The coronavirus pandemic has had devastating consequences for vulnerable pet owners. Around the world, thousands are struggling to feed their beloved pets.
In response to this crisis, we have been delivering several tonnes of food to feed strays and pets all around the world: from India to Thailand, to Costa Rica and Brazil.
To help us raise awareness of this critical lifeline for pets around the world, volunteer Nikita Dhawan joined our India office as an intern, supporting the campaign through digital media.
What moved you to volunteer for World Animal Protection?
I have always been passionate about animal welfare, and I was looking for an opportunity to work with a reputed, global animal welfare organization. World Animal Protection was a perfect option for me since their mission aligned with my beliefs.
Tell us about your time volunteering.
It has been an incredibly enriching experience. World Animal Protection offers a highly professional and nurturing environment. I was provided with valuable mentorship while being given the independence to voice my opinions.
What do you like about World Animal Protection?
They actively work in multiple areas of animal welfare, including animals in communities, farms, and the wild. Since they have a global platform, it was interesting to observe how different regions come together for a common cause; an example of this is the G20 campaign to end wildlife trade.
What did you learn during your internship?
Some of the things I worked on included writing blog posts, creating and editing videos, and leading a fundraiser. These responsibilities helped me build a strong knowledge base on animal protection. During my internship, one of the things I explored was the mistreatment of elephants in the tourism industry. This topic not only helped me deepen my understanding of the issue but also gave me insight into how animal organizations find solutions for these problems.
Would you recommend volunteering with World Animal Protection?
I believe it is essential for the youth to speak up about animal rights, and volunteering at World Animal Protection is a fantastic opportunity to do that. I found that learning by doing was one of the best ways for self-growth and to make a change, and they have mentored me through this process. If anyone is looking for a global and an engaging platform and wants to make a real difference, they should undoubtedly consider interning with World Animal Protection.
How does it feel to know that your efforts are motivating people to help dogs?
It feels great to know that we have built support and awareness around saving street dogs since they are an essential part of our lives. With more than 750,000 street dogs in Delhi, it is our responsibility to help them during Covid19, and I am glad I could help in this process.
Feeling inspired by Nikita's story? Find out more about our opportunities to get involved and support our work here.