Unlikeable, unclean, napaak: stray animals are the most derided beings in our society. However, there is one young woman in Karachi who is doing her utmost to not only care for the animals but also change people’s attitude towards them.
Ayesha Chundrigar, who has been running an animal shelter since 2014, is doing an exemplary job caring for animals no one wants. And now, two-time Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid has joined hands with her to bring a short documentary which serves as a poignant reminder that we are failing the animals of our city.
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“Thank you so much Sharmeen Obaid and the team at SOC Films for offering to make this amazing piece on ACF's efforts in order to spread awareness about our cause and to help us raise funds,” a post on Ayesha Chundrigar Foundation’s (ACF) Facebook page read.
“We are forever grateful for your time, commitment and for the beauty with which you have captured all that ACF does,” it added.
The video is particularly moving as it shows people showering love on stray animals, a scene which one rarely comes across in Pakistan.
“Street animals in Pakistan are considered to be the lowest strata of society. They are considered to be pests,” says Chundrigar in the video.
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“We also hold donkey camps, where we provide medical treatment, food and water to donkeys all over Karachi. We also educate owners on how to treat the animals better,” she adds.
Currently, the fully-functional animal shelter houses over 200 animals and has rescued over 1000 animals so far, according to Chundrigar.
Watch the video here:
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