In 2002, Sameer decided to settle in Lonavala with no idea of what destiny had in store. Appalled by the state of the animals in the area, Sameer began rescuing and rehabilitating them at his home. His first rescue was a hit and run case where he managed to save a dog and give him another chance at life. After that, there was no looking back.
As the number of animals grew, Sameer ran the shelter with the money he made from his job and the few donations he could muster from friends and family who believed in his cause. Till a chance meeting with Sridhar Gorthi and Munish Makhija changed everything. Together they decided to start The Kalote Animal Trust, a place where the animals can roam free on a beautiful piece of land in Kalote, on the outskirts of Mumbai. But the journey has only just begun and The Kalote Animal Trust is looking for sponsors and partners who believe in the cause of animal welfare as passionately as it does.
Every animal at Kalote has been rescued from a difficult past, and has a story to tell. Today, there are 400+ animals at the shelter which includes dogs, cats, cows, donkeys, monkeys, birds, pigs, etc.
The monthy costs of running the shelter
“The Kalote Animal Trust is a labour of love. We try to keep costs at a bare minimum without compromising on the quality of life of the animals. But it is an uphill task as we do not have regular sponsors and currently we run on the goodwill donations of people. However, these donations are sporadic and we are looking for sponsors and partners who can donate regularly to our cause.”, says Sameer.
In the months of summer, from February to July, there is no grass left to graze for the cows, donkeys, horses and other animals. So all the feed has to be bought which proves to be very expensive. With the help of more land, Sameer can grow the feed needed for the grazing animals which will significantly reduce his burden to buy expensive feed from outside during summer months.