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Thursday, Oct 17, 2019

My City My Voice: Orphanage for stray dogs need of the hour in Pune

Shelter home for strays at Saswad, currently with around 500 dogs, proves to be a game changer

pune Updated: Jun 22, 2018 18:12 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
Padmini Stump is one of the founders of the orphanage for stray dogs.
Padmini Stump is one of the founders of the orphanage for stray dogs.(HT PHOTO)

Rise in number of incidents where stray dogs have injured residents has, time and again, become a point of serious concern and discussion in the city, but with no permanent solution yet.

While major discussions in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) have failed to yield any solution to the problem, a unique shelter home for stray dogs at about 20 kms from the city in Saswad has proved to be a solution for this long-standing problem.

The shelter home is founded and run by Padmini Stump and Dr Ravi Kasbekar. 

Calling such orphanages for stray dogs the need of an hour in Pune, Deepak Shikarpur, IT entrepreneur who has also visited the shelter home in Saswad, said, “In Saswad they have around 500 dogs. The duo has built a cubicle with an open space for every 10 dogs and is taking full responsibility of medical examination, food and shelter for inmates.” 

Shikarpur added, “Stray dog menace has been the point of debate for many years in Pune. According to one estimate, we have more than 2,00,000 stray dogs in Pune and only 10 per cent are sterilised and vaccinated against rabies.” 

“The work in Saswad is also a lesson for pet lovers who feed the stray dog on the streets and leave them afterwards. We accept old age homes and orphanages for young persons. Why not have the same treatment for dogs,” suggested Shikarpur. 

Padmini Stump and Dr Ravi Kasbekar also work on pet adoption. More than 1,000 pets have been adopted from their orphanage in the last 10 years. 

“This is the most practical solution the civic authorities need to set up, similar orphanages in open plots. Many dog lover NGO’s can help to look after the same,” said Shikarpur.

First Published: Jun 22, 2018 18:11 IST

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