Dog adoption evokes tremendous response

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Jan 2017 10:06:09

Staff Reporter,


Jan 7,

Young volunteers of People for Animals Raipur Unit-II (PFA) in the State Capital hosted the first edition of ‘Indian Puppy Adoption Camp’ at Magneto The Mall, here recently. The response was overwhelming as people from different backgrounds and class, who actually had come to the mall to enjoy their evening, found their gaze stuck on the cute little puppies. As a matter of fact, some people, including youngsters and families immediately approached the PFA volunteers, completed the official formalities (signing the undertaking) and immediately went back home with their puppies to spend rest of their evening time with them.

On the other hand, around 30 PFA volunteers, mostly comprising girls, were seen proactive in counselling the visitors interested to adopt the puppies. Even the PFA volunteers were amazed to notice the overwhelming response to their maiden dog adoption camp. So much so that 20 puppies were adopted within six hours within the outset of the program, which began at 2 am. Yet, the PFA volunteers were being successively approached by more and more visitors in person as well as telephonically for getting the puppies adopted.

“Initially, we all, myself personally, were sceptical to response for the program since it was being organised for the first time. But the turnout of people took everyone of us by surprise and now every day we are getting phone calls from Raipur, Bhilai and Durg for holding another adoption camp,” an elated Kasturi Ballal, Secretary, PFA Raipur told The Hitavada.

According to Ballal, the PFA ensured giving a professional touch to the adoption camp, albeit it was maiden attempt, by organising a team of dedicated canine lovers, vet experts and handlers. “PFA President Sankalp Gaidhani along with Dr Yukti Agrawal (Diet & Behaviour Expert) rendered one-to-one counselling to the people who came to camp for adopting the dogs. The people adopting the puppies were thoroughly counselled and given the list of “Dos & Don’ts” pertinently necessary before petting a dog,” she maintained.

According to PFA President Gaidhani, they also roped in profession services and consultation of vet experts, including state’s renowned veterinarian Dr Padam Jain from Raipur, who rendered free-of-cost vaccination, medication and de-worming of the dogs put on for adoption in the camp. Moreover, the massive crowd of canine-lovers people were also lent assistance by PFA’s professional dog handlers, Bablu Rao and Dharma Rao.

Shraddha Nath, a young girl, who adopted a male Indian puppy nick-named ‘Jerry’, was delighted to have a new member to the family for which she thanked the PFA volunteers for their initiative of holding such a camp.
Similarly, Priyansh Rao, another canine, thanked the PFA mandarins for helping him in adopting a female puppy ‘Sara’.

“Thanks to PFA for making ‘Mission Possible’ and known these stray puppy have got a family to live for rest of their lives,” he added.

People for Animals (PFA), is an organisation that works for the conservation of animals run successfully nationwide since 1992 by Maneka Gandhi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament from Pilibhit (UP). The Raipur Unit of PFA was started by some very enthusiastic and compassionate youngsters in 2014, which had been helping feeble street cows, stray dogs, birds and other animals by providing them food, medical treatment and shelter.

“We at PFA feel that if native dogs are adopted, no stray dog would be found on streets struggling for food and shelter. Foreign pets are less adaptive to our climate whereas the native animals find themselves cozy in our surroundings. Hence, it becomes easy for the owners to adopt these hapless ones and take care of them,” collectively said the PFA President and Secretary Gaidhani and Ballal.