According to an Indian newspaper, The Statesman, a training center for stray dogs and a park for cats will be opening in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) soon. Both centers will be built by Love and Care for Animals, an animal welfare group in India. A spokeswoman for the group, Mrs. Susmita Roy, said, “according to research, stray dogs often become biters due to ill treatment by humans.” She says dogs that bite are difficult to train and such nervous, unpredictable animals are hard to adopt. Therefore, the purpose of the new centers is to rehabilitate these animals and give them a second chance at life.
Experts will look after the physical and mental health of the dogs. They will be trained to be guard dogs and pets, once properly trained. “Stray dogs can make excellent guards because of their intelligence and physical strength,” said Dr. S. Ghosh, a veteran veterinarian. The cat park will house cats caught in state run hospitals, primary health centers, and other health care establishments. There will be cottages and playgrounds for the cats, and the public will be encouraged to visit the center, to help with the rehabilitation of the cats. Both centers strive to make the environments loving and nurturing for the animals and the visitors.