Unless, you are Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians, Adoptathon 2013 might be a noble cause to be a part of. Organised by NGO World For All Animal Care and Adoptions (WFA), it’s time to take an adorable puppy or kitten home. Not only for the reason that they tug at your heartstrings, but for it’s time these special beings deserve to be away from the streets. At the two-day event, one can adopt from 150 Indian breed pups and kittens.
Ruchi Nadkarni, co-founder of the NGO shares, “The Adoptathon is held to get a large number of adoptions done in a short span of time and to awaken the people of Mumbai every year. It is intended to evoke compassion from every citizen.” The onus of including a pet in one’s home is significant as most animals are maximum six months’ old. Nadkarni delineates conditions one needs to factor in — “working hours, ownership of the house, society rules, diet (veg/non veg), family consent, proximity of vet, financial capability, and allergies.”
Putting things in perspective, the activist informs, “Animals in Mumbai under duress at any given time are in hundreds. We are able to carry out 60 adoptions, 120 medical emergency cases and about 60 sterilisations a month as an organisation.” WFA also cares for injured squirrels, birds, and sea mammals; kites, owls, crows, pigeons and other birds usually hurt during the kite flying festival, and Diwali when they drop from the sky due to high-decibel sounds.
Being one of the largest in the country, this time the event is a two-day event instead of one. For the record, in a single day about 110 animals have got a home through the platform and thus, at least 2,500 footfalls are anticipated this time. On a parting note, Nadkarni highlights a crucial point, “An animal is an animal is an animal. They give love unconditionally whether they are a pedigree or a stray. Pedigreed animals are also often abandoned and we help them out as well. The idea is to have people adopt animals and not buy them. The idea aims to spread the message of co-existence and adoption.”
“Our city has a lot of these strays, and people are often cruel to them. They need our help and the only way we can make a difference is to give them space in our lives. We must try and do a trickle down effect to people who find it really jarring — one dog a building at least.” — John Abraham, supporter of the cause.