Founded by Hyderabad-based Arpita Rao, the community has been posting photos of stray dogs since Sept. 20, gathering over 700 Facebook followers (and counting) in a week.

“Yes, some dogs can be dangerous, but that’s when they’re brought up in a hostile environment and treated aggressively,” Rao said in an email. ”My aim is to educate and inspire (people). Show them the million ways in which mongrels can be their source of happiness (and) protection.”

The project also plans to feature the stories of Indians who have adopted stray dogs, crowd-sourced from across the country, to encourage more people to welcome local breeds at home. That’s a better option than spending lakhs on foreign breeds, like Siberian Huskies and Saint Bernards, that are utterly unsuitable for the climate.

In its small way, Mongrels of India is an essential counterpoint to all the scary stories about stray dogs.

Also read: Indians can be both unbearably cruel and incredibly kind towards stray dogs

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