Mumbai based animal welfare organisation, World For All successfully conducted the adoption of 51 stray dogs and cats at their fifth annual Adoptathon held on the 21st and 22nd of November, 2015 at the Homeopathic Campus in Mumbai. Like every year, this year too, the event commenced with prayers offered to the Almighty. This 2 day event not only witnessed the successful adoption of 51 furry babies in to loving homes but also the support of many animal lovers, activists and celebrities.
Thr celebrities who graced the event with their presence and also who expressed their strong support towards the cause included Athiya Shetty, Suraj Pancholi, Soha Ali Khan, Farah Khan, Priya Dutt, Jacky Bhagnani, Siddhant Kapoor, Kunaal Khemu, Kitu Gidwani, Zoa Morani and Elena Fernandes. Showing their support for the cause Kunal and Soha who already adopted a stray from World For All last year adopted another stray ‘Sushi’ who they fell in love with. Each celebrity spoke for stray animals and their adoption and that compassion must be extended to this staple of Mumbai who everyone love.
Priya Dutt will be speaking with the education minister to promote programs like Teach Co-exist in Schools. Soha and Kunaal spoke about being responsible and committed to animals adopted and not just adopt the because they are cute. Farah Khan showed up with her three kids and emphasized on the importance of today’s youth being more involved and compassionate to hone better leaders for the future. Priya Dutt also adopted a stray last year and the Morani family picked up 3 strays from the street.
The trend is now ever increasing amongst Mumbaikars to adopt stray animals and care for them. Mumbai seems to have become one of the best places for a stray dog or cat in India. With all the NGO’s carrying out widespread spay neuter and WFA carrying out massive adoption camps the numbers of strays have successfully been reduced in a humane fashion.
This year, World For All had quite a few surprises to showcase at their Adoptathon. Some of which included the pet therapy session conducted by Malaika Fernandes , the unveiling of their new and revised range of World For All merchandise and the Teach Co-exist booth which is an initiative started by World For All to spread awareness on stray animals among children. The event saw the attendance of 1500 people.
The adoption panel at the camp consisted of certified vets, trainers and behaviourists. Visitors could tame their hunger at Maroosh which served mouthwatering vegetarian rolls or indulge in some serious shopping at stalls which housed products that ranged from jewellery to paintings to pet products. World For All will be adding a new wing of volunteers specializing in adoptions of Adult animals, Cats and Disabled animals.