There’s one thing that celebrities have in common nowadays – a foreign breed dog. Be it a Siberian husky, bulldog, pitbull, German shepherd, Chihuahua, Great Dane, Labrador, or Golden Retriever. However, what they – and all other breed dog owners in general – don’t understand is that not all breed dogs are suitable for the Indian climate, often need extra medical attention, and have specific (and expensive) requirements. Not just that, most dog breeders treat the animals as money-making machines only and force them to reproduce. And what’s wrong with adopting our very own beautiful indie puppies? Or adopting a breed dog from a shelter instead?
Just as Telugu film actor Samantha Akkineni bought pitbull named Saasha recently, animal lovers from the city called out the actor for buying another breed dog as she already owns a French bulldog. Well-known animal rescuer from Hyderabad, Panneeru Teja, commented on Sam’s post, “@samantharuthprabhuoffl you keep buying from breeders and other hand @akkineniamala keeps supporting adoptions woah I think u never had any chat with ma’am regarding Adoptions and why it’s important to adopt not shop atleast you would have adopted any breed from shelter or may be from blue cross (sic).”
Another person pointed out that Blue Cross of Hyderabad has beautiful dogs for adoption and “yet seemingly ‘conscious’ celebrities choose to purchase dogs like they are commodities”.
Speaking to ‘Telangana Today’, Teja says, “Last time, when Vijay Deverakonda bought a Husky, everyone followed it like a trend. These dogs are high-maintenance and celebs may afford to take care of them. Dog breeding is a scam in the city; there are some ‘breeders’ who just take the money and stop responding too. Indie dogs are very intelligent, easy-going, low-maintenance, and healthy and strong. Adopt, don’t shop.”
“You’re not getting a dog to show off, but to love them. Indies are more protective and quick. They’re easier to handle and not very demanding when it comes to food,” shares music producer Vedam, who adopted an indie named Bear from a pet adoption drive in the city.
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