Two summers ago I was able to visit India, my home country, to learn dance from my teacher's Guru and perform at over 7 prestigious events in a two week time period. The trip was amazing except for one fact... witnessing the countless stray animals barely living in the streets. I was heartbroken and did as much as I could when I was there, giving them my food and finding some extra food for their family. However, I couldn't do much more as I was leaving in a month. But I decided that I really wanted to make a difference.
This past school year, I have been contacting various animal welfare organizations in India. I have successfully partnered with one shelter called PAWS. They are very in touch with animal needs and rights. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to work there. I am raising money, hopefully over $10,000 to spay and neuter stray animals in India. This hopefully stop the reproduction of homeless dogs and cats in a humane way. These pets will be spayed and neutered, cared for, and given rabies protection, then released back from where they were picked up. I will also be working at the shelter over the summer to learn and take care of the animals. Over the two week period, I will also visit approximately five schools giving presentations about animal welfare. It is a common social feeling in India to be not care about animals, however with even a few presentations we can change some attitudes of children. I will also be promoting the programs and shelter, hopefully raising some adoption rates.
I am holding a raffle in school and placing collection cans all over my town to raise money for this cause.