BENGALURU: Volunteer For Cause, a group organised a programme Meet the Paws at SAI (Save Animals India) Shelter, Devanahalli on Sunday. Ten members washed nearly 30 dogs at the shelter, which houses rescued dogs.
Surya Singh along with his wife moved to Devanahalli from Banaswadi six months ago to take care of the dogs. Surya, who runs the shelter, says “My wife and I used to feed 50 to 60 stray dogs in Banaswadi every night. Many neighbours would complain that the number of street dogs was increasing because we were feeding them.” He was active in rescue operations too.
Surya began to leave the dogs at the shelters but he realised that they are not well looked after.
“The shelters were in a very bad condition. They would feed only rice and milk to the animals... I always had a dream of starting a shelter of my own. So, I rescued 37 dogs from one of the shelters and got them here,” he adds.
The number of dogs has increased to over 80 as there is no ABC programme in the village and people from the city also rescue dogs and drop them at the shelter. Surya says, “It is difficult to manage. I keep posting updates on Facebook. I spend about `70,000 to `80,000 a month. We feed them milk, bread and biscuits in the morning and rice, vegetable or chicken around 5.30 pm.”
He encourages people to care for dogs and says, “People consider street dogs a menace and beat them up. But after my awareness campaigns, they think otherwise. They had never heard of dog shleters.” He runs the shelter on public funds and the commission he earns from property dealings and selling eco-friendly water boilers.
Surya is also a certified rescuer. He has taken training from Animal Welfare Board.
He also buries dead animals that are found on the road.