Tata stray dogs – a kennel for homeless dogs at Tata HQ

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A special dog kennel for the many friendly Tata stray dogs is now part of the 94-year-old office building ~Save Our Strays

With a presence in over 100 countries across six continents, the salt to steel conglomerate Tata Group lives by ethics that are rare to find in the business world. The visitors to their headquarters Bombay House are often in for a surprise when they see Tata stray dogs roaming freely and cared for.

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The legend of stray dogs at Bombay House

The stray dogs that live in and around Bombay House, Tata Son’s global HQ, have been welcomed into the building since early days. As the story goes, the dog-loving entrepreneur JRD Tata, on seeing the stray dogs around the building welcomed them in. Since then, in true Tata tradition, the dogs have not been turned away as they find refuge from rain and sun in the building. With Ratan Tata being a dog lover, the JRD wish lives on…

See also: Bangalore shelter gets a makeover 

All the dogs at Bombay House have been given names by the security guards and are fed daily. They get regular vaccines and have access to vet care whenever needed. The neighbourhood stray dogs are even given a bath and cleaned by an external agency once a week.

Goa is one of the strays who call the building home and is an occupant of the kennel at the Tata Sons HO. He earned his name as he journeyed from Goa to Bombay as a puppy in the car of a senior Tata executive and refused to get off.

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Ratan Tata with ‘Goa’, one of the stray dogs in Tata House. Goa waits for Mr Tata to arrive each morning in Bombay House and ride up the elevator with him.

The stray dogs were cared for even during the renovation efforts

About a year ago when the senior brass of Tata Leadership moved to a temporary office as renovations were underway at Bombay house. The four-legged residents of the building were also taken along with.

The 94-year-old heritage building has now been revamped but the dogs are still welcomed. The official press release read: “In a first for Bombay House, a kennel has been created for the canine friends who have been an integral part of the building for decades.”

We have Google explicitly mentioning that they are a dog company and also Brewdog, the beer company which celebrates dogs.

Hope other corporate houses also take up such initiative!

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4 Comments

  1. Iam very much grateful to Ratan Tataji for making a shelter and care for stray dogs. I was having a thought of serving the stray dogs only in my thoughts. But practically iam not financially good to do that. I do service to the stray dogs with wounds by giving medicine and love. Once they are recovered, iam forced to send them.
    I request Ratanji to make such shelters in chennai also. Pls provide shelter and food for the stray dogs.It is great about him to start like this. My namaskars and thanks to you ji.

  2. Make a place where school children and stressed work force visit shelters. Look after shelter. Make it a part of CSR. Make this a model and export to other cities. And don’t forget the cats either.

  3. I am a retired Naval officer and a dog lover based in Pune and feel very distressed seeing street dogs not being cared for. In my little way I do feed the dogs around my house and have treated a few with skin deceases and have also got a few vaccinated with my resources. Would really like the big corporate houses with a heart like the Tata’s and the Mahindra’s to take this on seriously as part of their CSR activity. There are many to care of the humans but there are hardly a few to take care of the animals of a lesser God, who are treated mercilessly by the humans.

    I request the house of Tata’s to start a mobile clinic and open a shelter for these helpless lovable souls. I am willing to volunteer and work for it.

  4. Would request You Sir to help us help all these four legged beings by opening Sanctuaries in every Town so that they can live comfortably n with respect. All Societies are not even allowing them to sit outside gates so giving them food n water is out of question. Would request You to please start projects all over so that all those who care can give their best to them. Conditions of dogs n Cows are deteorating day by day especially in times of Pandemic ….I have 9 street kids in my home n 3 in boarding . Feeding around 20 around my area …..We are on pension as my husband is Retd Naval Personnel staying in Gurgaon.

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