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Anna Kogan, Big Hearts Foundation
I moved to the Netherlands from Russia aged 10 with my parents. Whilst growing up in Russia I was rescuing stray cats and dogs all the time. These remain the most vivid childhood memories. Whilst making a career in London I stumbled across an article about animal cruelty in Russia, dug a bit deeper , and was shocked to find out that things haonly gotten worse since I left. The magnitude of animal abuse by children and adults is appauling. Not a single international charity was working in this huge region of the world to address the companion animal problems. Russia can be very hard to operate in. I had the language, Russian background and the skills.. there was no excuse to not start the Big Hearts Foundation in 2011. I quit banking in summer 2014 to devote myself to the cause full time.