I visited India in October of 2016 and had heard about Wildlife SOS through friends. After researching both the sloth bear and elephant sanctuaries, I knew I needed to visit this place. Ultimately time allowed a visit just to the elephant sanctuary in Agra. This visit rocked my world and changed me in a way I cannot explain, unless you've experienced it for yourself. I will never forget my time there and the effect it had on me. I have nothing but admiration for the staff and volunteers of Wildlife SOS. What they do comes from a place of passion and caring. They have given these magnificent creatures the respect and life that they deserve and should of always had. Thank you Wildlife SOS for who you are and what you stand for and continue to fight the good fight!
I have been donating monthly to Wildlife SOS for about a year now and no plans to stop. This organization is amazing. I first noticed Wildlife SOS on social media, one of the things I noticed was that despite a very difficult and frustrating job of rescuing and caring for animals their posts are always positive and upbeat. I never skip over their posts on social media and even when they are sad posts they find some good to share. Rescuing animals at any level and in any place is an incredibly hard thing to do. I am so grateful for the dedication and transparency of this organization. I hope they are around for a very long time.
I can't say enough about the wonders Wildlife SOS does for animals and people as well. They approach challenges with a 360 perspective and delve into the root of human/ animal conflicts by finding creative solutions. They have tremendous courage and perseverance in carrying out rescues, and set a positive role model for other organizations to follow. Their staff is knowledgeable and professional, always looking good for ways to resolve complex issues. The care they bring to their rescued animals, and sometimes even their keepers, is admirable. One of the best wildlife rescue organizations in the world. It is the reason I choose to volunteer my time with them.
I've been volunteering for Wildlife SOS for two years now. This is how I choose to spend my free time, because I love how the organization operates. They don't just confiscate animals, they look deeper... to the root of the problem and look for solutions that will have ongoing, far-reaching effects. Wildlife SOS is not just about saving animals, but changing the world.
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.
Kartick and Geeta have dedicated their lives to save the dancing bears (sloth bears) and the other animals of India. Their dedication and love for animals shines through in all of their work. They started WSOS with a goal to save all of the dancing bears by 2010. So far, in just 7 years they have saved 525. I have been infused with new hope and optimism by their results. And, their actions have inspired me to become fully involved in saving these bears.
I worked at Wildlife SOS as an intern at their Delhi office for 3 months. The amount of ambition in this organisation is astounding. Wildlife SOS already has several animal sancturaries around India saving every type of animal imaginable, ranging from birds, bears, cows, horses, snakes, leopards, bats, monkeys, and elephants. Their work involes a co-ordination of sting operations and informats for wildlife injustices, 24hr rescue hotlines, running several animal sancturaries and education for children and adults alike.
I found WildlifeSOS on Twitter. I am now following them. They Tweet the plight of the abused, disadvantaged & neglected wildlife as if each were their own. Compassion is shown with each message they Tweet. Individual animals are addressed and success and loss is shared with the Tweeter World. They are Educators and Saviors of the Animal Kingdom. Thank You Wildlife SOS for showing the world compassion and love for the animal kingdom. Without the wildlife, our world would never be the same. "Silence" would be the Sound of the Wild.
I've worked in animal welfare for the last decade, and have never been so impressed as I was the first time I visited India and saw the work of Wildlife SOS. Their dedication is unparalleled, and they achieve so much with so few resources.
I have always felt deeply about wildlife conservation, environment protection and animal welfare but didnt find much opportunity to do something about it. But a chance meeting with Geeta Seshamani in 1998 got me involved with her work and now for the last 11 years, volunteering with Wildlife SOS (WSOS) as well as my capacity as a donor, has made me do substantial amount of constructive work towards the cause that is closest to my heart. They have a brilliant team of field workers, who are expertly trained and very passionate about the cause. There is never a moment in time when WSOS is not on the field rescuing endangered indegenious species, preserving habitat, saving lives, providing alternate employment to poaching communities. I volunteer for them time to time mostly on backend support. I also donate and coordinate with my peer for donations etc. I think WSOS is an extremely efficient organization in their field and need all the support they can get. I would go as far as to say that I think Wildlife SOS is the only hope for Indian wildlife.