Animal lovers should lap this up. The city is preparing to host its very first pet adopt-a-thon, featuring over 50 puppies and 30 kittens between the ages of one-three months, all of whom are looking for a new home.
Organised by World For All Animal Care and Adoptions, a registered animal welfare NGO, the event is for healthy mixed breeds, who were all registered by their respective guardians five days in advance. “These are needy homeless animals coming from all over the place. We asked people to register so that we wouldn’t have last-minute walk-ins. Also, we’re getting all the animals checked by vets half an hour before the event to make sure they’re healthy,” says Ruchi Nadkarni, managing director. The event also has stalls selling pet accessories, a dog bakery and an animal counsellor.
The team at World For All is making sure the pets will find the right homes by first interviewing prospective families and following it up with a home check-up. “While the event is open to everybody, we will interview people to make sure their lifestyles and motives fit what we’re looking for. There will also be a home check the next day,” she says.
Ask Ruchi what criteria would disqualify an interested family, and she responds, “Someone working 24 hours can’t give a puppy the attention and care it needs, so they may get a kitten instead, which is more self-reliant. People should also be aware of their responsibilities, since the pet needs to be walked and fed every day, and will probably curtail family vacations. Those who are younger than 18 or live with relatives need to get the consent of the entire family.”
The incentives for potential guardians include a free three-kilo bag of food and a Pedigree-sponsored vaccination shot. But there’s also a hefty deterrent. Ruchi warns, “We have a clause in our adoption certificate that if a family wants to return a pet, they need to remain guardians till we find another home for it. If they can’t, we levy a fine of Rs 5,000.”