October 21, 2009
I have been interested in animal welfare for a long time now. I still remember visiting Agra in 2002 and being deeply disturbed by the sight and plight of the dancing bears lining the road between Delhi and Agra. I was desperate to do something but had no idea where to start, so imagine my delight at discovering WSOS and the initiative to rescue the dancing bears in India. I had the pleasure of visiting their sanctuary in Bangalore in 2006 and given a complete tour by Dr. Arun. It is such a safe and fantastic haven for the poor animals and I salute all those involved in this initiative. What struck me most was that the people who make these bears dance are just as reluctant to see them suffer, but see no other options to earn a livelihood. Wildlife SOS has a wonderful strategy in tackling the root of the problem - they have trained these people so they can either set up and run small businesses or continue to work with the bears, this time for their absolute welfare. This has made all the difference in tackling this issue and rescuing the bears.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
seeing lots of happy bears enjoying their safe and comfortable haven. It was just before feeding time when I visited and a delight to see lots of bears making their way to the main building to get fed!
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
their strategy of including education and awareness tackles the root of the problem of animal welfare and conservation in India.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
absolutely fantastic. Very dedicated and well-informed.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
improve the plight of animals all over the world, especially in developing countries like India.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Donor & I donated money towards a pool for the bears at the Bannerghatta Reserve in Bangalore.