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.

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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?

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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.

Indian street dog
“Hankie, my dog, is a native Indian dog. I found him on the streets as a puppy. When she was a puppy I thought she was a guy so named her Hank Bukowski. (That changed to Hankie) Never like the people who buy specific breeds of dogs just because they think it looks good without thinking if the dog is suitable for living where they are. A lot of people don’t even take care of those dogs once they realize you have to put in the effort every day.” ~Suranjan Das

Indian pariah dogs are one of the oldest dog breeds in existence today. 

Archaeological findings indicate that this dog was in existence some 4500 years ago. Excavations in the Mohenjo-Daro site found the Sindh region of Pakistan (Indus Valley civilisation) revealed an Indian Pariah dog skull dating to 2500 BCE. Also, there are various cave paintings across Indian subcontinent that hints at pariah dogs to be one of the oldest dog breeds in the world.

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.

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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

Also see: Native Indian dog breeds

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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Can dogs get coronavirus?

can dogs get coronavirus

With the images of dogs wearing face masks popping in our social streams, and countless WhatsApp threads giving wind to miracle cures of every kind – many pet owners were left wondering – can dogs get coronavirus?

In early March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 novel coronavirus as a global pandemic. The ensuing panic over the spread of the virus saw people and policymakers resort to all sorts of measures —  sealing borders, hoarding toilet paper, flocking to the internet (and rumor mills mulling probable solutions), etc.

Many people in worst-hit towns of China abandoned their pets or were forced to do so as Covid-19 cases grew in numbers. Left to their own sans food to last for an extended run, many fear that they would be starving.

To make matters worse, counties in Hunan are terminating pets found in public places. Thankfully, there are volunteer networks and NGOs working to rescue the pets to safety.

Can dogs get coronavirus?

Media outlets and people have used “coronavirus” and “COVID-19″ interchangeably but it isn’t one and the same. Coronavirus isn’t something new but refers to a group of viruses that are known to cause respiratory issues ― like the common cold ― to more serious symptoms that can lead to hospitalization, like lung problems.

COVID-19 is a ‘novel coronavirus’ meaning it’s a new type of coronavirus that was not previously known or understood by health experts.

WHO can i get coronavirus from my dog
As per the WHO, your pets can’t transmit coronavirus. Dogs can contract certain types of coronaviruses, such as the canine respiratory coronavirus, but this specific novel coronavirus, aka COVID-19, is believed to not be a threat to dogs.

The World Health Organization has stated, “While there has been one instance of a dog being infected in Hong Kong, to date, there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly.”

The 17-year-old Pomeranian in Hong Kong had since tested negative after quarantine and the authorities believe the dog contracted “low-level infection” COVID-19 from its owner, but there is “no evidence” pets transmit the virus to humans.

How to Protect yourself against COVID-19

Follow basic hygienic precautions like:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water or a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. Keep social distancing.
  4. Stay home when you are sick or have a fever.
  5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Yes, that work table too.

Working from home? Here are some tips to groom your dog at home

Covid-19 pet care tips

There is no reason to change daily routines with pets while people remain healthy and symptom-free. Dogs are our friends through thick and thin, and we’ll see through the crisis together.

  • Look out for the exercise regimen of your dogs – if you are in a relatively safer area, take your dog out, practise social distancing during your walks. In case, you are in a high alert area, please try indoor activities to channel your pet’s energy.
  • Please keep your pets under your watch during the walks to enable social distancing when in public.
  • Try avoiding all non-critical vet trips. For all non-urgent health issues, please see if calls or online consultation may help.
  • Prepare for the worst – If in the god-forbidden scenario you get hold of the dreaded disease, what happens to your pet? Scary, right? Please make the necessary preparations – back up options – caretakers, extended family, food and exercise needs of your pet.
covid-19 pet care tips

Should my dog wear a mask?

Experts believe that dogs do not need a face mask to protect themselves against the novel coronavirus COVID-19. If you are still concerned or notice a change in your dog’s health, speak to a veterinarian.

How dogs are helping to detect COVID-19?

Researchers at the National Veterinary School of Alfort, outside Paris, trained eight Belgian Malinois shepherd dogs to identify people infected with the coronavirus. They used odour samples taken from the armpits of more than 360 people, who were both positive and negative for the virus.

The dogs had a 95% success rate in early trials.

The researchers said introducing dog detection was a cheap, quick and reliable “tool”.

Here are some movies, documentaries, and books that you can enjoy with your dog while you work from home.

So stay safe, wash your hands, and pet your dog. And don’t fall prey to rumors. Did I say Never and I mean EVER abandon your dog, cat or other pets because of coronavirus fear or for any other reason for that matter.

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