Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ray of life for stray animals

A punch song from a Vijay starrer rages on and the star couple of Simbhu and Trisha frisk around in a picturesque farm at Vilankurichi. And then Gilli runs in. No, it's not a filmy glitz. It's a street dogs' party at activist Kalpana Vasudevan's animal farm. In rural Coimbatore, Kalpana's animal farm is perhaps the largest with seventy stray dogs, four donkeys, two horses and ten cats.
Like her animals, Kalpana too attracts extreme reactions. Animal lovers adore her, but civic officials consider her a nightmare. Three months ago, a horse lay in a pool of blood on the road near Liseux School. A couple of school students who saw the anguished horse did not call either the police or the SPCA. Instead, they called Kalpana, an activist of People for Animals. Within minutes, she arrived with a veterinary doctor and took away the horse to her animal shelter at Vilankurichi.

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