A visitor cuddles a dog at the Fur Ball Story dog cafe in Gurgaon, near New Delhi. Its owner helps customers find puppies to adopt, and has seen a big rise in inquiries during India’s lockdown to combat coronavirus, which forced the cafe to shut. Photo: Money Sharma/AFP A visitor cuddles a dog at the Fur Ball Story dog cafe in Gurgaon, near New Delhi. Its owner helps customers find puppies to adopt, and has seen a big rise in inquiries during India’s lockdown to combat coronavirus, which forced the cafe to shut. Photo: Money Sharma/AFP
A visitor cuddles a dog at the Fur Ball Story dog cafe in Gurgaon, near New Delhi. Its owner helps customers find puppies to adopt, and has seen a big rise in inquiries during India’s lockdown to combat coronavirus, which forced the cafe to shut. Photo: Money Sharma/AFP
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Indians dogged by lockdown loneliness adopt puppies and stray mongrels as they turn to animal companions

  • India has been under lockdown for months and when restrictions partially eased, there was a rush to adopt puppies to ease anxiety
  • Shelter owners say younger people are more willing to adopt street dogs, and demand for training has risen

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A visitor cuddles a dog at the Fur Ball Story dog cafe in Gurgaon, near New Delhi. Its owner helps customers find puppies to adopt, and has seen a big rise in inquiries during India’s lockdown to combat coronavirus, which forced the cafe to shut. Photo: Money Sharma/AFP A visitor cuddles a dog at the Fur Ball Story dog cafe in Gurgaon, near New Delhi. Its owner helps customers find puppies to adopt, and has seen a big rise in inquiries during India’s lockdown to combat coronavirus, which forced the cafe to shut. Photo: Money Sharma/AFP
A visitor cuddles a dog at the Fur Ball Story dog cafe in Gurgaon, near New Delhi. Its owner helps customers find puppies to adopt, and has seen a big rise in inquiries during India’s lockdown to combat coronavirus, which forced the cafe to shut. Photo: Money Sharma/AFP
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