At the recent puppy and kitten adoption drive at the Zoroastrian Club, several animals found enthusiastic new owners willing to give them a new home.
Animal lovers had a field day on Sunday at HSPCA’s puppy and kitten adoption drive at Zoroastrian Club, Secunderabad. Around 20 pups and six kittens were up for adoption, and by 12pm, several had already found homes. All under 25 months old, the pups waddled around, submitting with good grace to the caresses of visitors and volunteers.
Three youngsters, who are from Manipur and work in the City, were debating whether to get a tubby, golden brown pup, who fell asleep on the table as they talked. “We came because we heard there was a Labrador pup. But by the time we got here, he had already been adopted. Then we saw this adorable fellow. The only problem is that when we go home, there won’t be anyone to take care of him,” said one of the girls. Half an hour later though, the girls headed home happily with their new pup.
There were enough takers for the kittens as well, two having already been adopted. Sisters Mrudula and Mukunda K were keeping an eye on the cats. “We foster 11 cats, two of which were adopted today,” said Mrudula. The tradition of fostering cats started with their mother, and the girls say they can’t remember a time when there weren’t cats at home. “Most often, we find kittens in garbage bins. Sometimes, their fur is still wet from the afterbirth. The kittens have to be kept warm and fed proper food at all times. Even if the mixture is slightly changed, they fall sick,” said Mrudula. Mukunda adds, “Once we brought home a cat who was ill. Soon, all of them fell sick. We’re constantly making the rounds of the hospitals.”
Two pups were taken home by Kanchan, who, along with her two sons, was pleased with the new additions to the family. “A year and a half ago, our dog was stolen. Today, we found a pup who looks exactly like him!” said Kanchan. Her son, nine-year-old Jash, was grinning broadly as he struggled to hold on to a black pup. When asked why they opted to get a pup here, Kanchan said, “It’s easy to buy a dog anywhere, but breed doesn’t really matter to us. And in the end, it is better to give a homeless dog a home, isn’t it?”
Amrita Rizal, who works with HSPCA, said, “There are a lot of people who ask us if we have specific breeds. Even though we don’t, we ask them to attend one of our adoption drives. When they see how cute the Indian breed puppies can be, they change their minds and adopt one.” Not anyone can just walk in and pick up an animal though. “The whole family must be prepared to accept a pup. They should have enough space and experience to take care of an animal. They should be sure that they won’t abandon it after a while,” Amrita said, adding that the number of abandoned dogs had increased suddenly. “Even pedigree pets are being dumped on roads. There is no need to abandon them; if you can’t take care of them, bring them to us and we’ll find them a better home.”
Up for grabs
- 20 puppies were up for adoption
- 6 kittens were also looking
For new homes
You can adopt a pet if…
- The entire family accepts the animal.
- You should have enough space around the house for the animal.
- You have some experience when it comes to taking care of the puppy or kitten.
- You are sure that you will not abandon the pet.