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.
Tata stray dogs
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…
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.
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.”
Hope other corporate houses also take up such initiative!
Tata Trusts Small Animal Hospital Mumbai
Ratan Tata’s transition from leading Tata Sons to focusing on his passion project, a state-of-the-art animal hospital in Mumbai, marks a significant development set to come to fruition with the inauguration of the Tata Trusts Small Animal Hospital. Tata, a known animal lover, emphasized the evolving role of pets as integral family members, drawing from personal experiences that highlighted the need for advanced veterinary care. This vision, backed by a Rs 165 crore investment, has materialized into a five-story hospital spread over 2.2 acres with a capacity for 200 ‘patients’, under the leadership of British veterinarian Thomas Heathcote, who relocated to Mumbai for this endeavour.
The 24*7 hospital will be India’s largest single-site multi-specialty animal hospital and will treat small companion animals – dogs, cats, rabbits etc.
The animal hospital’s design emphasizes efficiency and accessibility, with clinical areas on the third floor and administrative functions above. Key facilities like outpatient services and emergency care are conveniently located on the ground floor. Diagnostic services including MRI and CT-Scan are available on the first floor, while the second floor houses a surgery suite and related units. The hospital’s annexe block supports the Animal Birth Control program, facilitating sterilization efforts for street dogs and cats, alongside an adoption center promoting the adoption of strays.
Originally intended for Navi Mumbai, Tata’s decision to relocate the hospital to Mahalaxmi stemmed from a strategic move to minimize commute times for pet owners, particularly during emergencies. Despite encountering delays due to bureaucratic processes and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Tata’s unwavering commitment to providing top-notch healthcare for pets remained steadfast. The imminent inauguration of the Tata Trusts Small Animal Hospital not only underscores Tata’s dedication to animal welfare but also represents a significant milestone in advancing veterinary care in India.