Thane strays get one-way ticket to Canada, set out on a 16-hour flight
Mumbai: It isn’t always a dog’s life, even for mutts. Two female stray dogs from Thane, after experiencing the rough end of life, are off to Canada for a better deal at a farmhouse.
Firangi, an eight-monthold partially blind puppy, and Angel, a 4-year-old with injured front limbs, are boarding an Air Canada flight from the city airport on Saturday night in specially kitted-out pet crates. After 16 hours, as India wakes on Monday, the two would have landed in Toronto.
From the sweltering 37 degrees Celsius to 11degrees, from Marathi-speaking staff at the Thane Society for Prevention of Cruelty against Animals (SPCA) to English-speaking children and adults, the two have a lot to adjust to. Firangi and Angel will live in a farmhouse owned by a joint family of foreigners settled in Canada.
President of Thane SPCA Shakuntala Majumdar said that the two Indian pariahs will take a week to be part of the new family. They will be flown to Canada by a father-daughter duo from Canada who runs an NGO there. They mediated between the NGO in Thane and the adoptive family in Canada whose members have so far only watched videos of the two dogs.
The two canines are fighters who have come back from the brink of death. Firangi had come to SPCA as a monthold baby with a head injury that turned out to be a brain infection. While she is now fit, she lost vision in the left eye. She got the name ‘Firangi’ (foreigner) as the new parent decided to adopt her).
Angel was a victim of a train accident at Thane two years ago. She hurt her front limbs and had severe wounds. While her legs were saved, she became handicapped and crawls on her front limbs.
Transferring a dog from one country to another can be costly. As the adoption procedure began about eight months ago, Thane SPCA undertook documentation work including a no-objection certificate from the quarantine office, health and travel fitness certificates, microchip and vaccination certificates. The major cost of air travel was borne by the adopting family, said Majumdar.
Care has been taken to ensure that the canines are comfortable during the flight. The dogshave a micro-chip which Within seven days of export, dogs and cats will need a health certificate from their vet and an animal health certificate from the Animal Quarantine and Certification Service as well as all documentation required for their destination country serves as an identification device, in case they get lost.
While the adopting family did not wish to be identified, Majumdar said that the joint family owns two farms and are all animal lovers. Two years ago, they had adopted another dog, Rani, from Thane SPCA. Rani was brutally attacked by robbers who chopped off her front leg and gouged an eye out. Today Rani is a happy canine on the farm, said Majumdar who gets updates about her.
Firangi is a partially blind puppy and Angel’s front limbs are injured