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HART gives heart to abandoned dogs

Covai Post Network


There are homes for children abandoned by parents, elders abandoned by children, but what happens to pets abandoned by their owners ?

It is common for strays to survive on the streets, but for dogs kept at home under the protection of their masters, it is next to impossible to survive on the streets. It is for this reason that Help Animal and Rescue Trust (HART) was formed in 2005.

His love for dogs prompted Deepak Nair to give up his business and dedicate his time and effort towards taking care of these dogs. Nair who resides in Marudamalai, was saddened to watch residents abandon their dogs in his area as it was sparsely inhabited.

“People purchase pet dogs out of enthusiasm and when the pets grow, their demands also grow. A majority of them find it difficult to maintain and take care of them. So owners abandon their pet dogs,” Nair says.

Deepak joined hands with five of his friends and founded a Trust to work for the rescue of such dogs. HART has rescued more than 100 dogs in this many years.

Dogs that are abandoned by their owners are given temporary shelter. Taking advantage of social media, the group puts up information about the dog. Through their Facebook page the members invite people who are interested in adopting the dog to visit them in person and take the dog home. “We have joined hands with Human Animal Society (HAS) and the dogs are sterilized before they are handed over to their new owners,” Nair says.

All kinds of dogs are sheltered and adopted. From the mongrel to the Rajapalayam and German Sheppard, Deepak has rescued them or found them a new owner or a new home.

Nair also runs a care centre for dogs. Dog owners can leave their dog here when they are not at home for a long duration.

Nair also undertakes training sessions for dogs. He, along with professional trainers, trains dogs on basic, show and security aspects. For details, contact Deepak Nair on 98943-98777.

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