors for treatment and creating a better life for them. “I used to see many dogs who are inborn blind or differently-abled or have been paralysed in accidents. The dog shelters thought it better to kill them off within seconds with an injection, in an attempt to relieve them from their pain and struggles. It really pained me,” shares Anuradha.