The pet clinic-cum-creche and cemetery set up in New Town last year seems to have gained popularity among pet lovers.
“I know many animal lovers who have not adopted a pet, worried about where to leave them when they go on a vacation. It was necessary to have such an arrangement here. It is a good initiative by the NKDA,” said Tapas Sengupta, president of Bidhannagar Kennel Club.
A total of 142 dogs have been treated at the facility set up by the NKDA, 24 kept at the crèche and 16 have been buried at the cemetery over the past six months. Among the 16 burials, five took place in September alone. “Many have thanked the authorities for coming up with a pet cemetery, given there’s a severe shortage of such facilities in the city and surroundings. A few months ago, a retired bureaucrat drove in all the way from south Kolkata late at night to bury his pet here. He was pleased with the services provided to him even at that hour,” said an NKDA official. With each burial costing Rs 2,500, the authorities have collected Rs 40,000 so far.
The official pointed out that the pet creche had slowly been gaining popularity. “The facility has come as a great help, especially to pet owners who have to go on office tours or vacations,” an official said, adding that in peak summer, the authorities installed an air-conditioner in a room, reportedly to calm down a dog that was used to AC at its own house. A total of 24 such pets were left at the crèche for a few days over the past six months. The fees being Rs 750 a day for a large breed and Rs 500 a day for small breed, the authorities collected Rs 86,300. The fees at the clinic being Rs 150 a visit, officials earned Rs 21,300 from treating 142 dogs in the past six months.
Source: Times of India