Sept 2012

Founder’s Note

   

“Be the change you want to see in this world” - a quote by Mahatma Gandhi, one of India's leaders.

I have been in the animal movement for about 2 years now and it has been quite a journey. Like many of you, I was angry, shocked, frustrated and wanted to make a difference and do something about this maddening cruelty.

Over time, it felt like what I was doing just wasn't enough or wasn't making a difference. If I had raised funds and donated it to a Goshala of 400 cows, I would later read somewhere that thousands of cows were being cruelly slaughtered for leather and beef after they were used for their milk. If I was working day and night trying to change the minds of state department heads, I would hear of other policies that were introduced and counter-productive. If we were out leafleting, spreading awareness about animals used in mindless experiments, 99% of the leaflets would be strewn on the floor.

It just felt like it wasn't even a drop in the ocean. And in addition to that, I had turned into a person who was always angry and dejected about the state of affairs and that was not helping anybody. Over the past few months, I have had to counsel myself into helping the animals, but with a positive mindset.

Over the past few weeks, I have started to live by the above slogan - be the change you want to see in the world. I have had to deflate my ego into thinking I could change the world. If I want the world to be more positive, I should be more positive. If I want the world to be less cruel, I should be less cruel to the people around me no matter what their status. If I want the world to be more respectful to the animal world, I should be more respectful to all the living beings in this world.

Dear readers, I can only ask you, after reading this, as you go about your daily life's activites, to just be a little more consciously aware of the choices you make. When you go shopping, the item you pick up (eg. leather belts or woolen sweaters), was it made by inflicting pain on another being, whether an animal or a child? When you buy your groceries; was suffering inflicted on those items before they reached those shelves and have you taken a re-usable bag with you to carry your things home? Just thinking and being aware about these things is already the first step in helping the animals who suffer for our materialistic desires.
I hope together with our collective positive attitudes, we can try and make this world a better place.
Namaste

India for Animals 2012

   

The Federation of Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) will be organizing the 2nd India for Animals Conference this later this year. Save the dates: November 16-18 in the beachy town of Goa. The conference will bring together all the animal organizations and activists who tirelessly work for the betterment of the animals under one roof.  There will be panel sessions, workshops and an exhibition. For more details, log on to their website www.fiapo.org

Animal Communication

I am pleased to share with you that Happy Foundation now offers sessions in Animal Communication. Have you ever been curious to know what your pet is thinking? Or has your pet started behaving slightly differently lately and you are not able to make out why? Or has your pet recently been diagnosed with an illness and you just want to know how it is feeling? Or would you just like to have a general chat with your pet friend and get to know him better? 100% of the proceeds will be given to The Happy Foundation to help various animal causes. For more details on setting up a session, click on www.happyfoundationforanimals.org/animalCommunications.html

Radha Surabhi Goshala     Donate

Dear readers, many of you are familiar with this project by now as we have mentioned them a few times in our past newsletters. Thanks to the hard work of a couple of volunteers, donations have been coming in for this particular project and we have been able to pass them on to the goshala so that food and medicines are bought for the cows that reside there. Because the goshala houses mostly sick and physically injured cows, their monthly expenses are higher than other goshalas. Donations are required for food, bandages, medicines and salaries for the 20 odd staff that work there. Happy Foundation is 80G certified and all donors will receive a 50% tax exemption on all donations.

 

Mealtime at the Radha Surabhi Gaushala

Sudevi who has made it her life purpose
to serve injured and sick cows

The staff at Radha Surabhi Goshala

 

People for Animals, Faridabad

We have added one more animal welfare organization to our list that we help raise funds for. Located in the growing township of Faridabad, PFA Faridabad handles large volumes of cases that happen on a daily basis from cruelty to accident cases. In addition to that, they organize sterilization programmes for street dogs to help control the population, wildlife rescue and rehabilitation as well as organizing workshops in schools to increase awareness towards stray animals. PFA Faridabad currently requires funds to purchase a hydrolic jack for their new animal ambulance. This will help them to load and unload the injured animals on and off the ambulance in a smooth manner. For more information, you may log on to their website http://www.pfafaridabad.com/index.html

 

 

Animal Ambulance

 

Main entrance of the Shelter

 

 

 

 

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Namaste

 

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