By Melissa Womack on 14 August 2012
Following her experience with animal organizations making a difference in Pune, Melissa Womack, Global Marketing Head, KPIT Cummins reaches out to animal lovers.
|Image 1: Niketa in the |
On a sunny Saturday in Pune I was showered with love – Puppy Love – literally! I found a kindred spirit in KPIT colleague Niketa Malhotra (Image 1) who works to improve the lives of stray dogs in Pune, India as I do in my US hometown, Dallas, Texas. I spent the day with Niketa learning how dog rescue works in Pune.
Niketa works with RESQ, a Charitable Trust that takes calls from Pune-ites who spot a sick or injured street dog. RESQ will send help (Image 2). In some cases, the dog is treated and goes on his way, but other situations require more serious intervention.
|Image 2: Mahesh, ResQ Driver|
In the case of little Peanut (Image 3) his leg was fractured. In the case of Lovey (Image 4), she was found lying on the roadside, dehydrated, with her paws and elbows infected with open wounds. Both were transported to a vet for treatment, and then to RESQ where they could recuperate. A caretaker administers medicine and cares for them while they get better.
|Image 3: Peanut|
There’s only room for a few dogs at a time so the goal is to get him (or her) back to the same place he was found as soon as practical, preferably sterilized to avoid further over-population. If unable to survive on the street, he is put up for adoption in hopes of finding a home.
In more serious cases, dogs will go to Blue Cross Hospital in Gorpadi, which is the only animal hospital in Pune, where dogs can stay overnight. Blue Cross also treats animals with chronic health issues and special health needs while continuously looking out for a loving home. At Blue Cross, I learned about the inbreeding of Greyhounds resulting in painful hip displaysia.
|Image 4: Lovey|
I think of the stray dogs in India as Community Dogs, because they live in harmony just like people. While stuck in traffic near Mumbai airport I was delighted to watch two dogs running towards each other from different directions.
They greeted each other, wagged their tails and then ran off together. They were at home in their community and clearly had plans to do something that day – maybe a dog date?
Did you know?
How can we help?
Volunteer and Spread the Word!
And last but not least - call these organizations when you see a distressed animal. It may be 30 minutes for you to wait until they arrive, but you could save a life!
For volunteering, fund raising, organizing events and further information about animal organizations in India contact Niketa on firstname.lastname@example.org
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