Thane strays get one-way ticket to Canada, set out on a 16-hour flight

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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.

Anil Shinde

Fi­rangi is a par­tially blind puppy and An­gel’s front limbs are in­jured

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