“I’ve been mocked, bullied, and threatened. Despite all this, I would never bend.”
So says Shalini, a fierce defender of animal rights and welfare.
45 year old Shalini learned to love animals at an early age. Her father was an ardent animal lover who would rescue animals and bring them home. With five younger sisters, the house was chaotic and loud. Shalini found peace in taking care of the animals at home.
After her marriage at 18, Shalini moved to Bareilly. This did not stop her from carrying out a passion in her life.
Shalini’s determination to fight for the voiceless:
A little into her married life, the family was having monetary problems. Her husband’s business was facing losses, and both daughters were studying. At that time, everybody said she should give up keeping animals at home. Even her husband questioned her.
“Apne liye khane to nahi hai, kisi aur ko kaise khilayenge?” (We don’t have enough to eat, how will we feed others?”
Her landlord and neighbours, annoyed by the constant noise of rescued animals in her house, threatened and told her to move.
Volunteering, that turned into a registered organization:
Shalini volunteered with People for Animals (PFA) in Bareilly with Menaka Gandhi. After months of volunteering, she was motivated to start her own organization, Mercy for All Society.
How Mercy For All Society started:
As of now, there are over 70 animals in Shalini’s shelter. These include dogs, cats, cows, donkeys, monkeys, and even birds. The shelter is located 15 km away from her house and Shalini travels there twice everyday.
How can you help?
Running an animals welfare shelter has enormous overhead expenses. Shalini has 4 helpers that she pays- this takes over Rs 27,000 a month. Food for the animals crosses Rs 60,000. Including electricity and medicine, the costs run up to over Rs 1 lakh a month.
Shalini has braved the odds to fight for her belief that animals deserve to be treated right. She has battled threats and abuse in her fight.
Shalini is looking for Rs 2 lakhs to help her in the running of her shelter. Your contribution can make a difference in the lives of animals that are treated by this loving lady. Contribute now!