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A shelter for stray cows

R. Vimal Kumar
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Abandoned cows and bulls being rehabiliated at the shelter run by Shri Shankara Goshala near Dharapuram in Tirupur district
Abandoned cows and bulls being rehabiliated at the shelter run by Shri Shankara Goshala near Dharapuram in Tirupur district

The Shri Shankara Goshala at Chennakkalpalayam near Dharapuram is an asylum for stray cows.

Started by a group of like-minded persons under Shri Shankara Goshala Trust, the place provides shelter to 92 cows/bullocks that were either found abandoned on the streets or rescued from butchers.

“Once brought here, the rescued animal will be given the much needed care, food, shelter and medical attention till its natural death,” S. Ramanathan, one of the trustees, told The Hindu .

At the goshala, the animals are periodically vaccinated and fed with sumptuous feed that include nutrient-rich cattle feed, vitamin tablets, rice bran and oil cakes.

“It is sad that 17 lakh cows are still killed in our country every year even though the therapeutic value of products from cow including its milk, urine and dung are widely tapped in the preparation of medicines or used as farm manure,” pointed out Mr. Ramanathan, who is a textile businessman by profession.

The trust, which runs the goshala, depends mainly on donations from animal lovers and contributions made by people during auspicious days. People who wish to donate for the cause could contact the goshala at 90039-26542.

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