Kannan Animal Welfare, India

Since 2016, OPH has partnered with animal rescue group Kannan Animal Welfare (KAW) to help sick, injured, elderly and disabled street dogs, known as "Desi Dogs," in the New Delhi region in northern India. The partnership began organically when an animal welfare volunteer, Meredith Allen, reached out to OPH and began fostering OPH's first two Desi Dogs, Flora (now Meeka) and Jini (now Josie).

The KAW Team in India works tirelessly to rescue sick and injured dogs living on the streets. Their days are filled with urgent requests and pleas for help. The team rushes into action to save dogs who have been hit by vehicles, suffering from illness, or - sadly - hurt by hands of humans. In addition, KAW provides education and outreach to the community about the beauty of native Desi Dogs in effort to change local attitudes towards street dogs and spaying/neutering practices.

OPH Partners with KAW

Since 2016, OPH has welcomed 80 Desi Dogs and has found adoptive homes for them. When KAW rescues and rehabilitates a dog, there is a window of time in which the dog can safely be returned to its “pack” on the streets. If the recovery for that pup takes too long, it’s difficult to acclimate the dogs back to street life and they become a resident at KAW. In order to help KAW make room for more incoming dogs, OPH and other international rescues give these beautiful dogs a new start here with our organization. This allows KAW to bring new deserving dogs into the KAW sanctuary for treatment and recovery.

Desi Dog Daily Life

Desi Dogs live difficult lives on the streets. Sadly, many puppies and dogs are hit by cars and they suffer from disease and malnutrition. Extreme heat and monsoon floods also bring havoc to their daily survival struggle. Two-thirds of puppies born to street dogs die before three months of age, and eight out of ten die before reaching one year of age. Even with all the trauma these street dogs face, there are still approximately 400,000 street dogs in New Delhi alone. Many of these dogs are a mix of breeds due to the common practice of purebred abandonment. Culturally, and especially in the cities, purebred-looking dogs are in great demand, but the native dogs are seen as undesirable.

The Desi Dog are excellently built to meet the challenges of daily survival. They are extremely intelligent, agile, intuitive and loyal. In addition, they are incredible “characters” filled with love, personality, and enthusiasm. Known for their curly tails, tall ears, and barrel-like chests, Desi Dogs resemble Whippets, Salukis, and Basenjis. They thrive with active, confident families who appreciate and enjoy the dogs’ zest for life. Needless to say – they can make amazing additions to a family and we are pleased with work along KAW and help desi dogs!

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