The onset of winter can be difficult for animals, especially the ones living on the streets. In an attempt to protect street dogs from the bitter cold, a man from Assam has come up with a unique initiative.
Abhijit Dowarah has used old television boxes to build makeshift shelters for street dogs to keep them snug during winter and also to protect them from roadside hazards.
The 32-year-old Sivasagar resident has set up the tiny refuges around his neighbourhood. Dowarah remodelled the old television boxes and painted them yellow and green.
He named them “Baator Ghor” or “wayside shelters”. One can find a number of puppies and fully-grown dogs inhabiting these shelters.
On being asked about his inspiration, Dowarah said a desire to keep street dogs safe rose in his mind when he was gifted a puppy on his birthday five years ago. It then struck him how many dogs lose their lives because of road accidents owing to reckless drivers.
It was then that the idea of Baator Ghor came to his mind.
Neighbourhood houses handed over their old appliances to Dowarah to convert them into the shelters.
The man has a history of coming up with creative solutions to everyday problems. He has been keen on making the best out of waste since he was only six years of age.
Earlier, he had made a women safety device to curb increasing incidents of sexual assault across the country. Apart from that, he had also come up with a solution to operate appliances from the ease of one’s mobile phones.
Baator Ghor was inaugurated by Sivasagar deputy commissioner Al Azhar Ali in the first week of December. He said: “Time and again, we have been told that if we love nature, God will love us back. This is also an eye-opening experience for all of us, and we should extend our hand to promote such initiatives.”
Dowarah aims to inspire young creators across the country and hopes his inventions are able to create a safer space for helpless animals along dangerous roads not only in India but also the world.