Meet Shyma, who fosters animals abandoned on streets
Kozhikode: “Ponnu can’t see or hear. He needs someone always to be with him. If he tries to enter the kennel on his own, he will ram into it,” says Shyma. Ponnu is a blind Pomeranian dog she picked up from the streets. Her family includes many such abandoned animals.
Shyma, residing in a small house that can barely fit human beings at Kariyattuvayal on West Hill MLA Road, fosters 10 dogs, 17 cats and many birds. Some of the animals were adopted by people and some others were shifted to Animal Welfare Society in Wadakkanchery.
Shyma takes home the animals that are abandoned by its owners. Her husband Janardhanan and children Dinshith and Jinsha also wholeheartedly support Shyma in her foster care venture.
8 years back she obtained Sandy, a Dalmatian dog from near Vellayil. It had wound on one of its ear and infected with maggots. She took Sandy to Mannuthy and treated. Even now Sandy has medicines. If not given, Sandy’s condition could worsen, says Shyma.
All the animals have names. But the house and premises lack space for them to freely wander around.
The food expense for dogs, cats and birds on one day costs around Rs 450. Once a week the animals are taken to veterinary hospital for checkups which will cost around Rs 750.
Though Covid pandemic and lockdown affected the daily means of the family, they are never ready to starve the animals.
Shyma also works in association with Animal Rescue, Rehabilitation and Overall Wellness (ARROW).
Anyone who wish to extend their support to Shyma and her venture can contact at 884879269.