The festival of lights, Diwali 2020 is here and the 5-day celebration of the festival has begun. It will go on till November 16 this year. Diwali is one of the happiest times of the year as people deck up their homes, prepare special food, burst crackers as celebrations, and visit each other’s homes.
But as much as it is a festival of happiness for humans, it is important to make equally happier for the pets or animals who are often terrified during this period.
While the pets do have a roof and are comfortable around their humans, stray animals are more at risk. Although this time there is a set of guidelines for the bursting of crackers keeping in view the pandemic situation.
As the festival of light approaches, here’s how you can take care of strays/pets during Diwali
- Stay in the company of your pets. Even if you have guests at home, try and keep your pet in the same room with a company of everyone.
- Take your dogs down for their walks before the firecrackers start bursting. Usually, Diwali crackers are lit during the late evenings. Also, feed them early because they might not want to eat after the crackers burst.
- In case, dogs get aggressive and start barking with the loud noises, offer them a treat, play with them and calm them down
- Close the doors and windows at the time when people are bursting crackers.
- Request the kids in your neighbourhood to not throw crackers on the strays or drive them away with their cracker sound.
- If you spot an injured stray animal, contact the nearest NGO or a vet who can lead you to help them out.
- Keep water and biscuits near your building so that the scared strays can come and eat/drink it.
It is your responsibility to make yours and everyone around you’s Diwali, a happy one!