How I Started Furever 9?
During my teenage days, I used to see stray animals all around but never realised how difficult survival was for them. One day, on my way to the tuition, I saw a lady feeding a stray dog and I asked her do you feed him daily.
She said, “no, whenever we have extra food”.
Since, I used to come from the same path daily, I everyday saw that dog waiting at the same place for food. I skipped my tuition just to see when he will get his food. I didn’t have any food with me, and I kept on thinking, “why isn’t that lady coming, why isn’t that lady coming”. When she didn’t come, I rushed to my house and got some bread for him. The way he eat the bread made me realise that he was super hungry. After that, I started bringing food for him daily. I skipped my tuition on many days, just to spend time with him.
We became friends! I felt so happy. He was my first best friend!
I named him dost (friend). Whenever he saw me approaching, he wagged his tail and I could sense that he was as happy as me. This routine lasted for almost six-seven months. I wanted to bring him home, but I knew nobody would approve.
One day my father told us that we were moving to another city. A few minutes later, I realised that I was never going to see my dost again. I rushed to him and cried, cried a lot! I was talking to him and he just kept sitting beside me. Finally, the day came, the day we were leaving. I didn’t want to go. I told my parents that I didn’t want to go, I didn’t want to leave my dost here all alone. I asked them if they will please allow me to take him with us. But, I already knew the answer. It was extremely tough to say goodbye to him. I went to see him for the last time. I said, “ dost ab hum nahi mileage” ( dost we will not meet again). At that very instance, I started crying and I ran away from there. We shifted to a new city. I missed my dost every single second. I kept thinking if he had eaten any food. Would he be missing me? Slowly, with time, I learnt to live without him. After five years, my father was visiting the same city again. I don’t know what came to my mind that I asked him to take me as well. He agreed. When we reached there, my father went off for his work and I rushed back to the same place. Meanwhile, dozens of questions were floating in my head, “will he recognise me? what will I say to him?” Honestly, I didn’t have the courage to face him after ditching him like that. I bought one packet of milk and bread for him. When I reached, he wasn’t there. I waited for more than an hour. He wasn’t there. I rang the doorbell of the same lady but somebody else came out from the house. I asked her if she had seen the dog. She denied. Nobody had seen dost in the recent years. There was a shop just few steps ahead from that spot. I went there and asked about dost. Finally, the shop owner recalled the dog.
He told me that dost had passed away three years back. He used to just sit at one place and never ate much food. I realised that he might have been depressed and that took away his life.
I lost my best friend, I lost my dost. This was the saddest day for me. All the memories came back in a flash. But there was nothing I could do. Father and I came back to our city. But there was a thought ongoing in my mind, ”there are so many voiceless animals on the street. Luckily, some are taken care off but what about the others? I wanted to do something for them! But what could I do?” That time, I didn’t know, nor could I think of any idea.
I went to college “ Birla Institute, Bhimtal”, completed my studies, came back to my city Dehradun. Then I moved to Delhi for work and I also wanted to learn dramatics. I lived there for almost four years.
In 2020, the whole world was suffering from Covid-19. We weren’t permitted to step out of our houses which was for our own safety. But what about the stray animals? Who would be feeding them? Will they die? Soon 2020 passed. But the danger was not over!
Our country suffered from the second wave of Covid-19. I was in Delhi when I received a call that both my parents were admitted to the hospital for Covid-19 pneumonia. My sister and I rushed from Delhi to Dehradun. My mother got discharged in next four-five days, but my father’s condition was critical. His lungs had suffered an 80% damage. Doctors weren’t sure of his survival. After a week, the doctor told me that my papa must have done something great in his lifetime because he was recovering quickly, while the same treatment was being given to other patients as well. It was at that moment, I realised, for many years my father and elder brother, who stays in Dehradun, have been feeding more than 15 dogs around our house on a daily basis. It is not easy to take out more than an hour everyday, roam around one lane to another to feed the stray animals. But they do that without any questions. Throughout the month in the hospital (till the time papa was admitted), the thought of doing something for the strays became so prominent that as soon as papa was discharged, I started planning to launch a foundation that will feed all the stray animals. The Second objective is to open a veterinary hospital that will treat all animals, free of cost.
How am I going do that?
Neither I have the money nor I have any idea . I can feed few but all the stray animals. How?
But But But !!! I have to do this. No stray animal should die with hunger or non availability of treatment. That’s how Furever 9 Corporation came to life. I decided to start a company that will market all the pet products such as the Pharmaceutical medicines, injections, grooming products, food, and nutritional supplements and company will share a percentage of profit for the animal welfare. So when you buy products from furever 9 for your adorable pets, we feed sray animals on your behalf . Product are no doubt of top-notch quality and I am sure that your pet will love us.
If you want to volunteer and be a part of Furever 9 welfare team, you can reach out to us. I am sure together we can bring a big change in stray animal lives.
The question is not, 'can they reason?' nor, 'can they talk?' but 'can they suffer?
To make a difference in the world, you don't have to be perfect, clever, or beautiful. You just need to be kind.
Diksha Yadav says:
As long as people think that animals don't feel, animals will have to feel that people don't think. You can't save all the dogs in the world, but you can save one dog's whole world!