Virat Kohli, the captain of the Indian cricket team and Royal Challengers Bangalore, has become well known for being a relentless run machine for his country. This 28-year old player, who is now an inspiration to many around the world for his discipline and hard work, recently visited Charlie's Animal Rescue Centre (CARE), in Bengaluru and adopted 15 dogs.
It means Kohli will take complete financial responsibility for these dogs and he will always be kept in touch with CARE about the well-being of these 15, which include a few blind, paraplegic, and chronically ill dogs.
CARE took to Facebook to express their enthusiasm on the captain's visit. Here is what the rescue centre said:
It was simply unbelievable this morning to see Virat Kohli's car pulling up inside the gates of CARE. His love for dogs is common knowledge, and the fact that we happened to witness it in its purest form was a wonderful, indescribable feeling. He met Dash at the reception, said hello to Captain, walked around the entire place, keenly listening to our Founder trustee Miss Sudha Narayanan and Dr Lohith talk about CARE. He met our adoption pups George and Snowy and said in no uncertain terms that rescued is his favourite breed. He hoped people would understand that it's always better to adopt than to shop for a companion pet. He also passively adopted 15 dogs at CARE and expressed that we choose those 15 that have special needs, that are paraplegic, blind and chronically ill. It was a magical day for us and we still are reeling from the sudden surprise and would love to thank our youngest volunteer Simone and her mum Meena and dad Avinash Vaidya to have facilitated this meeting. We hope his presence and message will reach the humongous following that he has in our country and we are sure it will make a difference to innumerable lives of animals by this one gesture. We wish the man with a golden heart, Virat Kohli loads of luck on all his endeavours and thank him for making the world a better place for animals.
Sudha Narayanan, trustee, in a chat with Times of India, said,
It was more his efforts than ours. All we knew was that a VIP would be visiting the centre. We weren’t told who. We were asked to keep the place free of any media and have no one there except the staff and trustees.
Another fan who was on a random visit to the centre was ecstatic looking at the star cricketer there. She said,
My favorite place got its first MEGA CELEB visit!! Virat Kohli made Easter special for all the rescued animals at CARE, in addition to passively adopting 15 of the most tragically injured animals.
I hope this receives plenty coverage and people hear the message loud and clear—'Adopt, Dont Shop' and 'Rescued is the Best Breed'.
PS. don't miss Blackie from OPD having a total fan girl moment—the only kind of fan you want clinging to you!
Virat, who's always known for his aggressive gameplay and perfectionism on the ground, also proved to be an inspirational human, with this kind act.