Action for Animal Welfare: An NGO by students of LSR

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Action for Animal Welfare (AAW) is an apolitical, non-profit organization co-founded by Shreya Gandhi and Saachi Bhatia, students of Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University.

AAW was set up with the objective of generating awareness about the legal rights of abandoned as well as domesticated animals. It aids various animal welfare organisations and small shelter homes to raise funds and works as a space for young policy makers, environmentalists and enthusiastic animal lovers to share their views on animal protection and suggest fruitful policy changes.

Very recently the NGO organised a cultural event called ‘Potpourri’ at Bandstand, Hauz Khas, to raise funds for animal welfare organisation. It had multifarious activities like slam poetry, interaction with spirited novelists and music performances to keep the crowd engaged. It was their first large scale event which helped them raise approximately 20,000 for a good cause.

Action for Animal Welfare's event, Potpourri.
A performer at Action for Animal Welfare’s cultural event, Potpourri.


In the past they have conducted two collection drives – at Sri Venkateswara College and Lady Shri Ram College for Women to help stop the shut down of Friendicoes, a Delhi-based animal welfare NGO. A total of 120 articles in the form of blankets, old collars, rice, milk, biscuits, antiseptic liquids etc. were collected and successfully donated.

They had also conducted a protest march in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations (FIAPO) on International Justice Day to demand legal rights for animals and a street play was organised at Panchsheel Colony to spread awareness about the harmful effects of crackers on animals during Diwali.

They are working harder every day to help animals out of the sheer love they have for them.

“We had begun our initiative around March 2015, post our exams. We have seen our organisation grow from just the two of us to over ten volunteers that work with us today. Right now, we are focused on expanding our organisation by aiming to provide ground force to more NGOs. We also want to help the smaller shelter homes which may be run by individuals just out of pure compassion for animals by providing them with volunteers, financial aid or any sort of help they require” said the co0founders Saachi Bhatia and Shreya Gandhi.

You can check out their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ActionforAnimalWelfare/

Image Credits: Action for Animal Welfare

Nishita Agarwal

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