What will one think at once when they hear that help can be from the most unexpected source or ‘replace the word old with adult’?
Don’t jump into conclusions that some management gurus are delivering lessons on ‘better living’.
These were the points stressed by animal rights activist Amala Akkineni, an yesteryear actress, at a workshop on ‘Ensuring Effective Adoptions’ of street animals organised by the Kerala Federation of Animal Protection Organisations here on Saturday.
Amala, the co-founder and chairperson of Blue Cross, Hyderabad, a non-governmental organisation working for the welfare of animals, ascertained the need to appreciate the value of Indian dogs.
“Indian dogs are really more reliable. They are more devoted to their owners, provide one with better security and are good companions. I have six Indian dogs and a Labrador in my home. My son bought the Labrador when he turned 12.
“While the Labrador never steps out of the air conditioned room, the Indian dogs provide security to the house,” she said.
“Having dogs is not a rich man’s privilege. Average families will not be able to afford foreign breeds as taking care of them is very expensive. So adopt Indian dogs, the more trust worthy ones,” she said.
Amala also said that there was a growing trend to adopt adult dogs, after suggesting that ‘old’ should be replaced with ‘adult’.
“More people are now preferring adult dogs as they prefer trained ones to small ones,” she said.
When faced with a usual question of entering politics, she said that she was not politically inclined.
“I will say only what I believe and don’t like to give false promises,” she said.
Asked whether she would return to Malayalam movies, Amala, born in Bengal, said that she was older now and it would be difficult to remember Malayalam dialogues.