Nilesh Bhanage, the founder of PAWS in India, sends this report:
This week, volunteer Alisha Bhise, my 5 years old daughter Dishita and I conducted an awareness program cum animal interaction session with 113 pre-school children @ Brainworks.
Children aged 3 to 6 interacted with a puppy, kitten, cat, rabbit, guinea pig. Thanks to our volunteer Anusharee for bringing her guinea pig for our program.
My daughter Dishita did her pre-school @ Brainworks so she also joined in, handling my pet cat Bitty very well & teaching the children how to pat and handle animals.
Many children were overjoyed looking & TOUCHING the various animals, all of whom were rescued & adopted. We made sure the animals were not traumatized, as well as given rest & provided with water.
Colleagues, friends and relatives, with their children were present & helped us in interactions, along with all the teachers.
The workshop ended by spreading this message among the kids:
Animals are part of our life! Let’s care them!
~ Nilesh Bhanage
Hands that help are holier than lips that pray.