How much is that doggie in the window?

May 15, 2011, 09:29 IST | Yolande D'Mello

At this garage sale of clothes, art and knickknacks, you stand to find goodies for a steal, while you help change the lives of Mumbai's stray dog population

At this garage sale of clothes, art and knickknacks, you stand to find goodies for a steal, while you help change the lives of Mumbai's stray dog population

Take a walk through this garage sale, for here's a chance to find goodies at not just dirt-cheap prices but also the opportunity to leave with the happy feeling of having helped stray dogs in the city. Chinchpokli-based The Welfare of Stray Dogs (WSD) spends Rs 3,50,000 per month working to eradicate rabies and control the street-dog population in a scientific manner. Working with the help of volunteers, it depends on the support of animal lovers and their donations to carry out its operations.


The Welfare of Stray Dogs garage sale is one of the methods that the
organisation uses to raise funds for its activities.


"The garage sale first took place over a decade ago and we hold three a year. It's a fun way to get people involved with the organisation and all the funds go directly towards carrying out sterilisations and healthcare drives for the dogs," says Daisy Sidhwa, Project Manager for WSD.

WSD activities also include adoption so that abandoned pets are found new homes. Education drives include rabies awareness programmes that are held at schools to bust myths about street dogs. For the garage sale, well-wishers have donated household items which are put on sale at nominal prices.

For example, a ladies wristwatch is priced at Rs 90, a crystal cake platter at Rs 600 and guitars at Rs 700 each. "The prices start from Rs 10, so you can't walk out empty handed," says Sidhwa. She says, "Nothing is junk. All the items get a new life and what is unnecessary for someone can prove to be a great find for another." This year, the WSD garage sale also features artworks donated by a connoisseur at dirt-cheap prices. Catch the last day of the sale today and make sure you take home a bag full of goodies.

At: Ground Floor Garage, Surya Darshan Building, 44/50, Walkeshwar Road, near Sital Baug bus stop; 10 am to 7 pm
Call: 64222838

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