Getting his pictures clicked and waving his tail excitedly, three-month-old Casper, a Labrador pup, is easily the star at the Noida Expo Centre. However, Casper has a story of abuse and acceptance to share.
A month ago, Casper was rescued from his alleged abusive owners by a Delhi based pet adoption coordinator, Ria, who claims that he has become a part of her family since then.
Ria, an Indraprastha University student, claims that since the day she rescued and adopted the pup, he has become the focal point of her life.
“He used to be chained all day long and his owners did not treat him well. When we rescued him, he was extremely malnourished. But a month-long care and grooming has changed his life and mine as well. My life revolves around Casper and vice versa,” Ria said.
Ria escorted Casper to Noida Expo Centre to attend the inauguration of a three-day long 9th India International Pet Trade Fair (IIPT). The fair has been organised by LB Associates and Creature Companion magazine, in an effort to bring pet lovers across Delhi-NCR together and to boost the pet trade industry.
The first day of the fair saw hundreds of pet lovers and potential adopters buying pet products and accessories from more than 70 stalls put up at the expo centre.
Many pet owners claimed that since the day they adopted a pet, their lives have changed as the animal has brought positive vibes to their lives.
Aakansha Sharma, a 26 year-old-fashion merchandiser from Chandar Nagar, Ghaziabad, explains how her one-year-old pug Scotch has brought her family together.
“Earlier, all four of us were busy in our individual lives, but Scotch has brought us back together. Like a television, he has become the centre of attraction in our family. It is true that pets bring positive vibes, remove stress and make the world a better place,” Sharma said.
Similarly, 22-year-old Sudhir, a BTech student of Ambedkar Institute of Technology, is delighted to get a pet in his family after a span of 12 years.
“We’ve had three pets and when all of them died, our family was overcome with grief. It is after 12 years that I have got three more pets into my family and now all are elated,” Sudhir said.
However, pet lovers believe that mere compassion for animals is not the only requisite for a person to adopt an animal.
“It is important that the owner is ready before adopting a pet. You cannot leave them unattended, chained for hours. They need love and care and owners have to treat them like their own child,” Sharma said.