REDEFINED STRAYS’ NASEEB

Strays in the urban have evolved to accommodate themselves within a human centric landscape. The lockdown resulted in a lot of objects populating the street, left a lot of spaces unoccupied. From timid beings suppressed under vehicles, in niches, now flaunt their presence by blatantly occupying spaces in the open. Ergonomics of spaces catering only to the human body proportions is now tweaked and occupied by other beings.

A wave of accident cases due to persons speeding, and large number of poisoning cases due to the disinfectant spray and powder across the city has been disheartening.  A new method of tending to cases was strategised due to shortage of personnel (nurses on field, vets at hospitals and clinics).

The ambulance now does not cater to only logistically treat animals by transporting, but now functions as a clinic itself, housing medical supplies, first aid, medicines, food. The walkway, public seating, car bonnet now becomes the OT table. 

The footpath, public seating, the ground become the medicine tray; missing tiles in the footpath, grooves in chairs, undulating grounds as slots in the tray accommodating saline bottles and medicine vials. 

On-site treatment provides for swift response for cases without losing time transporting the patient back to our clinic. 

Several feeders have a difficulty stepping out during these times. The animals who lose their instinct since they depend on human intervention for food need to be fed frequently. The ambulance, along with tending to medical cases, now houses a box filled with jowar for birds, pellets and biscuits for strays, fit snugly between a door and the fire extinguisher fitting.

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