Rani Sharma, our trusted friend and supporter for years has helped locate many a lost dogs and their owners. She is a friend to more than 70 dogs in need around her home and work place, many birds come each day on her terrace to be fed by her along with a number of squirrels. All her life Sharma has spent loving and taking care of animals and she says “my life is based on the love and affection I receive from these animals”.
In a one on one talk session over a cup of tea she walked Ruchika Goyal through the instances when she has reunited many a lost dogs with their owners…
“As a child I always was very close to animals in one way or the other. As a child I lived surrounded by the animals since my father loved them too. My siblings and I, we went along with our dad to feed animals in the street and take care of the injured and sick animals. I have always loved to care and be surrounded by animals.
Once I and my sister went to eat out in the night and while returning back
saw a baby pig that had strayed on to the main road. We realized that the baby might get hit by a speeding vehicle so we carried it home. We fed it with milk and found a comfortable and nice place for him to sleep in. One hell of a milk drinker he was! The next evening we went to the same place and searched around to find the mother. After going a little ahead into the slum cluster nearby we saw a mother pig with a litter of over 8 babies. We realised probably this was her and so we went a little further
carrying the baby but the mother was very ferocious. So we decided to leave the baby as close to the mother as possible and watch from a distance
and so we did. A little while later, the mother came smelling the baby and dragged it into a small pit, where the other babies lay.
Similarly a few years ago I found a Lhasa mixed wandering in Pan chsheel. I took the dog, which I called Pinku (small sized in Nepalese), around the place but we did not find the
owner. It was a very sweet and playful dog; I took it to a shelter in Model Town.
Then one day Pinku was seen on TV sitting with the lady who ran the shelter, the show was seen by Pinku’s owners and they immediately came back to claim him from the shelter. I think it is pure luck and God’s wish that led to the reunion. It is perhaps instinct or just pursuance that helps me reunite so many lost animals with their owners.
Then once again I found a Lhasa from Panchsheel, once again it appeared lost to me. I put an advertisement for this dog in the news paper and late in the night some body by the name of Dr Rizvi responded to it. I urged him to call the dog’s name on phone and put the phone on the dog’s ear.
On listening to it, the dog started wagging its tail. That was a sign of another reunion.
As an animals lover I feel that each animals has a right to have a good and decent living for they too deserve the best in life. Thus I feel it’s the responsibility of all to contribute to their welfare. I wish I could help all the animals on the street and help all lost animals
reunite with their owners. Once I went for my evening walk and saw a dog that was collared and looked like a lost pet to me. I just took the dog around the locality on a leash for two days on end. Then one day I saw two girls coming towards me who immediately recognised their dog.
Similarly in case of Tina and her “lost and found “ dog “Scooby”, somebody spoke of a lost Labrador to me during my morning walk. Then in the evening a friend of mine reported that she had spotted a dog that seemed lost.
I went to see the dog and carried it all the way to Friendicoes because the dog seemed not so well to me. After a few days somebody asked Tina to get it in touch with me and that is when Scooby got his home back.
I feel that the stray, injured animals have an uncanny knack of finding
me and so do the lost dogs!”
“God has been kind to help me with funds and so I just go on helping
as many animals as I can”
Rani Ji is currently recuperating from a serious
health problem. Therefore this article goes without her photos. We all
and the four legged wish her a quick and a speedy recovery…
All the best Rani Ji. We all need you, your voiceless
companions miss their angel.. May God bless you!