Love for animals is universal, and there are good people helping animals all over the world.
An animal advocate since childhood, I started helping animal groups in India in 1998. It was on a visit to India in 2003 that I discovered the existing animal welfare groups of people helping animals against all odds. I was so deeply impressed by the many ways these dedicated people were making a difference for the animals of India that I decided to help in any way I could. In the years since, I have revisited the shelters almost yearly while fundraising and advocating from my home in the United States.
India’s animals and animal protectors face great challenges. But India's constitution asserts that its citizens have a “Duty of Compassion to Animals.” This has resulted in some of the world’s most advanced animal rights and protection laws. And while the enforcement of these laws has been another matter, the Indian animal protection and advocacy groups through their relentless efforts to identify animal law violations and engage with local law enforcement authorities, has repeatedly proven itself up to the task.
In 2008, I founded Help for Animals India, a registered USA nonprofit charity, to facilitate the flow of support for worthy Indian animal protection groups from donors around the world.
Help for Animals India is a labor of love. All travel expenses are self-funded, and neither myself nor any of our volunteers receive a salary. Donations go directly to benefit India’s animals. In India, these funds continue to go a long way. Typical monthly salaries are the equivalent of $500 USD for a veterinarian and $100 USD for shelter or office help. Dog and cat spay/neuter operations average just $12 USD.
Animals everywhere need our love and protection. But when you donate to Help Animals India, your contribution helps many more animals than donations can to organizations in the developed world.
India’s animals have a lot of challenges but there is a lot of hope also. Knowing of all the problems and the potential to make a big difference there I feel I have no choice but to keep on trying my best for them.
Please contact us with your ideas and contributions. India is home to a very large portion of the world 's most needy animals. We have a vital mission — a Duty of Compassion — to improve their lives.
Help Animals India Founder and President
Seattle, Washington, USA