“A dog is a man’s companion. Dog needs no charity but love and attention,” says Vileena, member, Animal Rehabilitation and Protection Force (ARPF).
The ARPF, Hyderabad, which was awarded ‘The best green group’ by Andhra Pradesh Environment Connect (APEC), aspires to bring the much needed change in our attitude to pet dogs. Project Fighter, an awareness campaign about canine distemper, instituted in the memory of a St Bernard puppy which died of the disease recently will culminate in a workshop on Sunday.
Canine distemper is a highly contagious disease in dogs worldwide. This is not 100 per cent curable but is preventable. “Project Fighter aims at educating dog owners about canine distemper at the root level. Expert veterinarians will help the owners understand the importance of timeous vaccination and proper hygienic conditions for their pet’s longer life. This will be the perfect platform where all the owners concerns regarding pets will be answered,” says Nihar Parulekar, founder, ARPF.
“If you care about your pets, spare time to attend Project Fighter. This will help you prevent your pets developing the deadly virus,” Parulekar pleads.
It was formed of dedicated and young animal lovers trying to prevent poaching of wildlife and rehabilitate disowned and injured pets. It has 300 members and service-minded veterinarians.
ARPF has been facing a shortage of funds and rescue shelters. ARPF has successfully rescued 30 snakes, 4 fawns, 2 squirrels, 12 puppies, 2 peacocks, 2 kites and 1 bat. Space has been a major problem. “Its good to see the youth coming up with such workshops,” says Dr Jacob Mathews, a key member.