'Adopting strays can curb dog menace'
With pink bows tied around their collars, there was no way these utterly gorgeous pups would go unwanted. Even their somewhat scrawny looks could not detract from their loveability, as dog-lovers who flocked to a stray pup adoption drive at Sankey Tank proved.
As evening set in, families with children in tow came to the tank. At the entrance, the puppies in their pink bows caught every passerby's attention. Said 19-year-old Pinky who was with her younger sister: "I am here to just take a look at the pups as we can't adopt one. Pets are not allowed in our apartment block," she said.
Thirteen-year-old Teja and his 16-year-old brother Shreyas were busy feeding the pups tiny pieces of biscuits. When asked if they would adopt any, Tejas said, "We would like to but our parents have said no." This did not deter the duo to stay back after their swimming class to spend some time with the pups.
Achala Paani, founder of Let's Live Together, a volunteer helpline formed to help homeless, helpless dogs in the city, informed that by 5pm on Sunday 17 pups had been adopted while four were still waiting for a home. "The pups will be with the volunteers for a week or so," she said. In case they don't find a home, the pups will be released back to the street, Paani said. "It is most painful to do, but as we do not have a shelter, these four may go back." According to Paani, adoption is the most sensible solution to curb street dog menace, along with animal birth control. Paani is hopeful that the remaining pups will soon have a new home, too. Would it be yours?
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