Stray animals need all the help they can get – and every organization providing such care is not only incredibly precious but most often simply indispensable in the fight to make the lives of street animals better. One of such organizations is Jaagruti, a private trust from Delhi.
Jaagruti Trust was created by Vasudha Mehta, her brother Vivek, and mother Neeru in 2009. Their vision was to “inform, inspire, and share” – “Jaagruti” means “Awakening” in Hindi. The initial start of the project might have seemed like a small step, but, in fact, it was anything but that – now more than 2,000 street animals owe their lives to Jaagruti’s work!
The aim of the home-run trust is to provide onsite first-aid treatment for stray dogs suffering from injuries or maggot infections. To help the animals, Jaagruti works with a team of para-veterinary consultants and trained veterinary pharmacists.
The initial spark for starting the organization goes a long way back for Vasudha who, together with her family, used to look out for many stray dogs when she was younger. She recalls one special dog, Bhooru, who was with them for seven years and inspired all the more love for dogs in need. “I guess it all started there,” Vasudha told
“I guess it all started there,” Vasudha told The Better India, “right from the conscious feeling about the state of street animals.”
The siblings would often find that many strays were simply vanishing from the streets. The animals were being picked up for sterilization, but what was happening tot hem later remained unknown. Later, they found that the dogs were being dropped off at random locations, which resulted in further deaths. It was then that Vasudha and her brother began to take some of the dogs from their area into their own car for sterilization, after which they would take them back to the same place they had come from.
In 2004, Vasudha began to work with an animal welfare organization, learning more and more about stray animals’ lives. Then, in 2009, she and her brother began writing a blog publishing articles voicing concerns about municipality-driven sterilization and offering some basic first-aid measures for encountered animals in need. Soon, Vasudha found herself running a helpline where people could report cases. Finding that sterilization alone is not enough, they began giving dogs first-aid treatment.
Vasudha emphasizes how important her family is in what she is doing – she attributes her success to her mother for her support and her brother for always being a partner in good deeds.
Jaagruti’s work for stray animals is priceless – for so many of them, literally life-saving – but that is still not all that the organization is engaging in. In 2011, the siblings also started a venture involving paper recycling services. Since then, they have partnered with over 300 corporate and government organizations!
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