Popularly known as the ‘Dog lady of Delhi’, 62-year-old Pratima Devi is a rag picker who takes care of 400 stray dogs. Living in a house made of tin and torn rugs, Pratima lives with 120 dogs and spends her days feeding and nursing them.
Living in south Delhi’s Saket neighbourhood for over three decades now, Pratima spends all her earnings in looking after over her 400 canine friends. “I look after over 400 dogs – about 200 around my home. Others are scattered in the courtyard of the PVR complex up to J-block. My dogs never bite. They have been sterilised and vaccinated by the MCD,” Pratima told India Today.
Mother of three children who have grown up and live in their native village, Pratima wants to continue living in the burgeoning city and look after her dogs. In an interview with barcroft.tv, she said, “I feel happy to live with them. When I was with my husband, I wasn’t happy. I used to work all day and run the house. My husband didn’t work. My son calls me all the time and tells me that he will take me to the village with him. But I don’t listen to him, I want to do good for the dogs.”