They Came, Adopted and Stayed for the Strays #WATWB
British couple Steve and Mary Muscroft, who came on a two-week holiday to Kovalam on March 17, 2008, recently completed their tenth year in India, all because of two street dogs.
They could not leave as they could not get anyone to adopt Chitty and Legs. “These two dogs had character. We could not walk away from them. The decision to stay was forced upon us, with no one to look after the dogs,” says Steve.
It was only in 2013 that they founded the NGO ‘Street Dog Watch,’ but even before it was formally started, they had begun rescuing, vaccinating and sterilizing dogs. Steve bought a motorcycle only to feed dogs. Today, their home at Mukkola has 100 dogs, and according to Steve, all but one speak English. “One dog can understand only Malayalam instructions. That one was 10 years’ old at the time of rescue,” he says.
The couple nurse ill dogs, carrying continuous checks to see the improvement, and have no shortage of food and water.
To help with all the costs, this British couple regularly holds fundraisers and have also been helped out by family, friends, as well as tourists who’ve donated to the Street Dog Watch. They are also in the process of working with the local government to try and have an official license granted for the work they do.“I want Street Dog Watch to become self-sufficient and get the local authority to help with the bill. It’s so the money people give us can go on treats for the dogs, rather than on basic care,” Steve says.
Steve and Mary’s NGO is looking to raise money through crowdfunding, to bolster their animal birth control and anti-rabies efforts. They wish to have a puppy house and a dog retirement home under one roof.
They may not have stayed in Kerala if it were not for the dogs. “The dogs took our life in a different direction,” says Mary.
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