Famous Celebrities who Rescued & Adopted their Pets

Adopting a pet is the best way to own a pet, and you don’t need an animal welfare activist to tell you that. If you look around, especially in India, there are innumerable stray cats, dogs, and birds who loiter around the streets looking for scraps of food and water. Infact, animal lovers and welfare NGOs have helped animals by participating in the #PledgeABowl initiative this year, to help the urban stray this summer, by providing bowls of water, so that they don’t die of dehydration. All of these helpless animals need a home. Here to lead by example, these celebrities dismissed the concept of buying a pet from a breeder, and instead chose to adopt a pet that needed a loving home.

 

Have a look at your favourite celebrities with their unbelievably cute rescue animals:

 

George Clooney and Einstein

Clooney has already adopted his third dog, but his rescued cocker spaniel Einstein is closest to his heart.

 

Anne Hathaway and Kenobi

Anne Hathaway and her husband Adam Shulman have a new addition to their family – Kenobi.

 

Sandra Bullock and her 3 rescues

Poppy, a Chihuahua-Pomeranian mix with three legs. Ruby, a two-legged Chihuahua, and BeBe (not pictured), a Chihuahua that’s missing an eye.

 

Hilary Swank with Rumi and Kai

A strong animal rights activist, she is co-producing Fox’s Cause for Paws: an all star dog special show.

 

Jennifer Aniston and Sophie

Jennifer gave Sophie, a pitbull, a beautiful home.

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Miley Cyrus and Milky

This is Miley’s adorable white rescue pitbull named Milky.

 

Ryan Reynolds and Baxter

He fell in love with Baxter when he visited a dog shelter in Texas.

 

Charlize Theron and Tucker

A passionate animal welfare activist, she has adopted at least 4 rescue dogs.

 

Ariana Grande and Toulouse

Toulouse’s life changed after Ariana Grande adopted him from an animal shelter home.

 

Ed Sheeran and Graham

Here’s another cat person. Ed Sheeran adopted little Graham, and even made a Twitter account for him!

 

Selena Gomez and Baylor

Baylor is Selena Gomez’s 6th rescue pup.

 

Orlando Bloom and Sidi

He found Sidi while shooting for a film in Africa.

 

Miranda Lambert and her six rescues

We sure have a dog lover here. Miranda adopted 3 of them from a shelter home, and she found the other 3 in various places.

 

John Legend and Penny

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen added Penny, a three-legged pup to their family full of dogs.

 

We can all learn from these celebrities who chose to adopt rather than buy, and look to adopt our own community of stray animals, to help them in any way that we can.

 

Save our furry friends from dying this summer – #PledgeABowl!

Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Every person has a different breast shape, size, colour, and it is bound to change in the way it looks and feels over the years. In fact, they may even feel different at different times of the month, and that is completely normal. That said, it is important to understand and identify certain changes that may be unusual than the ones you usually see, as it may be a symptom of breast cancer. Early detection of breast cancer symptoms is vital when it comes to treating it. Therefore, if you notice any of the following changes, it is best to visit a professional doctor and get checked.

 

Unusual tenderness or soreness

Women may feel a certain amount of tenderness or soreness before or during their monthly cycle which is completely normal. However, if the pain or tenderness seems unusual, more than normal, or untimely, it’s always best to avoid the risks and get investigated by your doctor.

 

Lumps or bumps

This is usually the most telling breast cancer symptom. If you find a lump or a bump that wasn’t there before, you should visit a doctor. Keep in mind that not all lumps are cancerous, but getting such symptoms of breast cancer checked, is always the safest thing to do.

 

Change in appearance

Your breasts change in shape, size, and colour over the years but if you notice a drastic or abnormal change in how they look, it could be a breast cancer symptom that you should not ignore.

 

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Rashes

If you notice rashes, swelling, crusting, or redness on the skin of your breasts, it could be a symptom of breast cancer.

 

Nipple discharge

Experiencing a milky discharge from your breasts if you’re not breastfeeding, may be a cause for concern and should be checked by a professional at the earliest.

 

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Change in direction of the nipple

If the nipple is turned inwards instead of outwards, it may be a sign of breast cancer. Additionally, if you notice unusual asymmetry of change in one breast, it is best to get checked. However, many people have asymmetrical breasts, therefore there is a need to worry only if it is a newly noticed change.

 

All these symptoms may not necessarily indicate cancer, but having them checked is a must. Moreover, doing regular checks for breast cancer even if you don’t have these symptoms is a good practice.

 

If you, or anyone you know is fighting breast cancer, and struggling to pay the medical expenses, help them out by starting a crowdfunding campaign on Impact Guru, and mobilizing people to donate towards yours, or your loved one’s treatment fund. If all of us come together to pool in small sums of money for breast cancer patients, there will be more survivors than sufferers!

 

Don’t let Breast Cancer win – identify the symptoms.

Indian NGOs and Foreign Funding

NGOs and nonprofits in India play a vital role in the development and upliftment of the weaker sections of society. Majority of the Indian population is below the poverty line, with most people not having access to basic needs of food, water, and shelter. In fact, for people of lesser means, even access to education is considered a luxury rather than a necessity. Despite Government funding, we are still not able to tackle problems of poverty, unemployment, hunger, lack of  shelter, sanitation, clean water, and electricity, in all parts of India. It is the selfless operations of nonprofits and NGOs, that are undertaking necessary development projects to further our country’s growth story.

 

However, they have to rely on non-government sources for funding, and in the recent past, foreign funding and NRI donations have come as a blessing to them, and the country overall. In the past, Indian NGOs have raised more than INR 8,500 crores annually from international donors. Several Indian NGOs are establishing partnerships with overseas corporates, to ensure financial stability for their social operations. A huge part of this can be credited to the FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulations Act), which was implemented in 2010, allowing NRI (Non resident Indians) and POI (People of Indian Origin) to make donations to NGOs in India. The benefits of the foreign donations to Indian NGOs are manifold –

 

NGOs can conduct operations on a larger scale

Earlier, Indian NGOs relied on philanthropic individuals, small donations, charitable trusts, and more recently, CSR initiatives for their projects. While these sources played a major role in kickstarting India’s social development journey, innumerable nonprofits and NGOs were forced to shut down operations or were limited to very small areas due to the shortage of funds. Adding NRI donations to the equation was hugely beneficial for them to scale up activities, especially since donations would usually be of higher currencies, and have greater value in India.

 

Financial stability and sustainability

NGOs and nonprofits have recognized the opportunity to gain financial stability by forming strategic partnerships with international donors, so that their operations can have long term sustainability. For instance, crowdfunding platform for NGOs in India – Impact Guru, recently entered into an exclusive partnership with Global Giving, which allows international donors in UK and USA to contribute towards campaigns on their platform.

 

NGOs are made accountable for utilization of funds

As per the rules stated by the Ministry of Home Affairs, NRIs can only give foreign donations to Indian NGOs if they are registered under the FCRA. Registering under the act makes them eligible to get foreign funding, but it also makes them accountable to share the details of their operations and be completely transparent about the utilisation of funds received. This is because they are required to annually submit income and expenditure accounts, as well as their balance sheet. It is a great way to avoid fraud and money laundering cases.

 

NRIs get a chance to give back to their country

Indian who live far away but still want to participate in social and community building activities get a chance to do so by making contributions towards causes they care about. Online donations through crowdfunding platforms like Impact Guru have made it very easy to transfer funds for causes and initiatives in categories ranging from poverty, education, environment, medical expenses, and so much more. This way PIOs and NRIs have a way to give back to their country.

 

Tax benefits are a great incentive

Giving foreign donations to Indian NGOs allows NRIs and PIOs to get tax benefits, which can be claimed in their country of residence. This is a huge incentive for NRIs to participate in Indian social development activities.

 

Having discussed the benefits of foreign funding to Indian NGOs, we urge all nonprofits and NGOs to register themselves under the FCRA, as well as start fundraising campaigns on crowdfunding platforms like Impact Guru, that are affiliated with notable international donors.
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