Sagar was in school when he knew that he would dedicate his life to the animals. With this single aim in mind, he worked towards it with whatever means available to him. And it is not a surprise, that today he leads a team of volunteers at Bhumi Jeevdaya, a one of its kind NGO for animal care in Navi Mumbai.
But this is a very hectic season for the animal care centre. Festivals can be an excruciating experience for the animals. Sagar says, “Birds often get a heart attack because of the blast of the crackers. Also, dogs and cats can hear volumes ten times louder than the human ear. So, while we find the crackers irritating, it is deafening for them. That is why we often get animals that are too scared and nervous. Often, in their panic to run away from the crackers, these large animals get burnt or hurt by traffic. Even during Sankranti and other kite flying festivals, we get cases where the glass polished thread of the kite cuts through the necks or wings of the bird. These animals are then maimed for life.”
So, Sagar insists that our celebrations should not harm other creatures around us. Even today, Bhumi Jeevdaya handles cases of animals that have been hurt in the celebrations. The centre started from a small shed in July 2014, and today it has moved to a facility where they can house 40 animals and 500 birds. They even an ambulance service for animals, and they provide it for all the calls they receive within the Navi Mumbai area.
The NGO finds some financial help through the trustee Raghavji Patel. Sagar is one of the seven trustees of the NGO, the youngest one who leads the team with a masterful hand. Even his professional life is dedicated to the cause. Never having dreamt of material possessions, he works as a school administrator by day and devotes the rest of the time to the NGO. Every evening, he is there for hours arranging for funds and catering to the animals.
He says, “Finding funds is a struggle every month. But we go on because we have a dream to build a hospital for the animals, that will have an in-house surgeon and all the modern equipments. Right now, we have a team of 10 volunteers, apart from others who drop in when they can. And we only spread the word through social media. Ours is a message of love. And we strive to do whatever we can for the animals.”
Sagar Savla is truly a messiah for the lay creature, who has only one message that human celebrations should not hamper the animal life around us.