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!

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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5 problems faced by stray animals in India

The stray population in India haven’t had it very easy off late. Last year alone, the news highlighted disturbing incidents where dogs were burned alive and flung off building terraces, among others. Cruelty towards the stray population in India, is only increasing with each passing day. But it isn’t just the inhumane acts of cruelty by a few that is the problem. A much greater problem lies in the turning away of the rest of us who won’t speak out on their behalf – not just with regards to animal cruelty, but the helpless living conditions of the stray animals and birds in nooks and corners of our country. The good work of animal activists and enthusiasts is not enough to look after the entire stray population. We all need to actively participate in overcoming certain problems faced by animals, for they are an important part of our community.

 

Human recklessness and animal cruelty

Animal cruelty is one of the biggest problems faced by the Indian stray population. The number of animal cruelty incidents brought to the limelight last year, especially in case of stray dogs, speaks volumes of the indifference in our attitudes towards the urban stray. The humble actions of a few animal rights groups won’t save animals. There needs to be a shift in the mindset of people, where we are all inclusive and welcoming of the stray population, and look out for them as part of our community, rather than a menace.

 

Buying over adopting

Everyone loves the idea of having a little pet in the house. Many of us believe ourselves to be animal lovers too. Yet, the number of homes that buy pets from breeders rather than adopt from the streets, is much higher, and that is a major threat to animals. When you adopt, you not only spend a lot less money, but you also save a life. So adopt, don’t buy!

 

Scavenge for food

Occasionally you’ll see a passer by who stops to drop a few biscuits for a stray dog, but that’s about the effort we take to save animals. They have to helplessly search through garbage bins for food remains that will feed them for days. We complain about strays spreading diseases, but we need to understand that we too, are part of the problem faced by strays. We leave our garbage unattended, and ignore the helpless hungry creatures. A solution to this is a simple feeding program for a few dogs in your area. Even if conducted only once a week, it will save animals.

 

No shelter for the stray

The only home for the urban stray animals is the shade of a tree, and the bottom of a car. Situations are worsened by the season changes through the year. In the monsoons, they are drenched, and often tend to catch diseases, and in the summer, the sun rays burn their skin. There are several animal shelters in India, but there are still so many animals looking for shelter. If you cannot provide a shelter for them yourself, you can always lead them to an animal shelter where they will be well taken care of.

 

Death due to dehydration

The summer temperatures in India are a major threat to animals. This summer, several animal enthusiasts are participating in the #PledgeABowl initiative, wherein they put out bowls of water for the stray animals and birds, so that they can get by in these burning summer months. The aim for the #PledgeABowl campaign is to reduce the number of deaths due to dehydration between March and June.

 

You too, can be a part of this mission to provide water to stray animals and birds. If funds are the only thing stopping you from taking up this initiative, we urge you to raise money for it by starting a crowdfunding campaign on Impact Guru. All you have to do is tell the world about this issue you are trying to resolve, and ask them to donate towards your campaign, and share it on social media. It is a great way to make a difference to the lives of our furry friends who can’t speak for themselves.

 

So #PledgeABowl today!