Tyson's Street Dogs of Mumbai
Organized by: Melissa Kendall
There are 30 million stray dogs in India, with at least 70,000 of them living on the streets of Mumbai. Mostly these dogs are treated cruelly. People fear the dogs and so hit them, kick them, abuse them in terrible ways. As the lives of these creatures are seen to be of no value by many, drivers often do not attempt to avoid hitting them with their vehicles and these dogs are at risk of losing a leg, or death, constantly. As for food, they forage through trash, as in Mumbai alone, 500 tons of garbage a day is left on the streets. It is a cruel life. It is a cruel life, but one which has taught me the power of survival, the will to live, the joy in life, and the triumph of human kindness. There are some of the most incredible people I have ever had the luck to meet, living in Mumbai. One such man is Tyson. Tyson devotes his life to dogs - his life was saved by a dog when he was attacked by terrorists in Oman. I call Tyson "The Dog Whisperer of Mumbai". His profession is to train dogs, his life is to care for them. He has a connection with dogs and it comes from a true place of love. Tyson organizes the daily feeding of street dogs in Mumbai. There are other generous souls in Mumbai who take pity on the animals and give them scraps, but Tyson feeds them a daily nutritious meal of chicken, rice and vegetables. Additionally, he administers health care in the way of vaccines and gives them vitamins and deworming tablets. I was fortunate enough to be a part of of this amazing experience. I moved to Mumbai in July, 2015. I met Tyson as I needed help with my two dogs that I moved with me from Indonesia. One day I was talking to Tyson about how devastated I felt about the condition of the street dogs living outside of my work place. There was a dog that stayed by the entrance to the building, it was his home outside on the sidewalk. After a few weeks, I could no longer ignore the condition of the dog, as he was so hungry he was not able to stand and was shaking uncontrollably. He is a a beautiful creature, and looked me in the eyes. I broke down and cried and told Tyson that I could no longer walk past this animal without doing anything. Tyson took me on a ride and showed me a community of dogs living on the other side of the building.....a mom had given birth to pups but was soon killed by a car, and a pack of stray males were raising the baby dogs. It was amazing. I, along with another dog loving friend, made an agreement with Tyson to fund the feeding of the dog out front of the building and this little community of dogs in the back. Tyson brings food to the dogs every day, no matter what. Within just a few months, the number of dogs we were feeding in this spot grew from 8 to 22. Tyson fed all the stray dogs surrounding the building. I frequented the feeding trips, and the love these dogs have for Tyson is amazing. I witnessed the incredible change of the pack of dogs in the back of the building go from an atmosphere of distrust of humans, to a community of happy, healthy, playful and joyful dogs. The security guards stationed in that area were so happy to take part in the daily feeding, and it brought them joy as well. The dog out front went from near death, to being healthy and full of vigor. Each day when he sees Tyson, his tail flies up, and he runs around jumping and barking, and his coat is now full. What a transformation Tyson creates. This is just one area of dogs that Tyson feeds daily. He feeds street dogs in other areas of Mumbai. Additionally, he has a sanctuary in a rural area of India, where he houses another 30 dogs. Recently, another mom dog was hit and killed by a car, and left 5 puppies. Tyson took all of those puppies to his farm sanctuary to live a joyful life. Please help me to support the work Tyson does, as he relies on the generosity of other animal lovers. Just a few dollars will feed these precious creatures.