Wednesday, December 05, 2012

WSD Calendar - Hope 2013


You will be happy to know that the WSD calendar (Wall and Desk) for 2013 is now available. The theme of this year's calendar is of hope, based on the story of Asha and thus the story of each street dog and the odd cat that goes through the WSD kennels, be it for treatment, sterilisation or sheltering after abandonment.

The calendar is available at various outlets in Mumbai and Kolkata. (Please see list given below). It can also be couriered to various cities outside Mumbai (check with us on the courier costs depending on the no and type). It is priced at Rs 150 (Wall and Desk) as a donation towards WSD's sterilisation, immunization and health care programmes.  To order the WSD calendar, you can e-mail on or call 64222838.

Photographs taken by Rohan Mukerjee, Parizaad Dotiwalla, Anil Purohit, , Abodh Aras & Daniela Cony.

The story of Asha – an aptly named street dog – taught all of us at WSD to never stop hoping... and loving life. We found Asha in a slum near Worli. Her face was eaten away by maggots, leaving her with  no discernible features. Even then, despite the agonising pain, she wagged her tail vigorously, as though to thank us for rescuing her!
The magnificent Bruno, a German Shepard, is the only abandoned pet whose original name we know. We found him tied to a pole near Crawford Market with a note from the family who abandoned him. Over the years, WSD has rescued hundreds of pets abandoned on the streets like Bruno and found good homes for them.

The spirited Asha responded very well to her treatment but the affected parts of her face grew skin without any hair. She may not have won beauty contests where the beauty is only skin deep. But her personality shone through... her loving licks and bubbly barks winning over many hearts. After a year of lighting up our lives at the WSD kennels, she was adopted by Vanessa, a WSD volunteer and dog behaviour expert, who met Asha and loved her enough to take her home. Asha now resides at one of the most coveted addresses in Mumbai. But, more importantly, she has found a place in the hearts of a wonderful family. 

Through this year's WSD calendar, which has been inspired by her, we hope to introduce you to some of the wonderful dogs in our kennels and give you a glimpse into their lives. Over the years, we at WSD have realised that each dog comes with his own destiny. Very often, we don’t know their past... whether theye were abandoned, lost, abused or born on the street and looked after by people who also don’t have a roof over their heads. But we have seen their futures unfold before our eyes.

Puppy was treated by WSD as an out-patient. Pups are a rarity at WSD as we do not have a separate puppy pen. On a daily basis, WSD treats scores of such animals as out-patients – pups, kittens, dogs and cats – who are brought in by animal lovers, volunteers and poor people who care for them, all free of charge. 

Asha's success was echoed in the tales of other dogs too. But, just as many street dogs don't have stories with happy endings. Not all of them get adopted and that’s why we endeavour to make their stay with us as comfortable as possible. They adapt, they have their routines and the kennel is now their home. But it's not the same as having a real home and master. Their lives are incomplete.

Tripod, our three-legged cat, has a field day every day, roaming around the WSD kennels and compound. Where there is food, there is Tripod. His favourite place is a vantage point near the kitchen! Here, he is seen against the wall of the WSD kennels which bears the WSD logo painted by school children. Though we are a dog kennel, WSD does get the odd cat, which led to us starting a small cat-sterilisation programme some years ago.
Here's where you come in. Dogs so wonderfully and seamlessly fill the spaces in our lives and reward us with their unconditional love. Give them a place in your home and they’ll give you their hearts – for life. Adopt a stray dog today!

Candy is the reigning queen of the WSD kennels and part of our kennel reception committee. Candy just loves people and came to WSD with a mangled leg due to an accident. It had to be amputated, but nevertheless, Candy holds the distinction of being the fastest dog in the kennels!

Tiger, an airport dog, thrives in human company. He is most happy when volunteers and groups from schools and colleges come to walk him. WSD has housed more than 300 dogs brought from the airport and found homes for most of them. WSD encourages volunteers to ‘Walk the Dogs’ at the WSD kennels. 

The calendar is available at various outlets in Mumbai. (Please see list given below). It can also be couriered to various cities outside Mumbai (check with us on the courier costs depending on the no and type). It is priced at Rs 150 (Wall and Desk) as a donation towards WSD's sterilisation, immunization and health care programmes.  To order the WSD calendar, you can e-mail on or call 64222838.

Outlets in Mumbai

South Mumbai
Colaba and Kala Ghoda
WSD Office: C/o Mr F. Broacha, 2nd Flr, Yeshwant Chambers, B.Bharucha Marg, Near Fab India, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai – 23 Tel : 64222838 
Rhythm House : 40, K. Dubash Marg (Rampart Row), Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400023. Tel: 4322 2727 
Greenfields : Army Navy Building ( back entrance), Behind Westside, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai – 23. Tel : 22853784

Dr Leena Dalal’s Clinic :Green Fields, Opposite Oval Maidan, Churchgate, Mumbai – 21 Tel: 66153497 
Kemps Corner

Ibrahim’s Pet Shop : Kemps Corner, Mumbai – Tel: 23806278 

Pawfect : Shop no AS 10, Forjett Street, Anand Nagar building , Tardeo, Mumbai. Tel : 64463129 
Central Mumbai
Dr Makrand Chavan’s Clinic : Shop No 1, Matoshree Tower, Kohinoor Mills Lane, Shivaji Park, Dadar – Mumbai- 28 Tel: 24380756
Kings Circle 

NADS, Room12,Shanti Niketan, Opp Kapol Nivas, Dr B A Road, Near Kings Circle,Mumbai. Tel : 24171984

Western Suburbs

Paws and Furs : Shop No 3, Kailash,156, Waterfield Road, Bandra, Mumbai. Tel: 66990858 
Tailwaggers : 16th Road, Behind Hawaian Shack, Bandra, Mumbai. Tel: 9820127572

Dawgz : B4, Snowhite CHS, Ground Floor, 18th Road, Opposite Fabindia on Khar Danda Road, Khar (W), Mumbai. Tel 26056810


Pawwfect, Shop No1. T135 Coalho's Compound (near Sangeeta apts). Juhu Tara Rd. Santacruz West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 400049. Tel No :  9167719702

Vile Parle

Pet Range : Shop No 4, Saroj Building, Opposite Grasshopper Restaurant, Near Nanavati Hospital, Vile Parle, Mumbai 400 056.  Tel :67305365


Anokhi: Russel Street, Kolkata

 P.S. Please phone and check with outlet about availability before going