Adopt, Don't Shop: Here Are Places To Bring Home Your New Bestie From

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    Few things in life are more fulfilling than taking care of a furry little friend. And with miscreants on every street corner, you know how badly our poor urban animals are treated. Stress reduction, unlimited love and plenty of cuddles — nothing sounds better! So if you’re looking to add a new member to the family this new year, check out this list of shelters you can turn to, to help you find your new best friend. Team LBB is all about #AdoptDontShop!

    CARE

    Charlie’s Animal Rescue Centre (CARE) started in 2013 as a place where stray and abandoned animals could be housed, given timely medical aid and rehabilitated — this quickly grew to an adoption centre. Charlie, the three-legged in-house therapy-dog, is a testament to their rehabilitation. The three trustees have taken up a half-acre in Jakkur for the purpose of a fully functional animal rescue centre, with another three centres on the way.

    With 9-to-5 ambulance service, medical equipment like OPD and X-ray, holiday boarding facility and adoption, Charlie’s Animal Rescue Centre is a good bet if you are looking to bring home a four-legged friend for life. The campus is regularly sanitised in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and all precautions are undertaken for visitors. 

    Visitor Timings: 11 am - 4 pm; Tuesday to Sunday

    Animals up for adoptions: Puppies, kittens, and dogs 

    Bangalore Cat Squad

    Bangalore Cat Squad was initially a WhatsApp group founded by a small group of dedicated volunteers almost two years ago, that then developed into a full-blown network of fosters. Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, several stray kittens and cats were rescued and treated by their volunteers who happened to be COVID warriors. They regularly neuter the rescued cats and provide the feline members with nutrition.

    Every month they also host a virtual adoption drive through Zoom which includes a virtual tour of the shelter home, virtual introduction to the cats and a guide on how to treat the cats. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page to know all about their adoption drives or contact them through the details provided below.

    Animals up for adoptions: Cats and kittens

    Precious Paws Foundation

    Operating out of a shelter on Kanakapura road, the shelter provides a safe space for abandoned street dogs and a limited number of cats. The animals are lovingly nursed back to health by volunteers and fosters, before finding them forever homes. Rescues are reported and they send in their volunteers to have the stray dogs taken to safety. Give them a call and set up a meeting, visit their shelter home and after acquaintance with the dogs, the process of adoption continues. 

    Animals up for adoptions: Indie and street dogs, and cats

    Let’s Live Together

    Lets Live Together

    rajaji nagar, Bangalore

    The NGO Let’s Live Together is all about humans and animals living together in harmony for a better world. Achala Paani’s brainchild project ‘Life on the Streets’ promotes the concept of adopting strays, rather than shopping for animals, and ultimately challenges “breed discrimination”. They also work to connect independent rescuers with potential adopters to find homes for all their lovely kittens and puppies!

    Animals up for adoptions: Dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies

    CUPA Second Chance

    Compassion Unlimited Plus Animals (CUPA) is exclusively a dog rescue and adoption centre. A staple on the Bangalore adoption scene, CUPA connects with adopters from all around India, and has perhaps one of the most comprehensive care facilities for strays in the city. They also work towards creating understanding and spreading information about the care and attention these animals need.

    Animals up for adoptions: Dogs and puppies 

    Dogspot.in

    Dogspot.in

    Available Online

    DogSpot.in is a national dog portal. The passion for dogs is a common binding force, and thus, the founder decided to set up an open-sourced portal where anyone in the country could put up their pets for ethical adoption, or indeed, scout out for pets to adopt. It is an open platform for information sharing and is not involved in the sale or purchase of puppies and dogs. The users can interact with each other directly for the adoption of pets, making it sufficiently decentralized and convenient for the adopters.

    Animals up for adoptions: Dogs 

    Cat Studio At CARE

    Cat Studio at CARE is the place you need to go whether or not you’re looking to adopt, drop in for some feline affection and get some work done (yeah, right). They have a strict vetting policy and are keen to make sure you and your new fuzzy friend are a perfect match, so you know you’re in the right hands here.

    Animals up for adoptions: Cats and kittens

    Krupa Loving Animals

    Krupa

    Kengeri, Bangalore

    Krupa is an NGO for boarding, rehabilitation and treatment of animals. Running on a shoestring budget, they manage exclusively through donations and sponsors. Krupa’s Mission is to help stray animals in distress, especially dogs in trauma. They’re currently not accepting abandoned pets due to space constraints, so if you are thinking about adopting a pet from here, you can be sure that it will definitely be living a better and happier life with you!

    Animals up for adoption: Dogs

    Pro-Tip

    You adopted baby has needs and so you must definitely check out everything that Shop On LBB has for pets. The convenience of shopping for necessities online will only make you and your partner in crime the happiest -- truly, we've even got ice cream! You could also check out these Top Pet Stores for the same.

    Looking for great gift ideas for pets? We've got a list for that too. Head here.

    With inputs from Jas Bardia and Akshaya Maller.