MIXED BREED DOG ADOPTION MELA, ANTI-RABIES CAMP AND PMC DOG REGISTRATION CAMP
On Sunday, 31st January 2010, the Blue Cross Society of Pune celebrated Animal Welfare Fortnight with an event at Kamla Nehru Park for promoting the welfare of street dogs through a unique mixed breed puppy adoption mela.
The Blue Cross, in collaboration with the Pune Municipal Corporation till date sterilised and vaccinated over 28,000 street dogs under the Animal Birth Control and Anti-Rabies Programme of the Govt. of India. However, puppies are still found on the streets, mainly due to irresponsible dog owners or breeders and the easily availability of food in garbage dumps. Many of these puppies get injured or run over.
The main objective of the Mixed Breed Puppy Adoption Mela was primarily to find homes for these orphaned and homeless puppies. This would also reduce the number of street dogs.
During the mela, which evoked an overwhelming response, with over 70 dogs finding homes. We were very happy to know that pune city has a huge amount of animal lovers. The prospective adoptive families were offered counselling and guidelines for puppy care by Blue Cross vets and volunteers.
Puppies were given free of charge. Even though all reasonable precautions were taken to ensure compatibility between the puppy and the family, Blue Cross volunteers will make follow-up visits and give further counselling if required. Puppies need time to adjust to new surroundings, food, people, and other stress factors.Underlying diseases and others conditions could get precipitated when exposed to large crowds, handling, transport, changed environmental conditions etc. We sincerely hope all families who have adopted a pup from us will keep in touch and feel free to contact us in case of difficulties. We are here to help them.
The second objective was to promote responsible dog ownership. The puppy care guidelines given to each adoptive family urge pet owners to vaccinate and sterilise their pets and give them toilet training not only inside the house but also on the streets. The Blue Cross Society offers free sterilisation and discounts on medical treatment at the Blue Cross Animal Hospital at Keshavnagar for puppies adopted from us.
The Blue Cross has always worked closely with the Health Department of the PMC. During the mela, citizens were encouraged to register their dogs with the PMC and obtain valid licenses.
We hope we have been able to create some public awareness with this event. We plan to have more adoption camps for these orphaned pups in the future.