The mission of our newest project – Animal People Alliance – is to provide high quality employment to survivors and high quality care for animals in need. To achieve these goals, we are creating a national network to train and employ survivors in veterinary nursing and animal care, and to place them in jobs at animal welfare programs across India.
TRAVEL TO INDIA WITH MADE BY SURVIVORS, Sept. 30- Oct. 9, to learn more about animal issues in India, meet the women and children we serve, see our programs for survivors, and visit Sikkim, a glorious Himalayan kingdom with an innovative and successful animal welfare system. Click here to see the brochure or email email@example.com for more information.
In South Asia, there are millions of neglected animals on the street. In many cities, like Calcutta, there are very few animal services and those that do exist are unable to provide enough basic help for all the suffering and homeless animals. Local communities are overwhelmed by the problem, and in many cases, street animals are stigmatized and badly abused as a result. In poor neighborhoods, there is often a disinterest about the suffering of animals, or a sense of powerlessness that people can do anything to help them.
People too are suffering in this region, like the women and children in our programs, who are victims of human trafficking and other severe forms of gender violence. Poverty and the lack of job options, especially for women, is a root cause of exploitation. In order to be safe and independent, survivors need high quality jobs that can raise their social status.
We are partnering with existing animal shelters throughout India to train survivors in animal care, and to place them in jobs at animal shelters. Our survivors will lead workshops in schools and communities, changing the consciousness for future generations, and raising awareness about the value of human relationships with animals and the need to treat animals humanely.
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