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Updated: September 1, 2013 08:42 IST

With this Chennai dog lover, every dog has its day

Apoorva Sripathi
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Anuradha Chawla, a dog lover, rescues community dogs
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Anuradha Chawla, a dog lover, rescues community dogs

For Anuradha Chawla, a 36-year-old homemaker, rescuing and caring for dogs came about quite naturally. “I always had dogs at home but I didn’t know anything about community dogs,” she says.

She vividly recalls her first rescue. “It was in 2002 and I was going for a walk at night when I heard a dog cry out. I found her and tried getting her into a home, but ended up adopting her. She, Sandy, was my first Indian dog,” Anuradha says. Later, Anuradha founded the Chennai Adoption Drive, along with Jennifer Jacob.

Anuradha was in the US for a few years but when she came back around five years ago, she took her job of rescuing dogs very seriously. “If I see an abandoned pup or dog on the road, I either drop them at organisations such as the Blue Cross or I make a call, asking for the dogs to be picked up,” Anuradha explains.

There is a system she follows with the rescues. “I take photographs of the dog and put it up at vet clinics – this helps people whose pets have gone missing. Also, with dogs who get adopted, I always check out the families and homes of people taking them in,” Anuradha says.

Besides taking care of four dogs at home — Sandy, Ginger, Bruno and Sparky — Anuradha for four years now, has been feeding 40 dogs every night in and around Thoraipakkam. “What started as a one-day event has now become a routine!” she says.

Although Anuradha has rescued quite a number of dogs, she does face several challenges. “One major challenge is the fact that people hesitate to adopt black puppies and female dogs. They seem to prefer male dogs. And finding foster homes is really difficult. How else do you think I ended up with four dogs?” she laughs.

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I never knew or even heard of a street dog killing many kids and injuring others... I'm for human rights and animal rights...Most if not all street dogs are innocent and hopelessly friendly and are very much afraid of humans who don't care much about them and tend to hit them or throw stones at them... You are such an angel and are doing a wonderful thing food to 40 lives everyday is a great deed, I would also commend someone who gave food to 40 homeless people is life that needs help nevertheless...I hate it when people who don't do anything for neither humans or animals point fingers at people who feed animals... Keep it up Anu! :)

from:  Vignesh
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 16:06 IST

If they are real dog lovers, why we have street dogs!!! which is killing
many kids and injuring many others.

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 21:00 IST

You're a real darling. May the world be blessed with more of your kind.

from:  Rajeev Iyer
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 14:02 IST
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