The facility is an attempt to assist domestic pets who live with their owners and are unable to travel with them in emergency situations.
Owning an animal can be a wonderful experience, especially if it is a loyal dog who is always by your side. These pets love us unconditionally and do not ask for much in life other than a safe space with adequate food and amenities. While we always do our best to provide the best for them, certain emergency situations do not allow us to bring our pets with us.
The city of Vadodara in Gujarat has launched an incredible initiative to assist pet dogs and their owners in such emergencies. The facility is an attempt to assist domestic pets who live with their owners and are unable to travel with them in crisis situations or last-minute emergencies. Finding a safe place that can also care for their pets can be difficult for owners in such a situation
Jignesh Brahmakshatriya, a trainer, stated, “The primary goal of establishing a dog hostel was to provide shelter in the case of emergencies. We provide the essential facilities of walking twice a day in our hostel.”
He continued, “Four times a day, the pets are cleaned. In the meantime, puppy training and grooming are given once a week.”
Another great benefit of the dog hostel facility is that it is not only available for fully grown-up dogs, but also for puppies. The trainer went on to say that basic training and puppy grooming are also done at the centre once a week.
This initiative to provide owners with an alternative shelter for their dogs may be very beneficial in addressing a troubling trend of dogs being abandoned by their owners in India, which has increased since the coronavirus pandemic.
During the pandemic, many people have taken steps to help dogs. One such shelter that made headlines a few months ago was Pratima Devi’s dog shelter near Saket in New Delhi. During the city’s second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the elderly woman cared for all dogs who had been abandoned by their owners.