Ujjain: At a time, when trust deficit and cynicism is on the rise in the society, hardly anyone pays attention and takes care of mute animals. But samaritans like Sankalp Sathe are poles apart from the usual lot who feel sorry or compassion for the animals. He walks the talk; as the avid animal lover is credited with rescuing the lives of scores of animals. Free Press caught up with him in an exclusive chat to eplore more about his work.
(Excerpts from the Interview)
Tell us a bit in detail about your rescue work?
Well, we are a bunch of 20 who are working for the betterment of animals. We rescue and rehabilitate the animals which meet with mishaps and or receive ill-treatment or if they are suffering from any disease. Feeding them regularly is another feature of rescue work. So doing service for their cause is motto of our life.
How did you form the group? Was there any inspiration or incident?
It is a very interesting story. For that I would like thank various social media platforms. One fine day, I was scrolling through posts on my social media account and there I stumbled upon one post in which someone referred to a badly-injured dog and asked for urgent medical help. I couldn’t bear the gory sight as it was screaming in excruciating pain. I was deeply moved and swung into action immediately. I phoned one of my acquaintances and together, we carried out first-aid and after-treatment. Later due to sustained efforts of weeks, the dog got back on its feet and became hale and hearty again. The joy of giving life was so overwhelming that it stimulated us to brainstorm with others. We deliberated and discussed for days as to how to extend this benign work and cater to more animals and their needs. Our success soon bore fruits as our team members swelled from mere 2 to 20 in no time. We have variety of individuals in our team from working professionals and students to government officers and businessmen. Besides this, my mother is very supportive of my work. She always encourages me to do such work.
How do you ensure rescue work, given that most of your team members are working professionals?
Basically, it is a blessing in disguise for us. If any one of us is busy then we communicate amongst us and the one who is unoccupied, accomplishes the job. Our group members work with devotion, selflessness and self-drive for animals.
We learnt that your organisation is nameless? Why so?
Well, to be honest, we are neither a NGO nor an organisation. We are a team working for voiceless creatures. What’s in the name anyway, if we are really interested for the safety and protection of animals. After all, we are not after fame. In my view, it is the identity or name which leads to strife and gives rise to conflicts. As long as our motives are pure and clean then we don’t need any name or identity. For us, what stands out is that our work should speak for itself.
How do you manage finances of your group?
We don’t solicit or accept donations, we are a self-financing group. Our members contribute Rs 200 a month to a large corpus. From this amount we treat and feed animals. Not only this, we have a patronage and guidance of renowned veterinary doctor Mukesh Jain and other medical stores in the city. They offer us medicines on subsidised rates and on many occasions for free. We are very grateful to them as they are also part of this noble cause.
Many people mistreat and are mean with animals. Do you have any plans for taking up awareness campaign?
Yes! Incidents like beating them with sticks and throwing stones at them are common as people believe that they will harm them. Keeping that in mind, we are mulling over a campaign where we would sensitise and spread more awareness among people for their ethical and moral treatment. After all, animals are also our responsibility.
Any message you would like to give or share?
Well, animals are far more grateful and loyal creatures than humans. Feed one chapati each for three days to any animal and it will ensure for you a life-long companionship of trust and graciousness with it. Unfortunately, it is not the case with humans.