For International Yoga Day (21 June), PETA India is placing advertisements in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, and Pune encouraging people to adopt a yoga buddy – that is, a playful cat or dog – from a local animal shelter.
Every time someone buys a “purebred” dog or cat from a breeder, from a pet store, or online, a dog or cat in need roaming the streets or waiting in an animal shelter loses a chance at finding a home. Stray animals often starve or are injured, abused, or hit by vehicles. Countless other animals are left to languish in animal shelters because there aren’t enough good homes for them. That’s why PETA India advocates for adoption and urges guardians to have their animal companions sterilised so that those who have already been born have the best chance at a good home and a good life.