ACF calls on restaurants to follow example set by Karachi's Okra and be kind to stray dogs

ACF calls on restaurants to follow example set by Karachi's Okra and be kind to stray dogs

Actor Yashma Gill is also all praises for the restaurant after the ACF video went viral.
20 Jan, 2022

There are two types of people who call the ACF for help, according to the animal welfare organisation. On one side there are people who complain to the CBC about a "vicious" puppy and then there are people like Roma Qinto, a worker at Karachi restaurant Okra, who asked them to vaccinate and neuter the stray dogs she had been taking care of.

Touched by her gesture, the ACF called on other restaurants to follow Okra's example. The ACF took to Instagram to post about their encounter and talked about the "ridiculous complaints" people make. "They simply don’t like the way the dog looks and don’t like to see dogs on the street so they call CBC blatantly lying that the dogs are aggressive and have bitten people."

They shared a video of the puppy sitting docilely in the mud. "Are you ready to see the vicious, nasty dogs of Karachi?" they started the caption and attached videos of the sweetest puppy who was shivering in the arms of a team member when they went to 'capture' him. "See for yourself in the video as you swipe right and get ready to melt at the cuteness of the ‘aggressive’ dog."

The video did all the talking where the matter of the "dangerous" dog was concerned. "And because animals don’t speak our language, they can’t defend themselves, and it makes us furious that hundreds of thousands of dogs have been killed so far based on nothing," the organisation said, expressing their frustration over the culling of innocent animals.

"But then, to lessen our fury, and yours, we are sharing some wonderful news also," they wrote. "One of the finest restaurants in the country Okra takes care of the stray dogs around their restaurant. Roma Qinto, from Okra, called us to vaccinate and neuter the dogs and their wagging tails are a testament to how well they are taken care of!"

Qinto was seen in the video walking towards the camera with one puppy in her hands and a whole pack surrounding her, trying to get her attention and following her. "I just wish that everybody could get educated about animals, not only dogs but also cats and other animals. So if we cannot feed them, at least we don't hurt them," she said.

Actor Yashma Gill shared the post on her Instagram Story saying, "So much respect for Okra!"

The ACF asked its audience to imagine if, instead of wasting leftovers, all restaurants followed Okra’s example and "fed scraps, leftovers, bones, not fit for human consumption, to the animals in their area." It would be costless, save food and fill some empty stomachs simultaneously. "Imagine how many lives they would save. And ACF would go by to vaccinate, neuter and collar all the dogs!"

The animal rescue foundation said they're "bored" of brands and organisations constantly just trying to make money by pushing status, power, luxuries as something cool. "Do you know what’s actually cool and eye-catching from a marketing perspective? Kindness."

Kindness, the organisation said, goes viral and has a ripple effect. It will actually "set your brand apart. Without even trying or knowing it, we bet Okra has won all your hearts! They’ve won ours for sure!"

We can undoubtedly say they have! Kindness always has that effect on people but when it's intended for someone who's voiceless and helpless, it seems to pierce the heart of any observer. Well done Okra! We hope to see other restaurants following their lead. Individuals can also help animals by ensuring their leftover food goes to strays in their neighbourhood rather than in the trashcan.


Naseer Jan 20, 2022 05:55pm
No matter what people say about dogs in general, it's a life on earth that we MUST protect and care! Please start showing "protect and care" side, if it is still there.
Waleed Ikram Jan 20, 2022 06:20pm
I fell in love with them too
well-wisher Jan 20, 2022 06:58pm
Hats off to OKRA and other kind restaurants and people.
Zak Jan 20, 2022 07:05pm
Amazing effort. Saving strays and being kind to animals should be a national effort.
Ibrahim S Jan 20, 2022 07:15pm
Look closely who are Okra , people Their upbringing and education. May be we should learn from them instead of infusing faith and foreign culture to make us better "Momeneen"
Highwithoutprozak Jan 20, 2022 07:19pm
I wonder if any one of those loves these dogs would do the next logical step and adopt them or even better set up a fund to buy rabies vaccine for people who will get hurt by these sooner or later. Stray dogs are a menace that should be taken care of either by extermination or letting the animal lovers take them in as pets.
Musa Jan 20, 2022 07:47pm
To treat animals with kindness is part of our religion. Unfortunately we don't live by it. Whenever you give them something to eat or milk to drink, stray dogs become your friends instantly.
TZaman Jan 20, 2022 08:47pm
Kindness is golden.
Mohamnad Jan 20, 2022 09:21pm
Sorry to say ..our behaviour towards our own kind is so deplorable we are talking about dogs ...the only use of dogs and donkeys are ...let me not go into the details
Mir Jan 20, 2022 10:47pm
Rabies check please?
Mustafa Jan 20, 2022 11:05pm
Ahmed Jan 21, 2022 01:49am
Well done Okra.
Hanna Jan 21, 2022 01:56am
@Highwithoutprozak Not every stray dog is infected with rabies and out to get you,humans are more a menace to other humans and to all other species so should we start exterminating all homeless and sick people lest they should infect us or attack us?
GreenAura Jan 21, 2022 02:58am
Well done! By the way, @Mir , one of the vaccines they would give would be against rabies.
T. Jan 21, 2022 03:18am
It's KMC responsibility to take care of stray dogs, cats and crows and control on their birth rate as these animals/birds populations increasing sky rocketing in the mega city Karachi and Hyderabad. Please get rid off by exporting to China and Europe free of charge. Thanks!!!
Pak Jan 21, 2022 03:25am
KMC, CBC, ACF Please free Karachi from stray dogs, cats, crows and make Karachi safer to all residents.
HKG Jan 21, 2022 09:02am
Dogs like donkeys will be exported to China.
Akil Akhtar Jan 21, 2022 10:19am
In Australia they have wiped out all stray dogs and cats in cities and the only ones living are pets or else they are euthanized....They care more about the cleanliness of their cities than the wild dogs.
Mushahid Jan 21, 2022 10:31am
People of Karachi need to adopt "Istanbul's" model of kindness to stray cats and dogs!
sawera Ahmed Jan 21, 2022 10:54am
Street dogs are hardly every vicious, at least the ones I encounter on daily basis wag their tails when I try to approach them. All they ask is some care and food.