Dog Adoption in Hyderabad – Shelters and NGOs you can contact

So you are ready for dog adoption in Hyderabad? Where to begin, next?

Hyderabad may have multiple times ranked as the best city to live in India but when it comes to animal shelters and pet adoptions, there’s some ground left to cover to match Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai.

There are however few noteworthy animal shelters, NGOs and individuals you may contact if you are looking for dog adoption in Hyderabad or for animal welfare.

Dog Adoption in Hyderabad

A. PFA Hyderabad – You can contact them for adopting a dog in Hyderabad. With 800+ rescues in 2019 alone, they are perhaps the most renowned animal shelter in Hyderabad. Their emergency rescue home cares for abandoned, sick, and injured animals on their road to recovery.

PFA is equipped with a well trained medical team – veterinarians and para vets to help with surgeries and operations if needed. Some of their services include:

  • Facilitating adoption/fostering of orphaned and abandoned animals
  • Rescue, rehabilitation and veterinary care of sick, injured and abused domestic animals
  • Upholding and implementing the various laws related to animal welfare and rights

Emergency Rescue Home: To report a sick or injured animal or animal cruelty complaint – contact 7337450643.

PFA Hyderabad

Address: 14-7-95, Opp. Goodwill School, Near Muslim Jung Pul, Begum Bazar, Hyderabad, 500012.

Please include details – location, photo/video (if available), and your contact details.

B. Blue Cross of Hyderabad runs adoption drive for pups and kittens on the last Sunday of every month. They also hold regular drives for Animal Birth Control (ABC) and Anti-Rabies Vaccination program. You can also contact them for the training if you are a veterinarian, pet owner, volunteer, or student interested in animal welfare.

dog adoption in Hyderabad

Blue Cross also runs a community-sponsored clinic that provides basic checkups, vaccinations, and emergency care treatment for sick and injured animals.

Timing – 10.00am to 12.00pm, Tuesday to Sunday.

403/9, Road 35, Aditya Enclave, Venkatagiri, Jubilee Hills,
Hyderabad, Telangana, 500033
Email: Phone: +91 88866 76070
Note: They don’t have an ambulance rescue facility.

C. Animals Warriors Conservation Society, Hyderabad focuses upon on the twin goals of animal protection and wildlife conservation. They have 18 well-trained rescuers specialized in tactical rescue missions for animals (in collaboration with Forest Department, Fire Department, and Zoo officials).

Hyderabad animal welfare

They also run awareness programs for urban wildlife and environmental protection.

Contact: 096978 87888 or Facebook.

D. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) shelters There are 17 Centers and Government Veterinary Hospitals in Hyderabad. They also need assistance and volunteers as not everyone in a govt. job is necessarily an animal lover.

Address: 8/8, Rajiv Swagruha TWP, Mettakanigudem, Hyderabad +91 9000901937

GHMC ABC Centres:

Animal hospital Hyderabad

Tip: If you bring an injured animal/case to them, please do follow up. You may always cite that you are from a media group or are a journalist, it helps the case a great deal.

E. Deven’s Hope is an animal rescue and rehab home. Deven, the founder, runs ‘The Pet Cafe’ cum shelter where people can enjoy a cuppa while play with rescue pets or better still, adopt them.

H.No. 8-2-684/1/9/1 Street Number 4 Banjara Enclave Society Lane,
Rd Number 12, next to Suvasa, Banjara Hills,
Hyderabad – 500034
Phone: 077993 22847

F. Compassionate Society for Animals works for animal rights awareness and adoptions in Medchal locality.

Contact:, 7995923503 or Facebook

There are also rescue groups on Facebook that you may explore to be updated on the adoptions. Sign up for our adoption updates.

Not ready to adopt, just yet? Please consider volunteering at a nearby shelter to help with the rescue, care, and adoptions.

This isn’t an exhaustive list – if you know of any helpline numbers, individuals or organizations doing some phenomenal work for the stray cats or dogs in Hyderabad, please suggest in the comments below.

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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: 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:

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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7 reasons why the Indian pariah dog is best for Indian home?

indian pariah dog breed best for India
Indian pariah dog

So you are ready to welcome the bundle of happiness that’s a dog!

Now comes the tricky part —  are you ready for a dog? And which is the best dog for Indian home?

Before we tread any further it is worth reiterating, what we so often say here: Please choose to adopt a dog against buying one. When you choose to adopt, and not shop, you help rescue a less fortunate pup to a way better life.

What’s more rewarding than that?

Indian pariah dog – best dog for Indian home

The absolute best dog for Indian home is an Indian pariah dog. Also referred to as desi, mixed breed, mutt or an indie dog, almost interchangeably. ‘Pariah’ means an outcast. A more misfitting travesty couldn’t have been there — unlike all other exotic breeds, these dogs are native to the Indian subcontinent.

1. Indian street dogs (Indian pariah dogs) are extremely alert & social.

Highly intelligent, and amicable, they’re one of the most versatile and adaptable dog breeds found in India. Desi dogs are loyal, loving, and street-smart.

Indian Pariah dogs make for loving family pets and are great with kids and adults. They are high on energy and complement kids with an active lifestyle.

adopt an indie dog
Sonal chose to look beyond the breeds and adopted an indie for her daughter.

2. Desi dogs have incredible Immunity

The immunity level of indie dogs is far better than foreign breeds, they’ve perhaps the best gene pool for Indian conditions. Having evolved through the generations to suit themselves to sub-continent conditions, Indian pariah dogs are least susceptible to the diseases that the pedigree often fall prey to.

3. Indian pariah dogs have minimal grooming needs

Indie dogs are low-maintenance when it comes to grooming and vet visits. Most of them have a short coat which helps withstand India’s tropical climate. Although they do shed through the seasons, the absence of undercoat ensures there’s no hair all over the household.

Since they have a short coat, regular brushing is good enough to keep them groomed thus not taking much of your time or effort. Indian pariah dogs have significantly fewer oil glands on the coat, which helps prevent odour. 

Indian dogs or pedigree dogs?

Purebred or pedigree dogs are either bred for a specific purpose – Newfoundlands as water rescue dogs or are native to a specific location – Tibetan mastiff who thrives in the Himalayas but not so in the humidity of Mumbai or summers of Delhi.

Why adopt an Indian pariah dog/desi dog?

4. Indian Pariah dog is the all-rounder for the Indian conditions – temperature to temperament to training. You’d be surprised how smart they are with real-life scenarios, a skill that comes to them by surviving on the mean streets.

The Indian Pariah dogs are a versatile breed – skilled, sturdy, and well adapted to India’s tropical climate, these dogs make for excellent companions.

adopt indian pariah dog stray dog India

There is no good or bad breed; unfortunately the same can’t be said of the pet parent. If you are looking for a companion in the truest sense, please consider a pariah dog. They may not have an exotic name to call for their breed but then you are getting a best friend, not a handbag.

5. Indian pariah dogs are extremely adaptable

Adjusted to rural or city life, Indian pariah dogs can adapt to farmhouse or apartment living with equal ease.

6. Indian pariah dogs make for great companions for senior citizens

Senior citizens need dogs who are moderately active and not temperamental. Indian pariah dogs with their friendly demeanour and independent lifestyle make for excellent companions.

7. Stray dogs are easily trainable.

Uttarakhand Police adopted a stray dog and trained him alongside other foreign breeds – the Indian pariah dog proved out to be the top-performing member of the dog squad!

Proving once again that all that the stray dogs need, is a chance.

Uttarakhand police stray dog
Image courtesy: Uttarakhand Police

Earlier, a stray dog named Asha (meaning ‘Hope’) was rescued from the stone-pelting children by West Bengal police. She was bleeding when she was taken inside the campus. 18-months later, she has emerged as the top dog in an elite bomb- and drug-sniffing squad.

She proved out to be a match to the police German Shepherds and Labradors, sniffing out drugs and explosives like TNT. 

West bengal police stray dog
West Bengal police dog ‘Asha’
Before you adopt…

Adopting a dog is a full-time responsibility. You’d have often heard people drawing parallels like having a dog is like having a child and yet so many new pet parents don’t realize how much work a dog is until they get their first dog.

Unfortunately, what goes wrong, so often is the fact that most people who get a dog don’t really anticipate the dog’s needs. They get a breed that is completely inappropriate for their lifestyle, accommodation or climate. Hence you’d see someone watching Beethoven and opting for a Saint Bernard in a Delhi apartment.

Roll over a few months and you wouldn’t be surprised to see these exotic breeds left tethered to a chain at the gates of the house, their exercise routine soon becomes a pain-point – delegated to kids (who may get bored after some time), then relegated to maids and in worst cases abandoned at shelter homes.

Pictured it? Probably you’d have come across such cases too which aren’t just abjectly inconsiderate but downright cruel.

See: Dog adoption Guide

We hope you’ll choose to adopt and be a hero to the homeless. Please ensure that whichever dog you get, you take care of them and don’t leave her ever, neither in the face of Armageddon nor coronavirus.

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