Bruno, Lucky and Phatakdi have one very important point in common. They are all rescues. Chaitrali Modi, found each of them in difficult circumstances and decided to make them her own.

The first was Phatakdi, who stayed close to Chaitrali’s place. The Spitz mix girl was not well cared for and already over a year old when Chaitrali befriended her. It broke Chaitrali’s heart and soon Phatakdi walked into her home

About a month later, she found Lucky, a puppy – who was hit by a car and had broken his jaw. Chaitrali took him in, and nursed him to health and he joined her family.

Sometime later came Bruno, victim of another accident, paralysed waist down.


Says Chaitrali, “True to her name, Phatakdi is quite a firebrand. She won’t let any dog enter her territory, whatever his or her size!”

Lucky is a dancer, her favourite song being Gulabo. “The way he sings along to the tunes is very funny,” laughs Chaitrali.

Bruno, the special needs child is kept at Chaitralis father’s shop where he has a backyard to stay in, an attendant to clean up and another to make sure he is well fed and happy.

Chaitrali, a chocolatier, of course stops by everyday to chat with him.

She got a shed built for Bruno and has added a cage to the premises to house her rescue animals when the need arises.

Working in the world of animal welfare, Chaitrali is inspired by Padmini Stump (founder Mission Possible).

From picking up dogs with maggot infested wounds to accident victims, the girl goes for rescues very often and at odd hours too.

All this would never have been possible without her family’s backing. She says, “my parents support me in every way which is why I can do so much. I hope to do much more.”

Chaitrali tells us we must keep these points in mind when we look after our animals – pets or street animals:

When you see an animal barking or whining you must know why, especially if the animal is known to you.

Don’t ignore your animal if he/she is not eating. 

Ticks, fleas have to be tackled at the earliest. 

Uma Karve Chakranarayan

Uma Karve Chakranarayan

Uma Karve Chakranarayan is editor and publisher of Tell Tail, Pune’s only petzine and partner, Petsworld, a pet food and accessories store. ’Furholics’ appears every Saturday on Pune365.
Uma Karve Chakranarayan