Abhigna Sastry, an IT professional and an artist, sells her works of art to raise funds for street dogs. Gratefully, they see her off to work at her bus shelter every day, with a flurry of their happy tails
An IT professional by day and an artist by evening sold four of her works of art at Chitra Santhe held on January 6 on Kumara Krupa Road. And Abhigna Sastry, 33, wants to spend that on saving street dogs in Bengaluru.
Her love for them grew many years back with the couple of street dogs outside her house in Jayanagar 9th Block and feeding them biscuits. “I found them to be friendly and gentle unlike their disrepute as a menace in the city. And in no time, started feeding them Pedigree like my pets daily. Now, there are 12 of them who do not live with me in my house but are my pets only,” says Abhigna.
Abhigna, an Infoscion leaves for work early the morning and her gang of her furry friends ensure her a good morning by wagging their tails walking behind her till the bus shelter. But before going to work, she feeds them at 6 am.
She is a pet parent to a young Labrador. “Keeping streeties at home wasn’t so easy. They are big dogs and happy in their environment. I have ensured that the previous litter pups have got adopted through adoption centres,” she added.
About three months ago, Abhigna came across a pup at the end of the street, writhing in pain. “She was run over by a vehicle and her spinal cord was broken. Another lady also came by and wanted to help. I took her to CARE and she was treated, but you can still make out that she has issues with her spinal cord. I have kept her at Tony’s Haven shelter, off Whitefield but I pay for her food, medicines, etc. I also foster care another cross breed of German Shepherd and Indie. I fell in love with its cuteness immediately but when I took her to a vet, we found she had an enlarged heart,” she added.
And the second dog, too, is housed with a family, known through her friend. She pays about Rs 10,000 per month on her 12 streeties and two foster dogs.
But the constant threat that streeties have on the road from vehicles that run over them or people who shoo them away with disgust, gave her an idea.
“My mother was an artist, so I have art in my genes. I have been painting with water colours, charcoal and do Thanjavur paintings too. So I thought why not raise money for the cause of the street dogs by selling my paintings? This time, I sold four of my paintings in Kalamkari and water colours at the Chitra Santhe. But they sold off at Rs 5000 totally, which was almost what I spent on buying the colours and frames. With this, I can feed some more streeties,” Abhigna said.
She is also on the hunt for an online platform where she can continuously sell her paintings and raise money periodically to help the street dogs of Bengaluru. Although her plan, and how to save and help the streeties is still not clear, she is sure to get attention for her work from other dog lovers in the city.