ISLAMABAD – Dog and cat lovers of all ages gathered at a Pet Show held here at Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) in which unique breeds of the two species participated.

The show, besides amusing the spectator, was aimed at raising awareness about better care of cats and dogs and also providing people know how to ensure hygiene for themselves.

The specially trained cats and dogs enthralled the guests with their variety of tricks and acts such as catwalk, dog race and wall climbing.

The pets which participated in the show included breeds of cats such as, Australian Mist, Arabian Mau, German Rex, Persian Cats a American Curl, and dog breeds included American Bulldog, German Shepherded, Australian Wolf dog, Teddy Roosevelt and Russian Puppies.

Pet Dr. Faisal Khan, a pet expert  while addressing the gathering said that pet lovers need to strictly follow certain guidelines to ensure their safety and hygiene while keeping cats and dogs. He said both cats and dogs carry dangerous germs which can affect the humans, if the pets are not regularly vaccinated.

Dr. Faisal also cautioned that being hit by a cats claw is as dangerous as being bitten by a dog.

The dog show was organised by students of media and communication studies (M &SC) at SZABIST as part of their class project “Social Responsibility”.

A research conducted by the M&CS department has brought to light that while pet lovers across the world keep dogs as a friendly companion or as a loyal guard, majority of people in Pakistan keep dogs for the sake of enjoying dogs fights.

Pet experts present on the occasion scorned dog fights, demanding the trend should be immediately stopped as its violating wild life rights.

Director SZABIST Islamabad Campus Syed Asad Hussain while speaking on the occasion said that the event was organised for sending the message that people need to ensure their own safety and hygiene as in imperative.