Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Avis Lyons, the animal rescuer in Kerala

I met Avis when I went to cover her story. She came to Kovalam in Kerala for a holiday. When she came here, she never ever would have thought that one day she would become a messiah for the stray dogs here. When I went there, I never imagined I would get surrounded by dogs, dogs and dogs.To be honest, I was really scared. When she knew my fear she caressed her dogs in front of me and said " They make great companions when they are treated properly. You do not have to worry." My fear soon vanished.I do not know whether I should call them ' stray dogs.' Whatever it is , they were very friendly and to my surprise they showed it too. They wanted me to fondle them, cuddle them and I could see it very well in their eyes. For the very first time in my life, I felt that I should also have a pet too.

Avis Lyons was born and brought up at London. When she came here, she was really shocked by the cruelties that was committed against these animals. " I also could notice that there were many female dogs that had had puppies. But where are the puppies? People here do have a tendency to take the puppies , especially male ones and discard the mother dog. That's why I could not see any puppies with them.' she says. She is also upset with the authorities, who does nothing to alleviate the issue of stray dogs. She has a website www.animalrescuekerala.org, where she is warning before we see some pictures. Such is the pathetic sight of dogs in those pictures.

Keralites do have a different notion regarding pets. If the west do treat them as pets and as a member of the family, Keralites do treat dogs as an animal that guards the house. For them, they are just animals. This is just a generalisation and I do admit that there are exceptional cases too. People pelting stones at these dogs is a common sight here." People do dump unwanted pets. I have 105 dogs and out of them 75 are discarded pets. How could they do that? she asks.

Avis is suffering from cancer and she has been living in Kerala for the past ten years. She feels fragile and is looking for somebody, who can take this Animal Rescue Kerala, a house which she has started for discarded animals, on lease for 30 years. " Before I move back to London, I would like to see this place as a safe haven for animals," she says. If there is anybody who reads this blog and wants to do something in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact. That would be a great help. 

Her ANIMAL RESCUE KERALA is a home for 105 dogs, 2 horses and 1 rabbit.

Like me, she is also an voracious reader of mysteries and she had lined up these books in her shelf. When I told her my addiction to mystery books, she wanted me take as much as books I could from her shelf. I took one book, which I am currently regarding.