A safe house, shelter or any physical structure - something that humans can afford to protect themselves but stray animals cannot.
A quick guide on how you can help them by doing your bit.
1. Providing temporary roof/shelter around your house.
The very least you can do is to provide shelter to puppies and dogs who are struggling to find cover. You can start by letting them in your garage, balconies, staircase area, etc.
2. Building temporary shelter in public parks or in your locality.
Not everyone has the luxury of space and a majority of people in Indian cities live in crammed lanes & crowded areas. If you cannot afford letting a stray animal inside, you can do your bit by making a temporary shelter instead.
In case of an altercation with a fellow resident, remember that the Indian Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 (A Central Act) denies the right to kill, harm, dislocate or displace a stray animal meaning providing them shelter is a lawful act.
3. Animal care and treatment during monsoon.
With water everywhere, water-borne diseases affect a lot of people as well as stray animals. Dogs and cats have wounds, which are further aggravated after they get drenched in rain, sometimes resulting in maggots.
4. Reach out to the animal experts.
Many a times we are not adept to handle the situation or look after a suffering stray animal. On such occasions, it is always better to consult or contact an expert.
Stray animals belong to the roads before us and are entitled to the same respect that we humans get in every avenue or space. This monsoon, they'll need your helping hand once again.