When Pixie was born to a homeless dog a few months ago, she was nearly doomed to a life of scavenging for food-waste while risking heavy traffic. Instead, she was rescued by members of the Chennai Adoption Drive who vaccinated her and sent her to their adoption event.

Her doting owner Lavanya Krishnan recalls the moment she met her best friend. “We were actually looking for a slightly older dog to adopt,” she says. “But when I held this puppy in my arms, she just fell asleep. She looked so peaceful, I couldn't let her go. The feeling was indescribable. She belonged to us”.

After watching Pixie blossom into a loyal family member, Lavanya became an ambassador for the cause of homeless pet adoption. “A dog is a dog regardless of whether he's a mongrel or a pedigree. He treats you like a king and thinks of you as family. Many people have this misconception that only purebred dogs make good companions — this is totally wrong.”

She holds up Pixie as proof. “She's really obedient and intelligent,” she says, adding that the feisty mongrel is a master manipulator. “In the early days, she was very weak and we had put her on one of the bean bags at home. From that day onwards, she has never allowed us to sit on them,” she laughs. “When we sit on a bean bag, she pretends to be hungry. The moment we get up to attend to her, she jumps up to sit on it.”

She observes that her pampered pooch is adept at reading people's moods and figuring out what demands she can make. “At first, my father was a bit hesitant about adopting a mongrel. But when he came and saw her, he fell in love with her. Adoption is the greatest thing you can ever do.”

The next event from Chennai Adoption Drive is on Sunday, May13 at 6, First Avenue, Boat Club Road, Near Hotel Park Sheraton, Kotturpuram between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Vaccinated puppies, rescued kittens and a few adult dogs are available for adoption free of cost following an interview and checking of address/ID proof. Call 8939311148 for details.

TAKE ME HOME These gorgeous rescued kittens are siblings and would prefer to be adopted in pairs by someone who has experience with pets. Call 9840642305

TAKE ME HOME This rescued mongrel puppy and his siblings are ready for adoption. Call 8939568886

TAKE ME HOME This handsome mongrel pup and his siblings are rescued and ready for adoption. Call 98409 87824

TAKE ME HOME This two-month-old pup was rescued when her mother was killed in an accident. She's friendly, vaccinated and loves people and other pets. To adopt her or her friends, call 98400 79972 or 7299095107