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Karuna Society for Animals and Nature

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: It is our mission to relieve the suffering of animals and nature in our immediate environment, to counteract the abuse and destruction of life and earth, to restore the Oneness of all Life in the Universe, and to grow in awareness of the above in ourselves and to act upon it.

Results: The rescue, treatment and care of thousands of animals and educating hundreds in the rights of animals and preservation of nature.

Target demographics: Nature and all her creatures, with the hope of reducing animal suffering

Direct beneficiaries per year: 520 permanent residents (dogs, cats, large animals, and wildlife ), in-and out-patient care to 960 dogs & 30 cats, ABC (sterilisations) to 342 dogs & 78 cats, medical treatment for 126 cattle and one plastic cow surgery. We also and campaigned against the use of animals in sports, zoos, hunting, genetic engineering, vivisection and other practices where animals are subjected to enormous suffering.

Geographic areas served: Puttaparthi, India

Programs: providing free medical care and shelter to relieve the suffering of animals, promoting a vegetarian lifestyle and ecological agriculture, and raising awareness against cruelty to animals as well as their rights.

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I watch Karuna Society operate on a daily basis, and know them to be a most dedicated and sacrificing set of people. The animals come FIRST in their lives without exception. Everything they do is done with so much love and concern for the animals. No matter what the challenges, they face them all with fortitude and perseverance. Anyone who is looking for a genuine loving non-profit society to donate to, they couldn't find a better one than Karuna. I do know this organization does fantastic work to heal the animals they find, doing surgeries to remove plastic from cows, and also surgeries to control dog and cat populations. Mostly they do tremendous seva giving a happy healthy life to maimed and permanently injured animals, mostly dogs.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have not been to the Karuna shelter but I do know one of the trustees who is a very dedicated person and am confident that all animals are well looked after and cared for in any and every illness. They give of their time and energy for the voiceless and defenceless and donating to the society is knowing that your money is well spent. Animals too need care and love which these dedicated people give in large measure!!

Donor

Rating: 5

“All beings are manifestations of the Cosmic Divine. The forms are different but the spirit that animates them all is One, like the current that illumines bulbs of different colours and wattage. Cultivate this feeling of oneness…. Dedicate your lives to the service of your fellow-beings. Thereby you will be redeeming your lives.” Sri Sathya Sai Baba

I have been a joyful witness to the wonderful selfless service Karuna Society is rendering with immense love and compassion to our animal friends and the very source of our sustenance – the environment, for many years. Their unceasing commitment to relieve suffering of animals has always had an inspirational and transformational impact on me and perhaps on many others who have actually seen the Karuna team’s ceaseless, untiring and joyful efforts to rescue and serve our fellow beings in the animal kingdom.

May the divine work that great Nonprofits like Karuna Society for Animals and Nature are doing continue to grow and flourish.

dmoncrief

Donor

Rating: 5

My organization, A Well-Fed World, has provided several grants in support of Karuna's life-saving work.

Most recently for their surgeries that save cows who have ingested plastic and debris from "grazing" on landfills with their "Plastic Cow Project."

We also provided emergency funds when they provided sanctuary to 146 unexpected cows, calves and buffalo rescued on their way to slaughter.

They also share their resources, like well water, with local villagers.

Their work is incredible and Clementien is a non-stop force for good.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a long time resident of puttaparthy i have observed tremendous improvement in the conditions of street dogs and other animals in and around puttaparthy. Due to karuna's sincere efforts and aggressive sterilization program, the number of street dogs has been greatly reduce. Regular rabies vaccination drives conducted by Karuna are keeping other humans and animals safe.

I am happy to know Karuna Society and I appreciate very much the work they do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a resident of Puttaparthi, I have wittnessed the wonderful work done by Karuna Society for the Animals here and neighbouring area. Example The Plastic Cow project compaign against the abuse of plastic bags which are a hazard to cattle and the environment. I wish them more success in their work and hope that more and more people will support them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a relentless and wonderful loving job the Karuna Society has been doing on behalf of the Voiceless ones: the hundreds of plastic eating cows, the buffaloes, the unwanted discarded dogs and cats, all these most beautiful souls mercilessly left to roam the streets of life ! The karuna Society has been a champion of sustained fierce service to all of them, in spite of the incredible difficulties they have often met with ! It is because of their COMPASSION, of their high spirit of commitment to the Noble Cause of loving,of helping, of raising the quality of life of our Siblings in animal forms, throughout India, that THE KARUNA SOCIETY DESERVES NOW TOP RECOGNITION FOR ALL THEY HAVE DONE, ON BEHALF OF US ALL. They have given all their time,
efforts, sacrificing their entire life to raise our Awareness towards what should be a naturally enshrined humanness deep in the core of our Being: Animal Welfare of the highest order, with the immense respect and love that Animals, like Humans, are entitled to as part of the perfect God`s Creation.

PLEASE LET US ALL STAND TO HONOUR KARUNA SOCIETY FOR ANIMALS AND NATURE !

In the service of Love, Truth, Justice and of "Unity in Oneness "

Luciana

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an exceptional charity doing such important work which not only helps care for the animals in the region but also trains and supports the people who depend upon the animals for their livelihood. Selfless, kind and compassionate staff who work tirelessly to care and heal sick and injured animals with a very underfunded budget.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is with pleasure and gratitude that I nominate Karuna Society for Animals and Nature in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, India for the "Great Nonprofits Top-Rated Awards". Never before have I had the opportunity to witness such loving and dedicated care for animals, both domesticated and 'wild', who are in distress and/or whose lives and well-being are threatened. Both the organization's leadership as well as its employees provide selfless service to these sentient beings in need. It is hearf-rendering to witness the situation of these animals, who would otherwise experience a painful death, and heart-filling to witness their empathetic treatment and care.
Peter Pruzan
Professor emeritus
Copenhagen Business School
Denmark

Donor

Rating: 5

I nominate Karuna Society for Animals & Nature at Puttaparthi, India, for The Great Nonprofits Top-Rated Award as over the years I have seen their love & selfless service towards animals big & small of different kinds. They are very active in rescuing & rehabilitating animals, sterilization of street dogs & cats to control their uncontrolled population growth, treating animals for their various ailments & surgeries for animals that have been involved in accidents. They try to maximize their resources & plough it all into their work.

I specially like their creativity in growing farm produce without using chemicals or pesticides and then selling these products (green & salad vegetables , spirulina, etc.) to make extra money for their cause of protecting the animals & nature. I wish this Society all the very best in their future endeavours .

Donor

Rating: 5

Karuna is there to take care of any animal in need. Karuna not only provides food and medicine for the animals, the volunteers pour abundant love for each and every animal. A person who cares for an animal in any form is a very happy individual and you can see that on the face of the workers and volunteers of Karuna.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Karuna Society is doing the most wonderful work. They help hundreds of wounded and homeless animals, steet dogs, monkeys, cats and a host of other creatures and provide sanctuary and protection for cows and cattle bound for slaughter. They vaccinate, sterilise, treat illness and offer a safe haven for so many voiceless ones at the mercy of human cruelty. However, the most amazing work they are doing is in treating some of India's plastic cows.........cows who are sadly left to wander the streets fending for themselves. They end up scavenging and ingesting plastic bags which once held food in an effort to feed themselves. This causes them excrutiating pain and untold suffering. The Karuna Society has operated on many such cows, removing the plastic, in one case as much as 70 kilos of it. They are also involved in educating people in how to look after their animals and how not to pollute the environment.....as well as campaigning to raise awareness about environmental issues. They need all the help they can to keep going as their work is invaluable and not enough others are doing it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to Karuna Society several times - to learn, to get my dog treated and to see their progress. I have always been impressed by this organisation just because of the sheer numbers of animals that are looked after, and their cleanliness, no kill policy and the fact that most animals are not in cages and are allowed to live in a natural way.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Each time I visit Karuna, I feel blessed to be able to witness first-hand the meaning of the phrase "compassion in action". What one sees at Karuna is unconditional love for the animals, something that is so rare to find in our world today. Whether it is taking care of injured and neglected animals from the area, or even spreading awareness within the community about crucial animal welfare issues, Karuna addresses a range of activities that go towards bringing back dignity to the lives of animals. If true change must come about in society with respect to the way animals are treated by humans, it would have to be a change at many levels, including urging people to THINK about animals differently - bringing compassion back into people's perspectives about animals. Karuna is doing splendid work in this field, and my prayer for them is that they go from strength to strength. Thank you, Karuna, on behalf of all the animals whose lives you have brightened with your love - I'm sure they send you many blessings each day!

~ Sai Ganesh Nagpal, New Delhi (saiganesh9@gmail.com)

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Karuna Society for Animals & Nature for over 13 years as a Trustee and Vice-President of the organization.

Since its inception in 2000, with the support of a dedicated team and its well-wishers, the organization has grown from rescue and care of small animals to care of large animals (including wild life) and organic farming. Karuna Society has alleviated the suffering of numerous animals, helped local farmers save their sick cattle, raised awareness in animal welfare, organic farming, health foods and compassionate living.

Besides providing free medical care to all types of animals in Puttaparthi and surrounding areas as well as life time shelter to disabled animals, Karuna Society has provided employment to more than 30 locals, thus ensuring the well-being of their families.

Through our humane education program we have reached out to several school students to encourage them towards a compassionate and ethical lifestyle.

I feel blessed and honored to be part of this dynamic non-profit organization and am grateful for all the support it has received from our well-wishers. It has indeed been a fulfilling and enriching experience for me and I look forward to many more fruitful years with Karuna Society, serving this noble cause and contributing to every endeavor to make this planet a kinder and safer place for all creatures, great and small.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Considering India's laws to protect animals and the environment are so lacking, the Karuna Society's work is of paramount importance! Their existence heightens awareness of the issues, and their love, care, and dedication is so important! Continued success!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Over the years I have had several contacts with Karuna since I have been making several trips a year to Prashanthi Nilayam. There was once a dog who decided to give birth to puppies between the 2 buildings I was staying in and I would hear her puppies crying at night. Fearful that she and her pups would be hurt and were not getting enough food I contacted Karuna and after giving me some advice over the phone they were kind enough to come over to scope out the situation. Another time, after darshan a bird had gotten caught in a ladies saree and got injured. I was able to bring it to Karuna and were willing to keep watch over it and released it into their protected garden. Yet another time, there was a very sick dog with a large open wound lingering around the shopping area in the ashram and after contacting Karuna, someone came and took it to them. As it turned out, that dog had had surgery earlier and the wound had opened and became infected so they treated it until it was well. WIth so many animals in need it is only fitting that a group called "karuna" would've taken up in Puttaparthi.

1 Sonera J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Karuna society reminds us of our intimate relationships with nonhuman others and in general the inter-connected web of life we are all implicated in. It is a meaningful organization that calls us to venerate the earth and her creatures as sacred. Any one sensitive to the issues of animal rights, ecological destruction, organic farming and sustainable living would appreciate the Karuna society.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have visited Karuna at Puttaparthi and was saddened by so many destitute animals. However I was pleased to witness this dedicated organization helping the animals.
You have my full support.
Keep up God's good work

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a German woman ( so please excuse my English) and have worked at Karuna as a volunteer in 2011,2012 and 2013 for 4-5 weeks every year and I loved it very much, although it was sometimes very hard to see that it was not possible to cure a beloved animal or to see mistreated animals. But then I think of Clementin, the Founder, who has to look at this suffering for years and years and never giving up and I admire her deeply for this. I think, that Puttaparthy is the only place in India where you don't see starving and wounded Dogs running in the streets and that is because of her Sterilisation Program,which takes place every Saturday.
Clementin is a true Animallover, no matter what kind of animal, if it comes to Karuna, it will get the best Treatment that Karuna provides. All the other Reviews have written about her other Kind of work like education about nature and animals, the Plastic Cow Program, her Farm, so think, I don't have to repeat this except that it would be great if you could Support this amazing Organisation. Warm regards Sylvia

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every winter, for the last 7 years, I visited Putta Parhti where I have worked as a volunteer at the Karuna Hospital. For me it is evident that everyone who works there does it with lots of love and compassion day-in day-out. They care for a fast array of animals (dogs, cats, monkeys, snakes, camel, cows, donkeys and so on.) There is also a dog sterilization as well as a "plastic cow" program.
Please give them your support, they really deserve it!