Mumbai family creates a birthday buzz, feeds 1,200 stray dogs to celebrate

While we all cut a cake and receive some gifts on our birthday, a family from Mumbai thought of a different way to celebrate a birthday in their family. Animals Matter To Me (AMTM), a Mumbai-based animal welfare NGO, helped the family celebrate the occasion by feeding 1,240 stray dogs!

A volunteer feeding stray dogs. Photo: Ganesh Nayak

A volunteer feeding stray dogs. Photo: Ganesh Nayak

Over 263 volunteers toiled for over five hours to feed the canines. Volunteers, bloggers, fans from Facebook alike got together to spread the joy of the occasion. Even Ganesh Chaturti visarjan traffic couldn't stop the dog lovers from feeding the strays.

“A 12-year-old girl told her parents that she didn’t want a lavish party for her birthday and wanted to feed strays instead. The Gujarati family doesn’t want to reveal their identity,” Ganesh Nayak, the co-founder of this charitable trust, told Mid Day.

The NGO has fed over 49,000 strays so far and hopes to have more sponsors and volunteers to continue serving these neglected pooches. Many of the volunteers took to the NGO’s Facebook event page to convey their gratitude for this opportunity. Here’s to more soul-soothing ways to celebrate birthdays!

Updated Date: Sep 09, 2016 20:47 PM