Pet abandonment has become quite prevalent in India and the reasons behind them are quite preposterous. Anyone who gives up on their dogs because of pregnancy, allergies or other reasons, should read this story!
The WOMAN of our story is Ms. Sanjana Madappa.
Read her story in her own words below:
Sanjana on her new baby, “I’m sure Ayan would grow up to be a healthy and a compassionate human being, Those breeds are pretty rare these days.”
“Being in animal welfare, one of the most common reasons I hear for giving up a pet is ‘ I’m pregnant’. When I have tried to counsel these families, I get it thrown back in my face that since I don’t have children and haven’t experienced a pregnancy, I don’t get to have an opinion. So last year in April, my ever supportive husband and I decided to see what the fuss was about.
I had an unreasonably difficult pregnancy. For the first 6 months, I was glued to my toilet, even hospitalized because I was throwing up blood. The morning sickness really took a toll on me and I didn’t think I would make it to the end of the pregnancy. I had a few weeks of respite before issues from a car accident four years ago started cropping up. My pregnancy became a high risk one for pre-term delivery and I was restricted to the confines of my home. I cannot even begin to describe all the thoughts that went through my head but what I can tell you is this; not once did I think ‘ hmmm my dogs have got to go.’
My dogs are the reason I got through my pregnancy with my sanity intact. The days I spent crying, I had the comforting weight of Diegos head on my lap reassuring me things would be OK. The nights I spent on the bathroom floor, Leo kept me company, gently pawing me now and then to see if I was okay. I lost a very special little girl along the way, Leela, who kept me smiling with her silly antics till the end. When I could finally fall asleep, I had Cujo resting at my feet. I couldn’t afford to stay in bed feeling sorry for myself when I had these kids depending on me.
8 months later, my son Ayan was born and I can’t think of anything that could have prepared me as well for motherhood as my furry kids. I was told by family, friends and even my doctor to get rid of my dogs, that my baby came first. I was told the same things that all those people who have given up pets tell me. To all those people I can just say this. I couldn’t ever in good conscience give away an animal that loves me and trusts me with the same innocence and purity that my baby does. I couldn’t abandon a family member to bring in another. I will not betray a life that depends on me as much as my son does. To all those people I will always say, NOT WITHOUT MY DOGS.”
PC- Bharghavi Naveen
It is amazing and inspiring isn’t it? We salute her for taking a stand for her dogs. Not giving in to the social pressures and giving up her dogs is what makes her our HERO! We hope everyone reading this story will be inspired and do not consider abandoning their pets EVER.
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