Help The Voiceless: Get A Pup Or Kitten Home From These NGOs

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    There’s always a puppy looking for a home, a recently abandoned kitten who needs more love and a cat who has just recovered and has no place to go. If you are looking to take home a furry friend, then please adopt, don’t shop. This list will help you with your life-changing journey of becoming a pet-parent. Read on! 

    Disclaimer: As an ardent and passionate lover of animals, I'd request any potential adopter to first be very clear with research before adopting an animal. Please bring the animal home ONLY when you know that you can take complete responsibility. 

    Animals Matter To Me

    Animal Matters To Me

    Malad West, Mumbai

    Animals Matter To Me is a Navi Mumbai (and Bangalore) -based animal welfare and adoption center. They rescue dogs, treat them, hold programs to make people more aware of animal compassion and hold adoption drives as well. This animal shelter is extremely hard-working and is on the lookout for donations as well.

    P.S: If you have the time and resources to take care of a rescue animal or foster it, please do reach out to them on their Facebook page (they're very active there) or simply call them! 

    Cat Cafe Studio

    Cat Cafe Studio

    Andheri West, Mumbai

    Low-lying seating tables with a café and cats lazily strewn across the floor or lost in a heavy sleep in between shelves of clothes. That’s the amazing Cat Café in Andheri for you, owned by cat-lovers, Mridu, Charu and Jason. They rescue cats, take care of them and you can adopt a cat from their café. They also often host cat donation camps too.

    P.S: The café is temporarily shut, but their adoption processes aren't. 

    The Welfare Of Stray Dogs

    WSD is an organisation that aims to take care of dogs on the street, by treating them, healing them and then finding homes for them. One of their other major functions is to eradicate rabies. They also organize adoption drives, and their kennels have dogs up for adoption too. Keep a tab on their Facebook page, where they post regularly enticing you to bring home a little piece of your heart.

    World For All Animal Care & Adoption

    Founded in 2006, World For All is a non-profit organization that solely exists to give animals a better place in the world. From adoption camps, constant rescuing and treatment of animals and looking for foster homes, these guys often host different events so as to raise funds for the animals. You may have even come across their adoption camp setups at the pet-friendly Doolally. 

    Youth Organisation In Defense Of Animals

    YODA Shelter

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    YODA is a group started by 5 animal lovers who wanted to push away the puppy mills and ‘pure breeding’ concepts seen very commonly in the country. They hope that people soon just know the policy of ‘adopt, don’t shop’ when it comes to getting an animal home. Now, it is a full-fledged Facebook group joined by thousands of other like-minded animal lovers. The group treats, rescues and rehomes the animals, conducting thorough background checks before adoption and also follows up after the adoption process.

    P.S: If you join the Facebook group, you will be in the know of lots of other community members posting about adoption and foster updates. 

    Save Our Strays

    Save Our Strays

    Andheri West, Mumbai

    Save Our Strays is an animal welfare organisation that works in four different areas: sterilization, vaccination, animal healthcare, and adoptions. They regularly organise adoption drives so our four-legged friends can find a happy home. They've rescued over 2000 animals and work towards finding them a family.

    P.S: If you're looking to contribute in some way, they also invite sponsors and donations. 

    Save The Paws

    Save The Paws is an animal welfare organisation that works towards rescuing animals from the streets and pets abandoned by their original families. They also work towards finding these rescued animals a home with a loving family. They run adoption drives in the city, where you can stop by and meet the animals before you decide to adopt.

    Pro-Tip

    If you're not able to get in touch with any NGO or group, then call up Aditi Parameshwaran - an independent animal rescuer, who currently has more than 40 animals under her care. She runs an Instagram page called Animal Adoptions Mumbai, through which she shares adoption leads, and rescue success stories. Call her up on 8652114494. 

    If you do decide to bring a pet home and are looking to buy supplies before you welcome them home, check out this list for online pet stores.