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Stray dogs a new draw among Delhiites

More and more animal-lovers in the capital now prefer to adopt as pets stray dogs rather than expensive pedigree ones.

india Updated: Jul 10, 2006 19:27 IST

More and more animal lovers are now preferring to adopt as pets stray dogs rather than expensive pedigree ones, giving these homeless creatures a new lease of life.

"More than any European breeds, I love stray dogs and it's more sensible to adopt them. They get a place to live, besides love and care, and you get a faithful pet," said Shankar Ghose, president of a social organisation, Charkha.

"I started adopting stray dogs in 1996 and now I have nine dogs. I want to bring more of these homeless canines but am unable to do so due to lack of resources," Ghose told IANS.

Inspired by Ghose, a number of his friends and relatives have also started adopting these dogs, whose numbers in the capital and in other cities are probably legion.

"Our government is creating a hue and cry about dog menace but are there any proper shelters for them? We never take care of the animals and when they turn violent, people make an issue out of it," said Ghose, adding "these dogs are extremely well-behaved".

Said Alex Oropeza, who recently adopted a puppy: "I think stray dogs need more care and attention. And as educated people we must give due attention to those needy animals. Besides, they are faithful."

"The pleasure of adopting a homeless dog is different."

R.T. Sharma, president of the Pet Animals Welfare Society, said people are now approaching animal welfare organisations to help them in adopting stray dogs.

"In the past two years, over 2,000 people have adopted homeless dogs from our centre. Besides Delhi, the trend is prevalent in adjoining satellite towns of Gurgaon and Noida as well," Sharma said, adding they ask people to fill an adoption form before taking a puppy home.

"They may donate to the centre but there are no fees for adopting a puppy."

Ajay Gulliani, a veterinary doctor, said stray dogs are more immune to diseases but they do not need extraordinary care like Europeans breeds.

"They just need to be vaccinated once and they are quite comfortable with the climate here. In comparison to the foreign breeds, these dogs have lesser chances of being infected with disease. In short, the maintenance is quite low," said Gulliani adding that some foreigners in India too are adopting them as pets.