Deekshith D V
Daijiworld Media Network – Karkala
Karkala, May 24: M K Viranjay Hegde, an agriculturist from Karkala and who also runs a shop looks after as many as 350 stray dogs which are unwanted for the society.
At his compound one can see dogs yelping, barking and jumping with joy everywhere. Hegde looks after several dogs and he especially makes it a point to nurse the injured ones and those suffering from cancer. He runs errands for the stray dogs and gets doctors to help for them and Hegde has been at it as a hobby for the last 15 years.
Hegde runs his own trust Ahimsa Animal Care Trust in Mudar village of Karkala taluk..Through this Trust he takes care of domestic animals like cats, cattle but his top priority remains treating the dogs which are sick and injured due to accidents and diseases. Hegde is helped by six staff members - all of them women from his Trust who help him look after the sick stray dogs and provide them food on time.
Also, he has more than 50 cats which are enjoying shelter and food in Hegde’s Trust.
Speaking to daijiworld.com, M K Viranjay Hegde said, "I developed this hobby 15 years ago. Since childhood I had dreamt of nurturing street dogs. I run this Trust with the little income that I earn and through contributions from my friends."
Hegde brings street dogs to the centre that are suffering from injuries and diseases like cancer. With the help of a veterinary doctor he treats the sick dogs.
Hegde explains that he nurtures 350 dogs and provides shelter on a two-acre plot. He said he plans to build shelter for cattle in his nine-acre plot in the coming days.