The dog show recently organised by the Chandigarh Kennel Club in Sector 10 , gave ardent animal activists the privilege of having a stall for inviting people to volunteer and adopt stray and shelter dogs.
A total of 42 people volunteered for joining the network of animal rights activists and five stray puppies got adopted the same day. HT spotted a few officials who openly propagated adoption and welfare of stray and homeless animals and said desi dogs were better than pedigree dogs.
“Not many people know that Hitler had 12 dogs for his security and he fed them all everyday on his own. He trusted them more than any human,” says Gursharan Singh, joint secretary of Chandigarh Kennel Club. “By adoption, dogs get a family, a home. They no longer have to roam around in search of food. This significantly reduces the cases of dog menace. Dogs are a part of our own society and one easily gets attached to them,” he adds.
Dr Lovelesh Kant Gupta, joint director, animal husbandry, Chandigarh, said indigenous dogs make better pets. “Breed dogs are more prone to diseases. They are less loyal and demand expensive care, while society dogs have a stronger immune system, are more loyal, and can be fed on normal diet. Stray dogs are territorial and even guard the society”
A senior municipal corporation official, who does not wish to be named, said many people confuse adoption with feeding stray animals. “Many people simply feed the dogs outside their houses only to take the benefits of security. This encourages menace for a service oriented city like Chandigarh. Adoption means giving a life a home, which it respectfully deserves.”
“Desi dogs are more suited to the extreme Indian climate and require fewer visits to veterinarian. Mongrels have one of a kind appearance, are better watch dogs, and live longer than their pedigree counterparts”, says Nandini Kakkar, an animal rights activist since 1996.
“People don’t know that porch breeds they buy are the infants of a mother who is kept in unhygienic conditions and is forced to give birth multiple times. Adoption may not change the world, but it will change the world for that one dog. Adopting requires the least care”, says Kashish Kumar, 20, an animal rights activist for five years now.