In Defence of Animals - A Heaven For Indian Dogs
22 Dec 2014
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From a small garage in Bhandup,Mumbai to a facility with 5 centers for sterilisation and treatment of stray dogs, In Defense of Animals (IDA) has grown manifold over these years.. Started in 1996 by a couple of like minded animal lovers, it has played a very important role in bringing good health and care to hundreds of dogs in Mumbai. For example, IDA’s Govandi facility is the only center that specially takes care of blind and old dogs in the facility. All dogs stay in wards where they are provided medical care and three meals daily. The facilities now house over 67 residential stray dogs and a few abandoned pedigree dogs too.
In Defence of Animals, with the motto of
Don't buy, adopt, has played a major role in not only the sterilisation, treatment and surgeries of the stray indian dogs and cats but also in finding forever homes for their residential furry friends. Sukanya Patkar, co -founder of IDA, says that since most of the dogs that are taken in are the ones who have been ill treated or injured, it becomes extremely hard to find homes for the residential dogs. Many of these dogs have deformities and many families prefer healthy dogs over special dogs. In 2014, 3 blind dogs and 85 others were adopted from the center after proper screening and pre/post adoption checks of the families who wanted to adopt the dogs. IDA even pays, anywhere between INR 50 - 150 plus additional food for each puppy each day, to foster families till someone adopts the puppies.
Sukanya Patkar also says that though the living conditions of the dogs have improved a lot due to the active participation of different NGO’s, many dogs still remain without proper care and shelter. Sukanya also mentions that there are many pedigree dogs who have been abandoned. One reason for this abandonment are the breeders who run puppy mills and then abandon the dogs after they are no longer able to reproduce. IDA hopes to find homes for both the Indian and pedigree dogs.
IDA, as an organisation, has 12 core honorary members and a paid staff of 83 people across the city of Mumbai. There is also a team that works during the night and searches the city from 9pm - 5am in a van for distressed dogs and cats.
If you are based out of Mumbai and want to bring home a puppy and give him / her a forever home, please connect with Priya Grover (+919821434628) or call the helpline number of IDA (+919320056581)
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