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Pets washed away in flooding find homes

Rescued puppies at the SPCA shelter in Velachery—Photo: R. Ravindran  

As a team from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty for Animals (SPCA) was walking around Iyyappanthangal during the recent flooding, they noticed a Labrador perched on a rock, amid the surging water. Wading through the water, they rescued the two-year-old and brought him to their shelter.

Across the city, people are finding pets that are lost on the roads. In many cases, they were washed away, or ran out when the water started rising. Many are being rescued by the SPCA and the animal rescue volunteers across the city.

R. Sokkalingam, SPCA veterinary doctor said they are housing two Labradors. One is two-years-old and the other around six months. They also have one Rottweiler; one Spitz around four years old; and one pug cross-breed, who is around a year old.

Apart from the SPCA, Samuvel Raj, a dog breeder, has rescued one Doberman puppy, one Rajapalayam puppy, a five-year-old brown Labrador, a black Labrador and a fawn from areas like Thoraipakkam, Balaji Nagar, Madipakkam and Anna Nagar.

The dog breeder network is also attempting to help locate pets. “If the owners of missing pets tell me where they were and how the pets got lost, I will work with a group of breeders and veterinarians to try and locate them,” he said.

Many others have begun adopting pets.

Rohit from Adyar found a sad, lost, skinny brown-and-black puppy scavenging through garbage near his house during the rain.

“I took him in, and had him inoculated. Some of my friends, too, have adopted wandering puppies,” he said.

The animal rescue team, which was providing shelter to rescued dogs and cats at Sankaraa Hall on TTK Road, said that in the past few days, they have given around 50 puppies away for adoption.

“Many came forward to adopt puppies. While a couple of them were returned, even they have been adopted again,” Janani Krishnamoorthy, who runs the shelter, said.

In case you have lost a pet, or would like to give a home to one, contact the SPCA at 044 2561 1628, Shyam at 86808 39912, the animal rescue team at 98330 71857 or the Blue Cross at 044-22354959.


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