AMMA or Ma is commonly used to describe the mother in several different languages, and A. Paremeswari to what she refers to when calling furry children.
Every time he says “Ari Amma”, they rush to their “mother” at every opportunity.
What started out as helping volunteers by feeding them and volunteering to help needy animals turned out to be a full-time commitment for a 46-year-old former airline crew member.
Watching her feed her dogs as they all struggle for her attention, the proud “dog mother” says she considers it her destiny to shelter and raise her furry children.
Parmesvar said he started eating and working as a volunteer in 2014, but his rented house in Tanung Bungah, Penang, soon became a full-fledged shelter, with about 30 dogs currently living.
“It gradually became a refuge, now they are my children.
“I live here with them, I know each of them by name, their small peculiarities, special features.
“They are all different, some are friendly, and some are reserved because of public abuse.
“They are all stray or abandoned dogs, some disabled, some injured by abuse.
“I have dogs that have been hurt, treated badly in the past, but here they are treated with love and respect,” he said as he met Jalan Lembah Perm at his sanctuary, Tanung Bungah.
There are 16-year-old three-legged dogs in his shelter, from four months to adults.
He told the paramedic that he never wanted to stay in Penang, but as fate would have it, he realized he could not leave his dogs.
“I worked in Singapore for more than 15 years, I came to Penang for a short time.
“I should have moved to Denmark for work, but I refused because I think it is my calling to stay here and help these dogs.
“These dogs are usually approached by people who find them on the street or those who need help taking care of their dogs.
“I offer boarding services to families who are unable to care for their pets because of their living conditions.
“I charge small sums of money from families because it helps them find shelter,” he said.
He added that the dog food, their basic needs, cost him more than 4,000 rubles a month.
“This excludes their medical care, rent and electricity bills.
“There are some kind people who sometimes call, but so far there are no permanent donors.
“I usually ask for help when I run out of rice and meat.
“I sell T-shirts to help raise funds,” he said.
He told the paramedic that the dogs had healthy food and were fed twice a day.
Breakfast is usually bread or crackers, then lunch is rice մի meat with vegetables.
“On weekends, they get sweets և semi-snacks that are good for their health.
“Some dogs have diseases, so their diet is different.
“One of them can have fish only because of a skin allergy, and the other needs a lot of fiber, because he is paralyzed inside the waist, he needs it to help him move his intestines.
“We have puppies, so they get eggs in their food to help them grow,” he said.
The paramedic, who has an assistant, said that prior to the Covid-19 epidemic, students had volunteered at his shelter.
“I had a lot of volunteers at the time when I was supported by several donors. “Times are bad now, I have no more volunteers,” he said.
He also said that all the dogs in his shelter had been neutered, spayed and vaccinated.
“I hope to return to the dogs, I am always looking for families to adopt them,” he said.
Paremeswari can be reached at the Tulsi Petcare Center (017-4807355).