Where can I adopt dogs in Chennai
Street dogs in India
My personal assessment:
I have a big heart for the street dogs of India. Two have drawn the lucky ticket and are now allowed to live with us as family members. We adopted our Simba from a street dog project. Her mother was run over by a car. During our rounds through the quarters she always played with a cute bitch who had a little black puppy. When the mother was poisoned, we took the puppy in. Züttu and Simba are a great team and they have a close friendship.
I know practically every street dog in our neighborhood. On the walks with Simba and Züttu, I came up with suitable names for everyone.
Every 6 months, some puppies are added and others disappear. But I have known many of them for several years. On our lap, which is one kilometer long, I run into around 18-25 dogs. I've been living in this country for over 10 years now and I've never seen a really aggressive dog. Of course there are yappers who bark loudly when I come by with our ladies, but after 5 meters it's good again. Many residents are well-disposed towards the dogs and provide them with leftover food. Some dogs are practically adopted, that is, they are given a collar and are more or less provided with food. Poor waste disposal also provides the dogs with food.
Most Indians are afraid of dogs. There are many who buy pedigree animals in the cities as prestige or for safety reasons, but unfortunately very few have any idea about dogs, let alone how to train them. The pure-bred animals are then trained by "trained" dog trainers via blows or not.
Children and women often scream in high pitch and run away when a dog gets too close. Very few people know that such reactions stimulate the dog's hunting instinct. Often the dogs are also thrown with stones or beaten with sticks. With specific education, many dog bites could be avoided.
Facts and figures:
If you go to India, you will come across a lot of street dogs. Around 35 million strays live on the subcontinent.
At first glance, this number looks extremely high, but when you compare it to 1,339 billion people (2017), this is put into perspective.
Again and again one reads of terrible dog attacks, to which children in particular fall victim. Around 1.75 million people are also bitten every year. Despite government vaccination and sterilization campaigns, rabies is still active in India. There are around 18,000-20,000 cases of rabies each year. Monkeys can also transmit rabies. In Delhi alone, 1,800 monkey bites were recorded in the first 11 months of 2015.
The street dogs of India, also called Pariah Dogs, are originally related to the Australian dingo, the Israeli Cannan dog, the singing dog from New Guinea and the Central African village dog is also one of its ancestors. The Pariah dog evolved through natural selection and without human intervention. The result is a very robust, alert, independent dog that has adapted very well to its environment and climate. The dogs are considered intelligent and they are good watch dogs.
Government failures and often sad realities:
The state has set strict rules in its Animal Birth Control program about how and which dogs can be caught for sterilization and vaccination.
Dogs under 6 months of age, pregnant bitches and animals suffering from infectious diseases may not be caught. After the procedure, the animals must be released back to where they were caught.
However, in most cities these rules are not overly strict and the government is doing too little to control and vaccinate the dog population. Dogs caught are often relocated and released in other parts of the city. A difficult situation for the dogs. They lose their pack and, weakened by the operation, have to find their way in a new pack and maintain their position. Even the food sources that a dog knew exactly before are suddenly gone. Hunger and disease threaten.
Unfortunately, the fear of bites and rabies repeatedly leads local residents to take the law into their own hands. Some are bothered by the nocturnal barking and feel plagued by noise. So many animals disappear and you don't know what happened to them.
According to animal rights activists, hundreds of dogs disappeared in 2018 and only a few were found again. Many residents know “their” dogs very well. Sometimes they are also given a collar so that the dog catcher does not take them with him. Strays also have their people who provide them with leftover food.
If dogs disappear just like that, then it can be assumed that local residents have taken the initiative to remove the dogs.
Often the animals are not sick and they have not bitten anyone. Illegal dog catchers who have absolutely nothing to do with the official authorities are hired and the dogs are gone. Illegal dog catchers have been caught in Bangalore. Disguised with a false logo from the official agencies, they captured dogs, slaughtered them and sold the meat to places outside the city.
Animals are also simply poisoned on their own initiative. For example, in October 2018, 50 dogs were poisoned in a district of Hyderabad. The dogs died in agony and all foamed at the mouth.
Animal rights activists are becoming more and more active in the cities. Here in Chennai, Blue Cross is best known.
They take in sick and injured animals and also rush to help when an animal is in need. Suriyan and I volunteered there for a long time. During the great Chennai flood in 2015, they saved many animals from drowning. Dogs and cats can be adopted.
Dealing with street dogs as tourists:
Of course, the question of rabies vaccination immediately arises. Personally, I am not vaccinated against rabies. Since I live in a big city with good medical care, this is not absolutely necessary. In the event of a dog or monkey bite, you have to see a doctor with and without a vaccination anyway. The only difference is that you have a little more time with a vaccination.
Knowing this gives many people a sense of security, especially when planning to travel away from the big cities. If you are afraid of dogs and monkeys, I would recommend a vaccination. People who are afraid often misbehave and, unfortunately, are more likely to be bitten.
How do I behave with aggressive animals?
If dogs or monkeys become aggressive, you should avoid eye contact, stay calm and move on. Hectic movements, running away and screaming, awaken the hunting instinct and should definitely be avoided.
Many dogs have had bad experiences with people and are therefore very fearful and shy when dealing with them.
If you feel extremely threatened, you can pretend to pick up a stone from the ground and throw it.
Caution is advised at night. The packs defend their territories and sleeping places at night. It can get very uncomfortable as a pedestrian or as a motorcyclist. Avoid such situations and afford a taxi or rickshaw. If there is no other way, be sure to take a stick with you.
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