Some abandoned, others wounded — 25 dogs, including two retired paramilitary canines, were put up for adoption on Saturday, at an event that drew hundreds of people from across the city. The two ex-paramilitary dogs were brought in by a retired paramilitary officer who had been taking care of them.
Organisers said that many of the dogs put up for adoption were in bad shape, with one having sustained a bullet injury in the past. “All 25 dogs were adopted. We had received more than 100 applications,” said Ambika Shukla, director of the Sanjay Gandhi Animal Care Centre.
“One of the dogs was abandoned because he was paralysed while another was found in a park. These dogs know how to live in a family; all of them have different stories,” said Shukla.
The drive was conducted by the People for Animals (PFA) and the Pet Fed foundation at Select City Walk, Saket.
“There have been a lot of adoption drives in the past as well but this one got the maximum response from people,” said Akshay Gupta, founder of Pet Fed. “PFA has continuous house checks to ensure the dogs are given to the right family. Applicants are interviewed first and then house check-ins are done by the PFA.”
Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi, who was also present at the drive, said, “These are abandoned dogs and if they get to go to a home, it frees up space for us (at animal shelters) to get more dogs, which is helpful because we are overcrowded already.”