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Don’t buy, just adopt

An initiative taken by an NGO, Friendicoes, to promote adoption of stray dogs

entertainment Updated: Jun 12, 2011 01:14 IST
Aditi Raman

Pet owners in the city are nowadays taking a liking to ‘Comedy night for the Pet Lovers’, held every month by an NGO, Friendicoes, which rescues and adopts stray dogs. The comedy night, which takes places once a month, is an initiative to promote the adoption of stray dogs. Last held on 8th June at Turquoise Cottage, Vasant Vihar, the event saw performances by stand up comedians Rajneesh Kapoor and Neeti Palta for the audience.

“People are obsessed with pedigree breeds and don’t want to adopt Indian dogs,” says Alia Dasgupta, a volunteer of Friendicoes and one of the organizers of the comedy nights. “This is an effort to create awareness about adoptions of stray dogs,” she says.

“I fail to understand why Indians are reluctant to adopt or purchase Indian dogs,” says Geetan Batra, 47, who has adopted six Indian breeds. “Indian dogs are better suited to the Indian climate than the pedigree pets,” she said.

“Many people buy expensive breeds and are later unable to afford the expenditure. When the health of the dog fails, they throw them out. Most of them also leave sick-looking pugs and labradors tied to our staircase,” says Irani Mukherjee, director Circle of Animal lovers.

The increase in demand for pedigree dogs is mainly because of the status symbol that comes with their ownership. But this has led to an increase in the number of breeders, most of whom are running this business illegally.

“The conditions in which most of the breeders keep their dogs are pathetic. The dogs are fed only to be kept alive and are kept in cages throughout their lives,” says Dr. Vinod Sharma, of Jeevashram Animal Shelter in Rajokri. “If one has the time, money and space, they should give the Indian dogs a home. Living on the streets makes Indian dogs sharper, smarter and healthier than the pedigree dogs,” he further says.

You can also adopt a stray dog from your colony. “I once found a stray dog in a terrible condition. She was starving and was injured. I started providing her with food, and within a month, she became a beautiful dog and now stays with us,” says Mala Sinha, a resident of Noida.

Adopt them from here
1. People for Animals
Where: 14 Connaught Place
Tel: 011 23355883
2. Jeevashram Animal Shelter
Where: Rajokri, Rangpuri
Tel: 011 25064118
3. SPCA
Where: Plot No.8, Sector-94, Noida
Tel: 9818085256
4. Circle of animal lovers
Where: E 67, DDA Flats, Saket
Tel: 011 26511569
5. Friendicoes SECA
Where: 271, Flyover Market, Defence Colony,
Tel: 011 24320707