Animal lover Imran Khan plans a farmville for strays

Updated: Jun 14, 2010, 21:19 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: Bollywood’s latest pin-up boy Imran Khan is up for a cause worth supporting. The thinking actor wants to set up a farm for stray animals at a plot of land he owns in Mumbai.

Apparently it seems Imran cannot see hostility against innocent animals and atrocities against them makes his heart twinge. Setting up of farm is perhaps the most righteous way to contribute towards abandoned animals and cute little puppies.

A source close to the actor said, “Like his uncle (Aamir), Imran loves animals and has grown up around them. The young actor had even adopted a male Labrador puppy last year. Imran tracked down the owner of the puppy who didn`t want to keep it anymore and took it to his own home in Pali Hill at Bandra. And now, he wants open an animal shelter for strays in Panvel and is exploring various options on how to go about it.”

Imran, who himself owns two dogs and three cats at his Bandra bungalow, says, “Yes, I have land in Panvel which I`m developing as an animal shelter. The aim is to be able to take care of any kind of animal, and I want to have a vet on staff permanently. As of now, I`m funding it entirely by myself, but I`m hoping to tie up with a larger organisation so that I can expand further.”

About the financial issue regarding setting up of a farm, Imran says, “I haven`t really thought about additional funding, right now I`m focused on getting started and even my family has always had pets and we`ve always rescued animals. This is just an extension of that.”

Well, his efforts are sure to benefit a lot of stray animals, besides earning him new found admiration from his fans.