An online community in Ahmedabad is making it possible for the city’s homeless beagles to find loving homes.
The group, which calls itself Dog Lovers in Ahmedabad, has already found homes for seven ‘freagles’.
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Freagles, as you might have already guessed, is a sobriquet for free beagles. The adoption process is intended for 11 beagles in total, which were released from a laboratory in January. The beagles were intended for euthanasia when the dog lovers team took it upon itself to give the animals a new lease of life.
On release from the laboratory, the community housed the animals at a shelter in Sanand while an online campaign began to find potential homes.
Richa Singh Choudhuri, who is part of the group, spoke to the Times of India about their meticulous screening process, which starts with an online form with 90 questions. Those interested in adoption are screened thoroughly and have to undergo counselling too.
“It is not easy to adopt a laboratory-rescued dog as it is incapable of doing a lot of things a normal dog will easily do,” said Richa. “Moreover, these dogs will initially be scared by common household sounds such as that of a pressure cooker whistle and even a doorbell. It takes a lot of patience to train these dogs.”
Once the adoption process is complete, a contractual agreement ensures that dogs are cared for and given regular medical attention too. These freagles cannot be adopted by anyone else without permission from the team. Richa told TOI that these measures are taken keeping these special animals in mind.
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Despite the challenges of raising these dogs, a number of citizens have stepped up to adopt these dogs. While some of the adopters are veteran pet owners, others have taken up the challenge to give these adorable dogs an opportunity to feel at home.
Know more about Dog Lovers of Ahmedabad here.