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Thirteen lucky ones get new homes, families

DNBAN12196 | 8/17/2009 | Author : Odeal D’Souza | WC :423

They were born on the streets of Bangalore. They were despised and feared by passersby. They evaded speeding vehicles and ducked missiles hurled at them. On Sunday, they got homes, families, and hope of love and care that would last a lifetime.
Thirteen puppies, out of 15 picked up from the streets, were adopted by as many families at a camp held at the Bangalore Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA) office near Cubbon Park on Sunday. The camp, the third so far, was jointly held by a non-governmental organisation, Let’s Live Together, and Radio Active 90.4 MHz, a community radio initiative by the Jain Group of Institutions.
The camp was part of the NGO’s project, ‘Life on the Street’, which the organisation defined as “a tribute to all the not-so-fortunate pups that don’t find homes… because they are born (homeless) on the street.” The two puppies that were not adopted included a handicapped one, which the NGO will take care of.
According to Achala Pani, Founder Trustee, Let’s Live Together, families cutting across all social strata came forward to adopt the stray pups, or community dogs, as the NGO calls them.  The NGO had made it mandatory that the entire family should attend the adoption camp to take a pup home.
“There were lots of kids attending the camp, and they were more enthused by the prospect of taking puppies home,” she said.
Earlier at the camp, Nikhil Rai, all of nine years, had vindicated Pani’s words when he aired his impatience. “When can I take my pup home?” he asked his father, caring little to hide his irritation at the delay. Later, with an air of newfound responsibility, Rai proudly marched off with the little furry friend, as his family trailed him. The NGO put up the puppies for adoption after ensuring that they were healthy and vaccinated.
Instances of strays attacking humans could be brought down if more people come forward to adopt mongrels. “Adoption can definitely bring down such incidents,” Pani added.
The camp was preceded by a march “for our Indian dogs.” Dr BC Ramakrishna, president, KARUNA, R Chenraj Jain, chancellor, Jain University, Pinky Chandran, manager, Radio Active and animal lover Brinda Nandakumar, participated in the march. The adoption camps are currently confined to Bangalore. The NGO said it hopes to take it to other cities in future.  It has found homes for around 1,000 strays. Those who wish to adopt puppies may e-mail

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