“They Also Have Feelings”
Creature Companions|October 2020
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened, said Anatole France – something that we couldn't agree with more!
Asra Bajaj & Pranjal Tilak

Two teen girls from opposite parts of India on a mission to make an impact on promoting the concept of animal activism and animal welfare – not something you hear every day, right?

Mahatma Gandhi once said that the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. This pushed us to try and make a difference from our shoes. Animal welfare is something that is not taken seriously in our country; laws regarding animal abuse are taken as lightly as a joke, when they clearly shouldn't be! Both of us have been working for animal welfare for a long time and want to make an impact on the thought process of Indian society.

Having met each other through a casual group chat, we interacted and discovered each others’ immeasurable love for animals. Doing something for them had always remained a thought, until one evening we just decided to go for it! We started ‘Paw Patitas’ on August 24, 2020.

WHY ‘PAW PATITAS’?

Because ‘Patitas’ translates to ‘enthusiasts’, thus meaning of the name stands ‘paw enthusiasts’ as both of us are avid animal lovers!

Well, this lockdown had a lot of disadvantages but it also had a positive side. Looking at extra amount of time on hand, we thought this was it. It led us to think about problems strays are facing in this situation, and we had to do something about it.

What if you see a person physically abusing a child? You would raise your voice and not just walk away, right?

Just like the child in that situation if you see a person harming an animal, would you still raise your voice?

Most of the people would just walk away because they don't care. Why do we deprive animals of their fundamental rights?

Animal awareness is really an important concept. As Paw Patitas team, we are trying hard to spread awareness about animals through our posts and stories, since whenever people see an animal in distress 99% of them don't know what to do. This is where our role comes into picture – giving guidance on the basics, beginning right from approaching animals and understanding them in order to understand how you can help them.

As we are underage and are not a registered organization yet, we are taking this process really slow, and waiting to build on things in order to get into gear by next year or so.

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