Varanasi or Banaras (also known as Kashi and the City of LIght) is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Mark Twain, who was inspired by the legend and sanctity of Banaras, once wrote:
"Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together"
A popular destination for Hindu devotees and international tourists, this holy city’s streets are populated with countless cows, buffaloes, beautiful Pariah dogs, cats, donkeys, and monkeys.
With few animal welfare services, sick and injured animals are mostly left to fend for themselves. Injured bulls are rarely treated and injured dogs are often left to die by the side of the road. After a life of service, sick and injured donkeys are simply abandoned.