If you were one of the dog lovers that flocked to the Select CityWalk mall during the weekend, hoping to adopt an “ex-paramilitary dog” at the adoption drive, you were probably left disappointed.
Only two out of the 40-odd dogs up for adoption, at the two-day Cause 4 Paws event , were ex-service dogs.
“I had hoped to adopt one of the police dogs, because I think it (abandoning them) is quite an inhumane thing to do. I was really interested in them,” said Geetanjali, a guest at the event.
However, the lack of service dogs did not discourage people from trying to adopt a pet. The other dogs at the event, organized by People for Animals (PFA) in collaboration with Select CityWalk Mall and PET FED, were no less than warriors themselves. Some of the dogs available at the adoption drive have been through hell and back, and deserved to find a loving home.
Amar, who adopted a sluggish black Labrador, Meena, on Sunday, said that dogs bring people joy like no other creature can. “I love dogs, and I believe Meena, will be a great addition to our family,” he said.
Walking through the Select City lawns, we found dogs who had some interesting stories.
Meet five such heroes that were up for adoption this weekend:
A proven greedy foodie, Monu had no fur or healthy flesh when he first came into the Sanjay Gandhi Animal Care Shelter. “He had a skin infection, and he used to scratch himself to ease the itching. He had scratched away most of his fur and his flesh when we met him, because he was left untreated for so long. He was a just bleeding mass of flesh, when he first came in,” said Ambika Shukla, a trustee at PFA.
Monu has shown great resilience and is a handsome young chap now. He has a quiet temperament, but a big heart and an even bigger appetite. “He loves to eat! He will eat absolutely anything and everything,” said Shukla.
The three year old epitomizes how good things come in small packages. “What he lacks in size, he makes up for in volume. He has an opinion about anything and everything!” explains Shukla.
Munna, who sports an adorable little eye patch, suffers from rickets. He would need a patient owner, as he is not the fastest, explains a volunteer. But with a heart of gold, Munna was still one of the most adorable creatures at the event.
A beige Labrador, Labbu, is a survivor. “When Labbu was brought to us, she had no behind. It was entirely eaten up my maggots,” said Shukla.
She has recovered quite well since then. “Most of her wounds have been repaired. She just has a few wounds left, which are well on their way to being healed,” explained Shukla.
True to her Labrador instincts, Labbu is also one of the gentlest animals you will meet. “She is so gentle that she allows her treatment to be done without any constraint,” she said.
A three-legged Pomeranian, Beast is a true warrior. He lost his leg when he was run over by a train. “His leg was shattered and had to be amputated when he came in. You can also see a scar on his muzzle that shows that he was tied up at some point in time,” said Shukla.
Traumatised Beast was really fierce when he first came in to the shelter, and earned a reputation, and his name because of his temperament. He has calmed down since, with some loving care and attention.
Another smaller breed, Peaku was rescued from the streets where he was being picked on by a pack of dogs. “He is little peekaboo dog. He hasn’t made a peep since he was rescued. He believes that dogs should be seen and not heard. He doesn’t bark, he doesn’t make a sound,” said Shukla.
Though a quiet little fellow, Peaku is very friendly and enjoys being petted and paid attention to.
Photos by Sahiba Chawdhary / HT Photo