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Noida residents can adopt cows, bulls at shelter

The shelter is home to injured dogs, cows and other animals.

The Noida authority on Monday said it will start an adoption drive which will allow residents or farmers to adopt stray animals, including cows, bulls and dogs, which are being treated at Noida’s animal shelter located in Sector 94.

The authority’s move is aimed to provide better upkeep to the animals and save money spent on running operations of the animal centre. The animal shelter houses around 700 stray dogs and 300 bovines.

“We have many healthy animals at our shelter. Healthy animals include dogs, cows and bulls. We will identify and list all healthy animals and start adoption drive very soon. That way animals will get better food and care at the respective places, where they will be adopted,” said Raghunandan Yadav senior project engineer of the health department at the Noida authority.

In June, the authority terminated the contract with society for prevention of cruelty against animals (SPCA) that was running this shelter. The contract ended as the authority realized other NGOs are ready to provide sterilization and anti-rabies facility at cheaper rates.

On Monday the authority also signed an agreement with Jaipur based Dr Sunil Chawla, who is likely to start anti-rabies and sterilization campaign.

“Dr Sunil Chawla will charge ₹760 for a dog for anti-rabies injection and sterilization. Earlier we had to pay ₹1,390 per dog for anti-rabies injection and sterilisation. We want to make Noida stray dogs free from rabies in the next few months,” said Yadav.

The shelter is home to injured dogs, cows and other animals.

“If we receive a complaint about an injured animal from any area, we bring the same into this shelter and give them treatment. Apart from this, we also provide shelter to cows and bulls, which are caught by the police or forest department. We have eight bulls, which were rescued by police from butchers transporting them illegally from one place to the other. All eight bulls are healthy and farmers can use them for agricultural purposes so we thought of the adoption drive,” said Yadav.

Apart from bulls, the authority also plans to offer cows, dogs and other animals for adoption.

“We will not offer unwell animals for adoption. Only those animals, which are healthy will be available for adoption. We will ensure that those who want to take an animal for adoption will take good care of it. Gaushalas (cow shelters) can also adopt cows or bulls from our shelter,” said Yadav.

- Original article by- Hindustan Times Link- http://bit.ly/2xEo7Lb