Submitted by Rashmi on Sat, 2016-12-24 12:41 Photo: Amee Mendez Bengaluru: Stray dogs are seen as a nuisance and menace by some, but for dog lovers, they are just animals in need of help, love, and a home. And these city residents are doing just that: adopting stray dogs and giving them a home. Apart from rescuing them, dog lovers have also formed FB and Whatsapp groups to share information on stray dog adoption. One such person is Preema Mendez, a 37-year-old Tesco employee, who has adopted more than 43 stray dogs. Her love for stray dogs started when she came across a Pomeranian on her way to office. She adopted and named it ‘Beta’. Amee Mendez "I have a rented house and all 47 dogs stay with me. Initially, I faced lot of difficulties as owners said that I cannot keep so many dogs at home as it would disturb the neighbours. But the present landlord is sweet and loves pets,” says Preema, who spends more than Rs20,000 a month to look after these dogs. Another pet lover is chartered accountant Kamakshi Raghavan, who feeds stray dogs and also works towards rehabilitating them. Three years ago, Kamakshi, a Jalahalli resident, was going for a walk when she found a pup next to its dead mother. Unsure initially, Kamakshi later came back and picked up the pup. Till date, she has found homes for 80 such pups. Kamakshi ensured that the pups are vaccinated before they are adopted. She also feeds all the stray dogs in her locality and also gets them sterlised. Kamakshi spends nearly half her salary on stray dogs. Her passion is shared by her daughter, cook and also her sister – all of whom help her in finding homes for stray dogs. Rekha Prasad, a member of Happy Paws Foundation, has 12 stray dogs at her home. "After I rescue them, I post the details on Facebook. Interested people get in touch with us and adopt them. We also conduct adoption carnival programmes for strays," says Rekha Rekha Prasad Rekha says dogs which don’t find a home are looked after by members of the organisation. “Dog lovers come and feed them and help whenever necessary," she says. Naveena Kamath, a resident of Koramangala, is another dog lover who has also adopted seven strays. "I never like to approach pet shops as I feel it is better to adopt a stray dog. If everyone does so, then the stray dog menace will be also solved," says Naveena. Naveena Kamath Austin Town resident Minu Naidu has been in love with dogs since she was child. "When I was seven, I brought a stray dog to home. My dad scolded me for that. But I never gave up on my love for them,” says Minu who currently has three stray dogs at home. “One of the three dogs, Labrador, is paralysed. I found it when I was going for a walk. It might have been abandoned by its owner," she says.