PAWS ANNUAL REPORT ON AWARENESS & CAMPAIGNS 2011-12
*A) **AWARENESS & RALLIES: *
# On 4th April, PAWS Volunteer Mahesh Bankar & group on Gudi Padwa
conducted a rally at Kalyan taking PAWS’s ‘Beat The Heat’ initiative as
# On 3rd May, PAWS organized an awareness program at Gujarathi Samaj at New
Bombay. Nilesh & Sonali addressed the awareness program.
# On 8th May, PAWS had its annual seminar at Times Foundation named ‘Learn
2 Care’ which was a huge success with more than 70 people present. We also
have separate website to let everyone know seminar details as well as
photos, click below to read more on our seminars
# On 24th May, an awareness program was organized by CSSC (Centre For Study
Of Social Change) on Animal Welfare headed by PAWS Team. Samira, Mandar,
Nikita & Manasi volunteers at this event. Click below link to see the
# PAWS volunteer Sonali Bagade along with Samira Pednekar and Sayali
Nagwekar participated in awareness program @ Jan-vikas Children Home in
navi-mumbai. Over 50 children enjoyed the Compassionate Citizen movie on 10
th July 2011.
# On 18th July PAWS volunteer Mandar Sawant & Nilesh Bhanage delivered a
presentation on Snakes @ Abhinav School, Bhyinder. They interacted with
children & also removed misconception about snakes among children. Over 200
children benefited with this awareness program.
# Rotary club of Dombivli invited PAWS founder Nilesh to deliver the
lecture on Snakes on 22nd July 2011. Nilesh along with PAWS Volunteers
Sanchit & Mandar interacted with rotary club members.
# On 2nd August, PAWS volunteer Mandar Sawant & Founder Nilesh organized an
awareness program on Snakes @ Holy Spirit High-School, Virar. Over 150
Children were benefited with this awareness session.
# On 3rd August, PAWS volunteer Mandar Sawant & Nilesh Bhanage delivered a
presentation on Snakes @ New Bombay’s Municipal School No. 36 & 37. They
interacted with children & also removed misconception about snakes among
children. Over 575 children benefited with this awareness program.
# Rotract Club of Birla College invited PAWS founder Nilesh to deliver the
lecture on Snakes on Naag-Panchmi Day – 4th August. Nilesh along with PAWS
Volunteers Sanchit More, Samira Pednekar & Mandar Sawant interacted with
130 students as well as club members.
# Over 550 students from Abhinav School, Bhyinder received a message of
compassion through PAWS. PAWS Founder Nilesh & Mandar played Compassionate
Citizen movie for children.
# On 13th August PAWS volunteers Mandar Sawant, Sanchit More, Nikita Ghag &
Samira Pednekar conducted awareness program on Snakes at Sarvodaya
Vidyalaya at Nilje.
# Team PAWS invited by Rotract Club of Birla College, Kalyan to deliver a
talk on ‘Cruelty Free Lifestyle’. PAWS Team comprising of Founder Nilesh
Bhanage, Jayashree Janardanan, Neetu John, Sumit Yadav & Mandar Sawant
participated in this program. Team PAWS played movie of ‘Beauty Without
Cruelty’ which shows how the animals are being killed to make vanity items,
fur & cosmetics. PAWS also brought some samples of products that are not
tested on animals or Cruelty-free to show it to students. Over 200 students
made aware of cruel leather industry by Team PAWS. Many students joined
PAWS later as volunteers. Students were amazed after watching movie &
pledged to go cruelty-free.
# On 8th December, PAWS team was invited to conduct an awareness program by
Nature Club of Birla School Kalyan. PAWS team was represented by Nilesh,
Samira, Ritesh, Rohit and Chandan.
# PAWS Team showcased movie ‘Green Guards’ during VISHWA 2011 SHOW, which
was exhibition of NGO’s held at Nigdi Pune from 20th Dec 2011 to 24th Dec
*B] ADVERTISMENTS & CAMPAIGNS:*
# PAWS participated in Wildlife Photography Exhibition organized by HOPE in
Thane on 13th & 14th August. PAWS founder Nilesh’s some photos were also
exhibited there. ‘Let the Birds Fly Free’ brochures by PAWS also
distributed to the visitors.
# PAWS volunteer from kalyan Kaizad Daruwalla informed PAWS office on
22ndSeptember 2011 that, in Metro Junction Mall, the glue traps which
actually banned by AWBI are being used. PAWS wrote a stern letter to pest
Control Company as well as the mall company to immediately stop using it.
The photo evidence were submitted AWBI on same matter with copy of our
# PAWS Team participated in Asian Water bird Census & prepared a data sheet
and submitted to concerned authorities.
*C] PROJECTS & INTERNSHIPS WITH PAWS:*
# On 26th June, Important Bird Area project coordinator Mr. Raju Kasambe of
BNHS- Bombay Natural History Society visited PAWS Office & interacted PAWS
volunteer on various issues related to birds.
# 8 Students from K. V. Pendharkar College visited PAWS office for their
college project on Animals & Plants in August 2011. PAWS Founder Nilesh
interacted with them & provided the information. Later students gave
presentation on PAWS in their college which was best rated among all others.
# Amrita Mukhopadhyay from Sophiya Polytechnic interviewed PAWS founder Mr.
Nilesh on 20th August for her college project on NGO.
# On 6th September PAWS founder Nilesh, interviewed by Shreya Nambiar for
her college project related to snake rescue. PAWS Founder gave all the
information required by her.
# In January 2012 month 6 Interns from SIES Management college visited PAWS
Office & Rescue Center to complete their internship. PAWS assisted them in
# In March 2012 month Shree Kavya & her husband from Bangalore visited PAWS
Office & Rescue Center. PAWS founder Nilesh & Staff member Pratima
interacted with them.
*D) CONFERENCES, WORKSHOP & SEMINARS:*
# Between 20 to 24th November PAWS Founder Nilesh Bhanage attended the 3rd
Wild Animal Rescue Network (WARN) Conference held @ Petchavarin Resort @
Thailand representing India.
*E] DIFFERENT DAY CELEBRATIONS:*
# 5th June is celebrated as ‘World Environment Day’. PAWS circulated the
poster to its E Group.
# 22nd July, World Day for Bulls is celebrated; PAWS circulated a poster
made by Abhishek Bhowmick.
# 28th July is celebrated across the world as ‘World Nature Conservation
Day’, our staunch supporter Abhishek Bhowmick designed a poster which was
circulated among many e-groups & social sites to create network.
# National Teachers Day is celebrated on 5th September 2011, PAWS volunteer
Abhishek Bhowmick designed the poster which was circulated across PAWS
contacts for awareness purpose.
# PAWS circulated another poster on ‘International Literacy Day’ on
# PAWS volunteer Mr. Abhishek Bhowmick, designed 2 posters on World Rabies
Day for animals & for Human Vaccination Drive. The Dogs Anti-Rabies Drive
poster was circulated among all as well as 2 some international contacts.
# On 1st October, World Vegetarian day our volunteer Rahul Kewale designed
poster which was circulated among all PAWS contacts.
# On 2nd October, starting of Wildlife Week, our volunteer Abhishek,
designed poster on Wildlife Week, which circulated to create awareness.
# On 15th October, World Animal Rights Day, PAWS circulated an awareness
poster, designed by Abhishek Bhowmick.
# PAWS circulated another poster against Anti-Cracker on this diwali
festival season where-in many animals & birds suffer because of
fire-crackers. We thank Abhishek Bhowmick for creating poster for PAWS
# On 21st November, World fisheries day our volunteer Rahul Kewale designed
poster which was circulated among all PAWS contacts.
# New Year Poster about awareness of Animal welfare and rights designed by
Abhishek, was circulated among PAW’s contacts.
# In January 2012, PAWS came-up with posters on snakes to create awareness.
We thank our sponsors for the printing of the same. PAWS thank volunteer
Abhishek Bhowmick for designing these posters.
# On 24th January, on the day of ‘World Day for Abolition of Meat’, PAWS
circulated a poster & different mailers among its contacts.
# PAWS created awareness on Holi against wood cutting & also circulated
posters on eco-friendly holi in March 2012.
# On 15th March, On World Consumer Day PAWS circulated a poster among its
e-contacts to create awareness.
# On 20th World House Sparrow Day, 21st World Forestry Day, 22nd World
Water Day were celebrated at PAWS by creating awareness, selling Sparrow
Homes & circulating awareness posters in month of March 2012.
Awards Plays an important part, it motivate an individual & encourages to
do more work & also motivates other to follow the same. It also increases
the capacity of individual in their respective fields.
#Heartily Congratulations to Animal Lover Abhishek Bhowmick who won Godfrey
Philips bravery award 2011 for his work in field of animal welfare.
*#* The list of Volunteers who won PAWS Awards for year 2011 were
A. Neetu John for Exemplary Display of Dedication (she got astonishing
number of 88 votes out of total 160 votes in our Facebook voting campaign
she has been volunteering for paws since 2006 & her dedication towards
animal welfare has inspired her friends to follow her footsteps.)
B. Mandar Sawant for Valuable contribution in Awareness Programs. (he is an
avid snake lover has rescued 38 snakes so far he was the torchbearer for
conducting the awareness program in Sarvodya vidyalaya single handedly,
2145 students were benefited through this awareness program.)
C. Ritesh Vohra for leading the fund raising initiative he has donated
kitchen wares, bowls, filters, garden equipment’s, dog chain for the rescue
Centre. He also raised RS.13000/- from his friends & relatives. Currently
he is building a pigeon shelter at PAWS Murbad Rescue Centre.
# We congratulate Mr. Pradip Bhange – our constant media supporter, for
getting ‘Great Dombivlikar’ Award in January 2012. Pradip is younger
brother of PAWS founder Nilesh & works as Video Journalist at Network18’s
IBN Lokmat News Channel. Pradip has been a constant supporter for PAWS
activities & events.
# We also congratulate Mr. Manish Pimple for receiving ‘Great Dombivlikar’
Award in January 2012. Manish is volunteering with various originations for
# In February 2012, PETA are pleased to give Hero to Animals awards to
PAWS, Kalyan Fire Brigade and PAWS volunteer Mr Mandar Sawant for their
rescue of a kitten who was stuck at the bottom of a well. Through sheer
persistence and dedication, they saved a kitten from what would have been
certain death by slow starvation. All know their compassionate action will
inspire others to intervene when they see an animal in distress.
We do hope that you will not delay for a single moment before make a
Donation today. We need your steadfast commitment more than ever because
right now, countless animals are suffering terribly on streets, in
laboratories and slaughterhouses, on factory farms and even for the sake of
fleeting human “Entertainment” – and PAWS has proved that it can make a
difference in may of their lives.
The fate of animals depends on our action! They need every one of us who
cares to speak up for them. May we please count you as we work hard to help
these animals in 2012?
Your contribution will make this happen!
Electronic transfers can be made following ways.
Bank : ICICI Bank Ltd,
Branch : Dombivli MIDC
A/C. Number : 008801026804
IFSC Code : ICIC0000088
Name of A/C : ‘PLANT & ANIMALS WELFARE SOCIETY’
The crossed cheques can be drawn in the name of ‘Plant & Animals Welfare
Society’ & dispatched it to be address:
A-18, Savitri Sadan,
Dr. Mukharji Road,
Near Nehru Ground,
Dombivli (East) 421201
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