Wednesday, May 10, 2006

May 14 is Stray Dog Day!!!

Via email from Abodh at Welfare of Stray Dogs:

Meet the Stray Dog Heroes Lara and Jerry.

Lara – She wasn't born a stray, but she became one when her callous owner abandoned her on Sion highway. Not surprisingly, she was soon hit by a car and both her back paws were severely wounded and fractured. In fact, the toes of the right hind paw were completely severed. When she was brought to the WSD kennel in January 2006, she was unable to get up. Instead of sinking into self-pity as most humans would have done, Lara made the best of what she had and started propelling herself around on her front legs. As her wounds healed, she started using one of her hind legs, and finally, a couple of weeks ago, she began walking almost normally on all four paws. WSD salutes this quiet, gentle little dog for her tenacity and will to survive, and above all for retaining her trust of human beings even after the cruelty she had suffered.

Jerry - Those of us who are different from the mainstream are usually burdened with the pity and low expectations of our fellow human beings. Perhaps only in the eyes of dogs are we truly equal. Adopted from WSD four years ago, Jerry lives at the Helen Keller Institute of Deaf & Deaf Blind . She performs a valuable and unique service by providing love, companionship and lots of fun for the students. Like all dogs, Jerry does not discriminate in any way, and to her the children are simply her beloved playmates, no different from other children.


In 2005, The Welfare of Stray Dogs decided to celebrate the second Sunday of May every year as Stray Dog Day.

This year, Stray Dog Day will be held at the Dhanraj Mahal in Colaba (Near Cottage Industries/Gateway Of India), Mumbai on May 14, 2006 at 4:30 pm.

Seven individuals will be felicitated for their outstanding contributions to the cause of stray dog welfare, public health and above all, furthering the goal of harmonious co-existence of dogs and humans. Seven of these awardees are human; two are dogs.

WSD will felicitate two Stray Dog Friends, five Stray Dog Saviours and two Stray Dog Heroes.

WSD products (for humans and dogs) will also be on sale. You can buy gourmet vegetarian food prepared and sponsored by the Taj President, Mocha, Zaffran, Joss & Patchi chocolates.

Cyrus Broacha will compere the event and Cyrus Guzder, CMD, AFL will hand over the token of appreciation to the awardees. The honorary director of the Helen Keller institute, Ms Behroze Vaccha will also be present.

Children can get themselves photographed with the kennel dogs and the Stray Dog Heroes by WSD volunteer and professional photographer Rohan Mukherjee.


Who are the Stray Dog Friends?

The Hiranandani Gardens Residents group, and lawyer Porus Kaka.

The Hiranandani Gardens Residents – All citizens reserve the right to complain about civic problems, but most shrug off their responsibility when it comes to solutions. Given that garbage is one of the main causes of the stray dog population, everyone in the city is actually contributing to this particular problem. The residents of Hiranandani Gardens decided to take positive action with the support of the Hiranandani Constructions and took the unique initiative of carrying all the dogs in the colony to NGOs to be sterilized and vaccinated. The process took several months of consistent effort, and there are now no pups being born in the colony. If all housing societies followed the example of Mriganko Chatterjee, Mrs. Shahani and others, it would be a huge step towards permanently reducing the dog population.

Porus Kaka – Helping dogs does not necessarily have to mean spending hours with them on the street. A few high-calibre professionals provide invaluable service to the cause by actually adopting four street dogs, including an amputee. As a prominent and very successful tax lawyer Porus has extremely hectic work and travel schedules, but this has never prevented him from befriending dogs in any way possible, whether by giving advice or lending his premises for WSD activities.


Who are the Stray Dog Saviours?

Suresh Naidu, Vijayan & Aspi Chinoy, Zal Andhyarujina, Jerestin Sidhwa

Suresh Naidu – Most people see volunteering as a hobby, to be indulged in only in one's leisure time. Not Suresh Naidu. For years, he has managed to do a full-time job, care for his family, and be a full-time animal lover. Humane, conscientious and incredibly dedicated, he cannot ignore an animal in distress. After office hours, when ordinary men would want to put their feet up and unwind, Suresh goes on his first-aid rounds with his medicine kit, treating injured and ailing strays.

Vijayan – There are many people in this city who deserve our compassion – especially the homeless, and those scratching out a living in slums and on the street. A little-known fact is that some of these people, in their turn, give an enormous amount of compassion to those even less fortunate. Vijayan is a familiar sight outside Standard Chartered Bank on DN Road, where he has been shining shoes for many years. He is a familiar sight to the local dogs, too, for different reasons. Vijayan takes all the needy strays around under his wing, bringing them to WSD for sterilization and vaccination, and caring for them when they are ill or injured. He even nursed two semi-paralysed dogs back to health.

Aspi Chinoy, Zal Andhyarujina, Jerestin Sidhwa – If not for the support of these talented and eminent advocates, the stray dog sterilization programme might not have still been in existence. Aspi Chinoy, Zal Andhyarujina and Jerestin Sidhwa have always come to the rescue, somehow managing to include the stray dog matter in their busy schedules, even when it must have caused them considerable inconvenience. Stray dogs are extremely fortunate in having such staunch and vociferous supporters to fight their legal battles.


Please be there and support these wonderful efforts!!!

(Many thanks to our friend Abodh for the detailed email!!)

Wednesday, April 12, 2006


Why would anyone kill this animal...

Monday, April 03, 2006

WSD Adoption Mela!!

The Welfare of Stray Dogs (WSD) will be hosting the WSD ADOPTION MELA at Dhanraj Mahal, Apollo Bunder, Near Cottage Industries Emporium, Colaba, Mumbai on Sunday, April 9, 2006 between 5 pm and 7 pm.

10 dogs will be put up for adoption. These dogs are either abandoned pets or pariahs brought from the Mumbai Airport area. All these dogs require a good and loving home. All the dogs have been temperamentally tested to ensure that they would make good house pets. They are all sterilised and immunized.

This is Milo.

The WSD veterinary physician and volunteers trained in dog behaviour will guide the prospective adopters to make the correct choice, and advice the new adopters about dog care, diet, behaviour, vaccinations and grooming.

Prospective adopters would be screened and interviewed by WSD adoption counsellors to ensure that the dog goes to a loving and responsible home. If found suitable,they would be allowed to adopt the dog. The new adopters will be given vaccination certificates, leaflets on Dog Care. The adoption counsellors will also accompany the new owners with their pets to their residence.

The objective of this ADOPTION MELA is to encourage people to adopt dogs that really require a home instead of going and buying one. Hundreds of dogs (abandonded pets and pariahs) have been adopted by people from The Welfare Of Stray Dogs (WSD) in the past and have made wonderful pets. WSD has organized two Adoption Mela's in the past through which 13 out of 15 and 8 out of 10 dogs had been adopted.

There will also be a SALE OF WSD PRODUCTS for doggies and their owners

For Doggies – Tags, Ruffs, Pillows, Mattresses, Scarves

For Owners – T-Shirts, Mugs, Trays, Jute & Cloth Bags, Notepads, Towels & Caps.

WSD contact nos : 23733433/23891070 E-mail :


1) Suraj: Suraj was rescued from the airport. He is dark and handsome. He is very sweet, timid and can be slightly mischievous too. He will make an excellent family pet. He loves attention and enjoys going out for walks.

2) Lara : She is an abandoned Pomeranian who was ruthlessly abandoned by some one. She was left to die on the highway near Sion till a WSD volunteer found her with both her hind legs incapacitated. One leg had a fracture and the other was eaten up by maggots. At the beginning she used to walk around on her front legs but now she can walk around. She is very gentle and sweet and needs a very loving and extra caring home.

3) Laila – She is a tan female, very sweet gentle and mild. She longs for human company but she is equally happy to sit next to you and enjoy the world go by.

4) Brandy: She is short haired with black and brown fur, brandy colored eyes and erect ears. She is calm and peaceful. She is slightly shy but give her some time and she will be your good friend.

5) Milo: You look at him and you will remember Jim Carey's Milo in The Mask. His short stature will not come in the way of jumping high to attract your attention. He was found abandoned at Powai. He is a mixed breed dog with grey and white markings.

6) Kalu : He is fat ,podgy but will jump on you to greet and will love to play with you. He was brought from the Mumbai zoo. He is very sweet, loving and timid. He loves being fussed upon.

7)Mamta : She is black and will make an excellent watchdog. She will be always excited to see people.

8) Bholu: He is very good looking and can be quite a clown. He will run around you with excitement. He takes a little time to know you but once he is friends with you, he will give to all the love and attention in the world.

9) Sucheta : She is a tiny little bundle of joy. She is always full of life. She will make the perfect family pet. She loves other dogs and some of the cats are her best friends. She is brown in color and very furry.

10) Raja: He will be true to his name and be the king of the house. He will guard it with all his might. He is very good looking and will love and protect you with his heart.


Please do visit the Mela, with your children... and show your support for these beautiful stray animals!

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Animals in captivity

I have a post, over at The Other India, about the living conditions of animals at the Mumbai zoo.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Garage Sale in aid of Stray Dogs

From my mailbox:

The Welfare of Stray Dogs (WSD) is an animal welfare NGO that sterilizes and immunizes stray dogs. WSD also has an adoption program for abandoned pets and pariahs, an on-site first–aid program and an education and awareness program in schools, colleges, streets and slums. WSD has so far sterilized more than 29,000 stray dogs and impacted the lives of thousands more through first-aid and adoption.

WSD spends Rs 1,40,000 per month on the above activities and we depend on the largess of donors to fund these activities. One of WSD's methods of raising funds to sustain costs is a regular garage/jumble sale, the next one to be held from February 17-19, 2006 (Friday-Sunday) at Bandra Reclamation, Bandra(W).

On sale would be C.D’s, Artefacts, Glassware, Kitchenware, Crockery, Clothes and Accessories, Linen and Electronic Items.

The proceeds of the Garage Sale would be used to fund the above–mentioned programs.

Venue : Shop No 16, ONGC Complex , Near Candies, Opposite Leelavati Hospital, Bandra(W), Mumbai

Date : February 17-19, 2006.(Friday-Sunday)

Time : 11 am to 6:30 pm

For more information please call WSD on 23733433/23891070 or e-mail

Please visit!! Please tell your friends too!

Friday, February 03, 2006


Human evil knows no limits.

What kind of scumbags would use puppies to smuggle drugs, by surgically implanting the little animals with packets of heroin?


...after a long break. Apologies: just too many other things happening. This post is just to start things going again around here. I hope I'll be more regular from now on.

Remember Happy, Go and Lucky, the three puppies in my building compound who needed oood homes?

Well, Go decided to live up to his name, and went - he was the first one to be adopted.

Happy, Lucky and their mother Bitiya were hanging around mostly in the building garden and on the pavements outside. But this was not a sustainable solution.

Unfortunately, Lucky... wasn't so lucky. He was scrawny and very weak. He didn't survive.

But Bitiya and Happy are now at Jeev Raksha, where they'll be cared for, fed and loved.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

The nicest New Year card I got this year...

is this. "All I want ia a kinder world for stray dogs and people."

My cat Bilkul adds, from his perch on the dining table: "And stray cats, too!"

Happy Happy, all!!

(also on Indian Writing)