An oncologist passionate about animal welfare
Dr. Shambhavi Sharma is an animal lover and climate change activist. A radiation oncologist by profession, Shambhavi’s heart beats for poor animals. She has helped relocate or adopt several animals in dire conditions.
Growing up in a few small towns, she witnessed the harmony between small town dwellers and nature. The animals are treated with love there and are often fed by the regular morning walkers. The scenario is not the same in metropolitan cities where people don’t really care about stray animals. From horse-drawn carriages to exotic birds kept as pets, the sight of animal cruelty is not appalling but also inhumane. This caught Shambhavi’s attention, and she got involved in the process of rehabilitating and nurturing them.
As a busy doctor herself, Shambhavi says, “You don’t really need to do much for these animals. Something as small as just feeding them in your spare time can go a long way. Not to mention, if you really care about these animals, you can go a step ahead and adopt them too. It’s so much better than adopting from a pet store. You get a pet to love, and they get a new home. A win-win situation for both parties involved.
Shambhavi is actively involved in organizations such as Voice of Stray Dogs and Wildlife Rescue. Voice of Stray Dogs is a Bangalore-based organization that has rescued and rehabilitated thousands of stray dogs. Wildlife Rescue helps save raptors from buildings and commercial complexes, all with their own money. Shambhavi also helped rescue several raptors from his hospital with their help.
She firmly believes that you don’t have to be associated with an organization to take care of animals. The key is not to mistreat them or consider them secondary life forms. Reverse your roles with them and think of them as sentient beings with feelings. This will help prevent hideous and cruel acts like throwing stones at stray animals.
Shambhavi says, “Small gestures like putting a bowl of water in the summer for the birds is something we are all capable of doing. Acts like these help us do our part for these animals and also help us become a better human.
In a country like India, the mistreatment of animals and the sight of strays in hostile conditions are commonplace. To protect these animals from torture, young people like Shambhavi are a beacon of hope and the promise of a better future.
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