Indian Man Has Farm That Gives Home To Hundreds of Dogs
There are countless software engineers in the world, but only one of them owns a three-and-a-half-acre farm in the Indian state of Karnataka where he provides a home to hundreds of dogs. That software engineer is Rakesh Shukla, who has given a home to more than 700 dogs that have nowhere else to go.
Most of the dogs taken in by Shukla, 45, who is aptly known as the “Dog Father,” have been abandoned by their owners or are strays that have spent most of their lives on the street without an owner.
“I’m the last stop for these dogs. They are no longer cute and cuddly. Many are sick and no longer wanted,” he explains. But with Shukla, they have a home, the care they need, and plenty of space to run around.
It all started in 2009 when Shukla adopted a Golden Retriever “When we got home, she went and hid in a corner. I got down to her level on the floor and I was calling out to her. She was looking at me, she was scared, but I could see she wanted to trust me,” he said.
A few months later, he took in another stray dog. Soon, every abandoned dog he saw he took into his home. Eventually, all the dogs overwhelmed his wife, and in 2012, Shukla bought a three-and-a-half-acre piece of land to serve as a sanctuary for all of his dogs.
Shukla and his wife own their own software company, and they use some of that money to fund their farm. They employ 10 people to tend to the farm, including several veterinarians, as many of the dogs require medical attention.
The cost of running the farm is roughly $663 per day, which helps ensure that each dog is able to eat 200kg of chicken and 200kg of rice every day. Shukla personally covers 93% of the cost.
Unfortunately, many have complained about the farm and implored Shukla to close it down. However, he has no intention of shutting down or not taking in stray and abandoned dogs.
“I’ve made a pact with my dogs,” Shukla says. “We will part only when one of us kicks the bucket.”