Industry Speak: In Conversation with Sanjana Madappa, Founder - Second Chance Adoption Centre
What motivated you to establish the centre? When was it established? Do you do this full-time?
Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA) set up the second chance adoption centre in 2013. Our team recognised the need for a place that was dedicated specifically towards the rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned dogs in the city. The number of dogs being dumped every single day was increasing and there wasn't enough place in the existing shelters to keep up.
Do you keep other animals as well?
CUPA deals with all types of animals in their different centres. We have six centres spread across the city to help deal with the different kinds of animals that are in distress. Second chance only deals with dogs.
Where are your centres? How can somebody approach you?
Our centres are spread across the city of Bangalore. Our large animal facility is in Kengeri; our trauma centre is in Hebbal, second chance is on Sarjapur Road, we have a private clinic in VT Nagar, a geriatric facility for old and disabled dogs in Mylapanahalli. Our sister concern WRRC (Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center) deals with Urban wildlife and is located in Bannerghatta. We also have two elephants that have been rescued in Mali's. We can be contacted through the details given in our website or the CUPA Facebook page.
What is the number of dogs you currently have? How many have been adopted to date?
We have rescued close to 700 dogs to date and have been able to give a home to approximately 550 of them successfully. At the moment we have an average of 90 dogs at any given point in our shelter.
What is your long term objective? How do you plan on achieving it?
We hope to be able to encourage people to not buy dogs but choose to adopt instead. Especially our very own indies who are treated like pariahs because they don't come with the tag of being a fancy breed. We try and raise awareness as much as we can through social media and articles like this one. People have this misconception that dogs from shelters are sick and old; that they are rejects. This can't be further from the truth. This is what we want people to become more aware of.
A word for our readers?
Give a dog from a shelter a chance. You not only save the life of the dog you adopt but you also free up a space for us to help another dog. The love you will receive from these dogs is incredible. They've been dealt a bad hand in life, and yet they seek to share all the love they have in them, they deserve to get a second chance.