About one and a half years ago Home for Paws was started with the purpose of making Chandigarh free from stray dogs and rabies. While talking to , Gurjusjit Singh, Secretary, Home for Paws, shared his love for dogs and how they prove to be faithful companions for human beings. Every second Saturday of each month Home for Paws holds a donation drive for those who want to adopt dogs. The second adoption drive by Home for Paws was held on Saturday (February 9) at the Sector 17 Plaza. Two dogs were adopted during this drive. “If two dogs are adopted in two hours, its a huge achievement for us, its a continuous process,” said Gurjusjit Singh.
He further said that because of a story in newspapers or social media, people are actually thinking of adopting dogs. “People come to us and ask for high-breed dogs and sometimes people owning dogs come to us for putting up their dog for adoption,” shares Gurjusjit Singh. There were 3-month old desi puppies up for adoption. The event highlighted the need for better human-dog interaction as well as adopting desi breeds that are better suited to the Indian environment. The event garnered a huge gathering, with people from outside states like Jammu and Kashmir looking to adopt dogs. The star of the show was Tommy with his lopsided ears and endless energy. Looking at him, nobody could guess that he was previously hit by a car on the roadside and was rescued just in time.
Since the maiden adoption drive held in January at Sukhna Lake, Home for Paws has managed to facilitate the adoption of 10 desi dogs into their forever homes. The next adoption drive is scheduled to be held on March 9, 2019 at Sukhna Lake. Highlighting the bitter truth, Gurjusjit Singh shared how people purposely try to hurt dogs because they hate them. “It is very hard to change someone’s mindset, however I think dogs are the most loyal and lovable animals.” There are are all kinds of people. “We are not in the rescue of dogs, we are there for the welfare of dogs. There is a difference between rescuing and caring. We look after dogs, animals. In our group there are all kinds of animal lovers,” says Singh.
On Sunday, Bagheera was adopted by proud pet parent Lakshay Sharma from Kharar. Also Tuffy is adopted and will be handed over tomorrow to Ashu, his new pet parents from Zirakpur. If there are stray dogs around your home you can simply care for them, provide them a shelter, water and food, says Singh putting emphasis on the significance and need of people who treats animals with care and love. Home for Paws is grateful to Dr Kamboj of the MC Animal Husbandry and the MC Commissioner’s office for granting permission to conduct an adoption drive in Sector 17 Plaza. If you too want to join Home for Paws, you can during their next donation drive.