Dog adoption in Chennai: Animal shelters you can adopt from

Are you looking for dog adoption in Chennai? To add that furball of unwavering loyalty and happiness to your daily life? Perhaps it is time that you add a four-legged best friend to your family.

We request you to consider adoption, over buying your best friend. Adopting a dog is akin to an extension of the family. If you think you are ready for one, choose to adopt! Also consider bringing home, an Indian pariah, the breed most suited for vagaries of the Indian climate.

Here are some trustworthy dog adoption centres and NGOs doing amazing work for the animals of Chennai. You can contact them or visit to adopt a dog.

Dog adoption in Chennai

Adopting a dog is a commitment that calls for responsible parenting. If for some reason, you can’t adopt one at this stage of your life – please consider fostering. You can also help these shelters as a volunteer.

dog adoption in Chennai - Besant Memorial

1. Besant Memorial Animal Dispensary

Under the wing of the Theosophical Society, the Besant Memorial Animal Dispensary (BMAD) has been around for almost three decades years.

Helping the abandoned and injured animals, they also run vaccination/adoption drives.

Besant Memorial Animal Dispensary Address: Sai Ram Colony, Besant Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600090 Phone: 044 2491 2474

2. Blue Cross of India

Founded by Captain Sundaram, a pilot with Indian Airlines, Blue Cross comes with a legacy of admirable work done for the animals. Aside from running shelters, Animal Birth Control (ABC), and ambulance service; they also help with rescue and rehabilitation of the animals in distress, to their natural habitat.

Blue Cross of India Registered Office: 1 Eldams Road, Chennai 600 018. Phone: 91 – 44 – 46274999 / 71819575 Email: bluecrossofindia@gmail.com If the lines are busy, please send a WhatsApp message to their emergency helpline +91 9962998886.

Blue Cross of India, Guindy – Hospital, shelters, ambulance services, and ABC center. Address: 72 Velachery Road, Guindy, Chennai 600 032

Blue Cross also has a ‘Click to Rescue’ initiative to make contacting them easier. This helpline is only to report / request rescue for unwell and injured animals. Kindly include your name, contact number, photo of the animal and its current location. 

3. Scan Foundation

Scan Foundation runs an animal shelter cum adoption center, feeds homeless animals, and helps with vaccination and spaying. They also have a provision for virtual adoption where you can sponsor an animal in their shelter.

Scan Foundation Address: 28, 2nd Street, Bharatheswarar Colony,
Choolaimedu, Chennai.
Phone: +91 9487487000

Sign up for adoption updates. Also see – Animal helpline in MumbaiDelhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Pune.

4. Animal Welfare And Protection Trust (AWPT)

AWPT was established in 1999, when an elderly couple – Mrs. Padmavathy and her husband Mr. Narasimhamoorthy, were left aghast by the horrific killing of homeless dogs by Chennai’s corporation.

AWPT dog adoption Chennai

They founded AWPT to control the street dog population via humane means like ABC and also took care of the abandoned pets. With an ambulance, a hospital, and a team of three doctors who treat sick and injured animals, they also run a dog adoption program in Chennai.

Animal Welfare And Protection Trust Address: 3/140, Dr. Kalaignar Karunanidhi Street,
Santhosapuram, Medavakkam, Chennai
Phone: +91 9840939281,  +91 9003197956, +91 9445306436 Email: awptrust@yahoo.com

5. People For Animals (PFA)

Aside from Animal Birth Control (ABC), the Chennai chapter of PFA also has a vet clinic – Jinendra Hospital and Shelters for Animals, to treat animals who’ve suffered from human abuse or thrown out of homes.

People For Animals (PFA) – Chennai
Address: Athivakkam, Grant Lyon, Red Hills, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600052
Phone: 098404 05326 Ms. Chanda Walke: 9840405326 and Dr. Shiranee Pereira: 044-26321819, 9790853102

6. Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (SPCA)
Address: New No. 67, Old, No. 34, Vepery High Rd,
Chennai 600007
Phone: 044 2561 2160

7. Yahshua Animal Trust

Started in 2014 by Dr Vanajarani, a veterinarian, Yahshua Animal Trust drives adoptions and also has an animal shelter for rescued cats, dogs, cows and other animals.

Chennai dog adoption Yahsu animal trust

Yahshua Animal Trust  Landmark: Near Sairam Engineering College 
7/11, Darkast road, Ettiyapuram Chennai-44 Phone: +91 9884404239

We hope you’ll opt to adopt. When you choose to rescue and adopt, it is the beginning of a beautiful relationship where loyalty and love come ingrained.

Know of any other Chennai based organization or individuals doing great work for the stray cause and emergencies? Please suggest in the comments below.

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