“Walter White came into my life like a ray of light. My friend found him from under a car. He was scared to death and was shivering. His eyes were bloodshot and his ears chronically infected. The fur had been pulled out from several parts of his body. Looking into his eyes, I knew that all he needed was love,” Apurwa Shrivastava, an employee of a Bangalore-based media company, tells
The Logical Indian .
A large number of people in India buy ‘fancy’ dog breeds as a status symbol. They are an object of fun and enjoyment as long as they are healthy, fluffy and easy to handle.
However, when dogs get old, it becomes tiresome to take care of them. It is just like looking after old, ailing parents. Paying for medicines, the effort to lift them to the bed because their legs are weak, continuous effort to ensure that they eat well, are among the things that become a burden for people.
Therefore, people resort to the easiest way to solve their problem. They abandon the dogs.
Walter White, One Among Hundreds Of Abandoned Dogs
“When I first saw Walter, I found it hard to believe that such a small, vulnerable creature could be ill-treated this way. I could see that he felt exposed and unprotected. Within a couple of days, with a little love and care and medical treatment, he began clinging to me like he was afraid I would run away,” Apurwa said.
“Initially, I had thought of giving him for adoption after his treatment was over, but I developed a bond with him that I could not afford to break. The attachment was extremely strong. He whines and cries every morning as I go out for work and it breaks my heart. However, when I return home, there’s a happy tail that wags for me and large eyes that shine at me. He is a blessing for me.”
Walter’s story is one out of hundreds of stories that the people of Bengaluru have to tell. One can relate to common sight on the narrow streets between houses, pedigree dogs sitting helplessly or scavenging garbage dumps for food.
“I urge people not to buy expensive dogs because they think they can be played with. They are not showpieces and neither do they enhance one’s status. Dogs need love and care to survive,” says Apurwa.
“If you genuinely love dogs and think you are ready for the commitment, I would suggest you adopt dogs which have been abandoned, just like Walter. Treat them like you would treat your children. If you do not think you can do that, you do not deserve the company of such loyal, loving creatures,” Apurwa adds.
“Besides Abandonment, Dogs Are Often Mistreated”
The Logical Indian reached out to CUPA Second Chance Adoption Centre in Bengaluru, to get an insight into how pedigree dogs are abandoned in the city.
CUPA has been rescuing dogs and giving them up for adoption since 2013.
Sanjana Madappa, adoption councillor of CUPA, tells
The Logical Indian , “In every other part of the city, you will come across an abandoned dog. Out of the average 800 dogs that we have rescued, 400-450 of them are pedigree dogs. Most of them are Labradors and Golden Retrievers. We have come across German Shepherds and Saint Bernards as well. In fact, we have rescued an Akita recently.”
The CUPA Trauma Centre is taking care of two more abondonment cases, admitted a few days back. The cause of abandonment…
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