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Spot street dogs, win treasure hunt

art and culture Updated: May 12, 2012 14:58 IST
Sneha Mahale
Sneha Mahale
Hindustan Times
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The latest treasure hunt spin-off is here. As part of Welfare of Stray Dogs’ (WSD) first summer workshop with a street dog theme, the organisers are set to hold a treasure hunt where kids will have to spot canines for clues and win prizes. The mega event will take place on June 2.

It will be preceded by photography, painting and storytelling workshops that will be on throughout May. “Every street dog has character, a name, history and a quirk that is unique to it. They are not nameless and faceless entities. Through these workshops we hope to sensitise kids to street dogs and help impart certain creative skills,” says Abodh Aras, founder and chief executive officer of WSD.

He adds that the treasure hunt is completely safe as volunteers will be nearby and kids will take the clue from him or her to carry on. The hunt will be held in Churchgate for kids in the age group of 5 to 10, while the area could go up to Colaba for older kids. “Street dogs are territorial and will mostly be found in the same area,” says Aras.

WSD plans a similar treasure hunt for adults after the rainy season. Aras adds, “The proceeds from our registration fee will go towards getting dogs vaccinated or steralised. In the past, we have visited schools with dogs or brought kids to our kennels to create awareness about this issue. But this is the first time that we are adding an element of fun to the process.”

For details of workshops, registration fee and venue, please call 64222838 or 9819100808

What else is on offer?
* Storytelling workshop with Jerry Pinto: Spin stories about street dogs on May 12. Age group: 5 to 10 years.
* Painting workshop with Art For Akanksha: Learn to draw pictures of street dogs on May 17. Age group: 9 to 15 years.
* Photography workshop with Arko Datta: Learn the art of photographing your favorite animals on May 19. Age group: 9 to 15 years.
* Origami workshop with Sonya Shastri: Make origami animals on May 24. Age group: 5 to 10 years.
* Writing workshop with Lyla Bavadam: Be a street dog reporter on May 26. Age group: 9 to 15 years.