If you see a dog on the street and instantly run to pet him/her then, you’ll be incredibly jealous of Rakesh Shukla. He is a software engineer from Bengaluru who owns a software company with his wife and has a shelter for the pooches.
Rakesh has 735 dogs including Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Great Danes, Beagles, Dachshunds, Rottweilers, Saint Bernards, Pug, Mongrels, etc.
On a 3.5 acre farmland in Doddballapur, the outskirts of Bengaluru, Mr Shukla has a haven for all kinds of dogs irrespective if they are cute, not cute, healthy, sick. Those who have no place to live or no owner are always welcome there. Whenever he spots strays on the street, he brings them to his farmhouse.
His first dog was Kavya, a 45-day-old Golden Retriever and his second dog was Lucky, whom he rescued from the street.
He treats them as his own babies and calls himself their ‘papa’. Since the pack kept growing and he just couldn’t keep them at his place or on his office’s top floor shelter room, he bought a land where he built a farmhouse just for his four-legged kids.
There are around 10 people on the farm including trained veterinary assistants who look after the dogs, cook for them and feed them.
The cost of running the shelter is 45,000 to 50,000 rupees per day and 93% of the funds are provided by Rakesh.
And, the dogs have over 200 kg chicken and 200 kg rice each day.
Some animal activists have tried shutting down this centre, but he never gave in.
“I’ve made a pact with my dogs. We will part only when one of us kicks the bucket.”
Now, that’s some commitment!
Please take me to the paw-land!
Image and News Source: BBC