Actresses Jaya Bhattacharya and Rupali Ganguli are set to help animals in pain through their ambulance in Mumbai.
"We started working on the ambulance some time back. Now we are ready to run it and help animals in pain. I wish more people join us and come up with such ambulances in every city in India so that even animals can lead a healthy life," Jaya, known for shows like Thapki Pyaar Ki and Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, said in a statement.
"The ambulance will run from Bandra to Bhayander from 10.30 am. to 6.30 pm. People can call or message at 9920499404 to reach us. Social activists like Bakul Khatau, Ashwin Verma, Karan Kohli, Geeta R.A., Madhugandha Kulkarni and Nidi Omkar Rane have helped us in achieving this goal," she added.
Rupali, popular for acting in shows such as Parvarrish - Kuchh Khattee Kuchh Meethi and Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, said,
The ambulance will look after injured animals who don't have shelters or home. It was really required and I feel blessed to be a part of this activity.
The city is also a host to other communities like Save Our Strays. Founded in 2003 by Shirley Menon, Save Our Strays takes care of stray animals from Bandra to Goregaon. Shirley, who has always been an animal lover, has lived with dogs her entire life. Appalled and moved by the conditions of the animals in the area she lives, Shirley decided to take charge of the situation.
In another instance, two years back, a little girl had chosen to celebrate her 12th birthday with 1,200 stray dogs, and the whole city was asked to join in the fun! The girl and her family contacted Animals Matter To Me (AMTM), a Mumbai-based animal-welfare NGO, when the girl told her parents that she did not want to throw a party for her friends, and instead, wanted to do something for animals.
(With inputs from IANS)