We caught you saying “Aww, pawfect and pawsome!” As our bond with pets grows richer and our memories are cherished, these words become part of our vocabulary.

Hey, animal lovers, did you know there’s a day dedicated to our cute kittens, puppies and other adorable ones?

Pet Day is celebrated on April 11 in many countries around the world, with the aim of protecting and caring for animals. According to reports, the day was started by animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige, in 2006. It was then that the day was founded to celebrate the bond we share with our pets, as well as to encourage adoptions.

On Pet Day 2022, Swarna Srikanth on behalf of the Free Press Journal strikes up a conversation with Sonia Amlani, Head of Adoptions, Bombay Animal Rights BAR.

Here are some excerpts from the conference, take a look:

Q. On Pet Day, what is your message to our readers?

I firmly believe that pets have more compassion and loyalty than humans. Having a pet is like having someone in your life who will always love you beyond all conditions and situations. On this special day, we must recognize their importance in our life. A person wishing to obtain an animal home must choose “adoption” and not choose it from commercial sources or breeders. Adopt today, for a kinder world tomorrow.

Become a virtual parent of at least one stray animal. If one cannot adopt a stray animal at home, out of moral duty to animals, one can step forward to feed the dogs in the community. Vaccinations, sterilization and nutrition to stray animals in his area should be undertaken by residents for harmony and coexistence. This can be done with the help of NGOs like Bombay Animal Rights and others.

Q. Roaming your pet: is it the need of the hour?

“Adopt, don’t buy” has always been our motto at BAR. The common breed that should be preferred is the RESCUED ANIMALS. Adopting a shelter animal is helping an animal in need!

These animals come from various situations, from being left on the street following interrupted care, abandoned because they were either sick, or diagnosed with a disability, etc.

Q. How does having a pet at home benefit our health?

Owning a pet has many health benefits. From my personal experience and my duty to animals, I can say that walking or playing regularly with our pets can keep us away from loneliness and depression – because they are one of the best companions in our lives.

Believe me, children who grow up with animals are more compassionate and strengthen their ability to connect with others. Animals are an amazing way to teach your child about empathy, kindness, and self-esteem.

Q. What is your mantra or jugaad for getting a society to accept pets and avoid them being branded a “nuisance”?

According to data available from India International Pet Trade Fair, on average, six lakh pets are adopted every year.

For those who have/are pet owners, they may have experienced discrimination at least once in their life. The problems they have to face and fight are mostly the result of ignorance and phobia from landlords, housing companies or bad etiquettes from pet owners.

Several judgments have called companion dogs an additional member of the family. Not planning it entirely on people who call the species a nuisance, pet owners need to be civic-minded and responsible for their pet’s defecation in public places – which is a common issue raised by members. of the society.

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Posted: Sunday April 10th 2022, 5:43 PM IST