New Delhi: India’s opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has urged people to donate money to take care of abandoned animals during the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

On his Instagram page, Dhawan posted a video on Friday (May 22). He requested everyone to help ‘People For Animals Uttarakhand’.

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“With the Lockdown being in its 4th phase, we are all facing many hardships. After the holy yatras were cancelled, a lot of horses, donkeys and mules have been abandoned by their owners as they can’t look after them,” Dhawan wrote.

“They are badly injured and are looking for food and shelter. People For Animals Uttarakhand has established a shelter for them in which they are rescuing all the abandoned ones and providing them with food and proper veterinary treatment. I ask you to open your hearts and help People For Animals Uttarakhand in this cause @pfa.uttarakhand @pfa.official,” he added.

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People for Animals (PFA) is building a rehabilitation centre for abandoned equines. PFA Uttarakhand said it had rescued many equines and providing them shelter, food and medical care. However, the numbers have increased due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and PFA is building a rehabilitation centre for them.

Last month, Dhawan had made donation to help feed animals during the lockdown. The Delhi player had said, “PAWSITIVE HEARTS is an initiative launched by PFA in order to overcome the problem of starvation among animals. (Link in bio). People For Animals will be the platform for the organisations and independents who are looking for food for feeding animals.

“Let us all join our hands and spread some positivity and a sense of belongingness towards these unheard living beings, who are fighting their own battle. Note - Contributions to the cause will be eligible for Tax Exemption U/S 80G (sic).”