The whole idea was to make people adopt these puppies after the sessions. “Indie dogs are as loving as other breed dogs. But they hardly find homes. All puppies are the same, and by conducting this, people will get an idea of how they’re like and probably take them home,” she says.
All the puppies are cleaned up and quarantined for a week or two before their sessions. A BCI volunteer, too, will be present at the session to conduct the adoption process. “They have a form to be filled up and one needs proper ID proof to adopt a puppy. Of course, the procedure is simple and easy to follow.”
Having started the first session right before COVID-19, Subhashree says that they’ve come a long way, beating the pandemic blues. “We call different yoga trainers for these sessions at different venues. We call them pawgies. We try doing it twice a month and have a limited number of attendees owing to the pandemic. If there are 15 participants, there will be 15 puppies for the session that goes on for about an hour and a half,” she informs.
While the response to these sessions has been positive, people are still warming up to the idea of adopting indie pups, says Subhashree. “In one session, we have only one or two puppies getting adopted. Most of them love the environment with dogs being around, but very few actually adopt. But we can’t push them to adopt as well. If they eventually can’t take care of them, we don’t want them to be abandoned. Even those who adopt have a proper talk with the BCI volunteer before taking the final step,” she says.
While it can be disheartening to see some of the puppies not finding a permanent home, the session proves to be therapeutic for puppies. She says, “As much as people enjoy the yoga session, puppies, too, get a break and feel energised when they come here. They are always in the shelter, and they, too, go through various feelings being cooped up inside all the time. They take 30 minutes or so to warm up to the idea and play at their own pace. A few puppies sleep on the participants’ laps. In that sense, it is therapy for both the puppies and humans.” Food, too, is given to the puppies throughout the day.
And now, this initiative seems to have found takers in other cities as well. “We are getting calls from Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai. We are trying to tie up with proper dog shelters in various places to conduct these sessions. We will be doing a session in Bengaluru soon,” she signs off.
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