For Immediate Release:
20 March 2019
Garima Jain; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Couple Celebrate Son Arin’s Birthday by Adopting a Pup Rescued by PETA India Just Before Holi
Mumbai – As India gets ready to celebrate the festival of colours – Holi – Bollywood superstar Madhuri Dixit and her husband, Dr Shriram Nene, are adding colour to a dog’s life, too. When the celebrity couple heard from their pals at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India about an abandoned puppy who was rescued by the group, they immediately decided to help by adopting him. The timing was perfect: he was adopted on their son Arin’s birthday. This isn’t the first time the family have given a home to a dog in need. Their dog Riya, who passed away, was also adopted. Two more rescued puppies in need of permanent, loving homes are still with PETA India.
Photos of the couple with their new puppy are available upon request.
“Abandoning a companion dog or cat is the cruellest thing to do. I’m happy we will be able to give this pup a new lease of life,” says Dixit. “I join PETA India in urging everyone who has the time, space, and resources to give a dog a lifetime of care to adopt from the street or a shelter instead of buying one.”
“Madhuri and Shriram have always stepped up to help animals in distress, including by calling PETA India whenever they see an animal in need,” says PETA India Associate Director Sachin Bangera. “There are so many dogs waiting in shelters for loving homes. When people buy ones deliberately bred for sale instead of adopting those in need, the wonderful dogs at shelters lose a chance to find a good home.”
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – also warns buyers that “pedigree” dogs have been purposely bred to have certain exaggerated physical traits such as small noses and drooping backs, making them especially susceptible to many health problems, including hip dysplasia, heart defects, epilepsy, and eye and ear infections. In contrast, Indian “community” dogs often have a wonderful demeanour, are hardy and resilient, and aren’t predisposed to health problems.
This isn’t the first time Dixit has teamed up with PETA India to help animals. She’s helped rescue puppies who were drenched in rain and come to the aid of a crow entangled in a wire. And after learning that elephants were being mercilessly killed in Assam, she sent a letter on behalf of PETA India to officials in that region.
Dixit and Nene’s production debut, Marathi film 15th August, will be released on Netflix on 29 March.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.