In November 2012, Lucknow based Yatendra Trivedi along with two of his friends, started Jeev Aashraya – a place where stray animals could get a shelter, with all the necessary care.
Their intention was to run an animal welfare organization which not only provides animal shelter, but also offers immediate veterinary services when required.
In the last three years, Kanha Upvan under Jeev Aashraya, has not only provided stray animals a roof, love, care and companionship, but has also tried their best to rescue the injured, diseased and helpless animals.
The organisation works towards reducing the number of animal deaths caused by the poor treatment or the road accidents. Over the past three years, they have rescued more than 9000 animals.
Like majority of animal shelters in India, Jeev Aashraya too has to face a lot of challenges – be it government funding and the huge manpower required to support its activities.
At the moment, approximately 2000 workers are associated with this organisation, including 150 full timers, divided in various departments.
The salary of these workers is managed by the donations that are given by colleagues, friends, relatives, and various fund raising programs.
And whatever government funding that the organization gets, is completely used for the animals as Trivedi believes they are the ones who are suffering the most.
Talking about his motivation, Trivedi once said:
“The one who are suffering the most are the mute companions of ours. They are hardly noticed by the superior race which we term as ‘humans’. These innocent souls can’t be overlooked by us anymore…The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Keeping that in mind, Trivedi has set his goal to instill the compassionate feeling in the hearts of people for these helpless animals.
He also wants to make them aware of the injustice that is involved in the usage of animal made products and aspires to start a cure for ox, cow and similar species which lack proper medication facilities in India and then the world.