Mangaluru: Rajani Shetty receives wide appreciation for taking care of street dogs

Abhijith N Kolpe

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru

Mangaluru, Oct 21: Rajani Shetty, an animal lover, who was in the news few months ago for rescuing a dog from a well and was widely appreciated for her bravery. Rajani is an animal lover who feeds over 400 to 500 dogs every day and nurtures several dogs, cats and birds at her residence.

Rajani hails from Ballalbagh. She started with feeding two dogs in the streets and now she is feeding over 500 dogs every day.

Speaking to Daijiworld, Rajani said, "I like dogs a lot and I am into feeding dogs since several years. I have been taking care of 18 dogs, 15 cats and some birds at my residence. All these are street dogs which were injured, helpless, and handicapped. I brought them home, treated and nurtured them."

Speaking on how she fed the street dogs even during the lockdown, she said, "During lockdown, I had permission to feed these dogs, so there was no problem at all to feed them. I feed close to 500 dogs in places like State Bank, Bunder, Mannagudda, Lalbagh, PVS, and Chilimbi. I feed them three times in a day. So far, I have also rescued many dogs in places like Mumbai and recently in Ballalbagh."

Rajani thanked Mangaluru South MLA Vedavyasa Kamath, Biruver Kudla, owner of Saibeen Complex, public and various organizations for their continuous help in her initiative to feed dogs.

She further said, "We need 21 kg of rice per day for the dogs which is cooked at home. My family has been a major support as they take me to the places in Mangaluru to feed the dogs."

Rajani is happily married to Damodar Shetty and has two daughters Shwetha, Rithika and a son Prathik.

In the month of February, a video went viral on social media where Rajani rescued a dog which fell into a well. The video received massive appreciation from the public for Rajani’s bravery to get down 30-foot into the well to rescue the dog. Another video went viral where she was seen having a conversation with a dog which displayed her love and affection towards dogs.





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  • Lezeth Sallauddin, Port Blair

    Thu, Nov 25 2021

    A really appreciating deed done without any conditions for those who only want live from Humans

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  • Riddhi Pawar, Woril koliwada

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    I also love pet dog l want to take care of dogs

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  • Victor, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 05 2021

    Madam pl share your contact. We had lost our dog on 10th of this month.

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    Thu, Oct 22 2020

    A big big big salute to you ma'am❤️❤️

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  • suhail, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 22 2020

    No street dogs attack without provoke ... they attack coz people like u abused them in past.. human are menac everywhere... especially when they see ladies and girls .... human are menac when they travel in bus and grope women... human are menac when they see a single lady walking and see road romios commenting on them ... humans are menac in all the bars ... coz human are more menace ... so none of the parents.. husbands .. friends or brothers allow their sisters or mothers to walk alone at nights....


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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    Starving Humans should have been your first Priority ...

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  • suhail, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    Sir why don't you start ur own helping hand for starving for humans ... starving humans has 1000s of options to have food and travel and there are Temples across who serves food for poor and needy fo all walk of life and with respectable of any community for 365 days .... poor animals need more like poornima shetty

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  • sushma, mlr

    Thu, Oct 22 2020

    Well said Suhail Bhai. People will find faults in every good things we do , bcz they cant digest the fact that they are not involving in such activities.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Oct 22 2020

    I second your opinion.

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  • Shaila, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 12 2021

    You can do the honors... Of feeding the humand

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  • Joe D'Souza, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    Ms. Rajani Thanks for Good,Kind Job. Feed a Dog once and that Dog will Remember You until that Dog dies. Feed a Person dozen times and will forget soon after Hands are Washed. Person who ate from Your hand might Slap You after eating and washing hands. I have Real Experience regarding this Ungreatfulnes.
    Mr Shanker, Mangalore, please note that Beggers who are fed by a group of People near Central Maidan are as nuisance as stray Dogs. They get drunk before food in Bar near SP Office or elsewhere and Eat Food and Sleep across Footpath. IYou ask them to move and look at the way how they bark at You. It was My Real Experience.
    Keep Up the Good Work and God will Bless Your Children.

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  • Charlotte, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    Great job Rajani Ma'am. I know one more person feeding more than 400 stray dogs daily & more surprising is I know one Muslim couple who feed more than 500 stray dogs daily . Not only these three , many others also feed strays but unnoticed.

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    Please save the link of this article and see it when you are sad and feel hopeless.

    1. First look at the faces of canines. They are happy and content.
    2. Finally once again revisit the photos to look at Rajani's face as a consequence of her involvement.

    You will forget all the sorrow.

    Thanks Daiji for this article.

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  • Manojb, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    Great Job Sister, God Bless You

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    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    Dear Rajani Shetty,

    Happy to hear good news. Dogs family is happy, growing and spreading all over Mangalore.

    We will be very happy if you start a ashram for these street dogs. Surely you will get help for this from the locals because these street dogs are very dangerous for children, two wheelers. Many meet accidents because these dogs come on the road without knowledge. Night time these dogs chase the two wheelers and people who are on the way to their houses.

    Next video we want to see you with the street dogs in the dog ashram. We will circulate this video all over the world Madam.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    Street dogs are a menace.
    Please, when you feed the stray dogs and leave them to stray, think about unprivileged small children who are most commonly and regularly being the victims of stray dog attacks.
    You get down from late night buses or early morning ones in kottara chowki or urwa stores or lady hill, a group of 10 to 15 stray dogs are ready to attack!!!!

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  • Arman, Dubai

    Wed, Oct 21 2020


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  • Robin, Byndoor

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    I also saw that viral video. Her work is commendable. What she say about stray dogs which trouble the commuters and also face problems for themselves in roads ?

    looking after her family and then these dogs.. She is great.

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  • NAVEEN, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    Rajani Shetty doing very good work. God bless her.

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    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    Theses kind of nature always appreciated by the people. God bless them.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    God bless Rajani 's heart.....


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