The visit was arranged in collaboration with an organisation called Welfare of Stray Dogs which vaccinates and takes care of stray dogs.
This was the first time that the Rotaractors were associating themselves with a project involving members of the animal world and they christened it "Cuddly Buddies".
But the idea behind it was a noble one, viz., making Rotaractors aware of the spread of diseases such as rabies among stray dogs and how these could be prevented with vaccinations and other precautionary measures.
Once such basic information was provided, the members would be in a position to look at the problem of stray dogs in the city in a different light.
On reaching the Mahalaxmi institute, the Rotaractors were taken on a tour of the premises and shown how the dogs were vaccinated. They also peeped into the operation theatre where animals with bad wounds and injuries were operated upon.
Some of young Rotaractors were moved to tears on seeing the plight of the injured and infected quadrupeds lying in their respective kennels.
But soon it was time for fun and games. Each member picked a stray and prepared for a race that required this pair of man and dog to reach the finishing line first.
Most of the Rotaractors enjoyed this race with a difference and happily gave their respective partners an invigorating bath at the end.
After making donations for the purchase of vaccines required for the strays, the Rotaractors gave each one of them a dog collar with RCHR (for Rotaract Club of H.R. College) embossed on it.
It was what they called a "fabulous project", one that will be cherished by members of the Rotaract Club of H.R. College.