Welfare for Animals in Goa (WAG)
Video by Félix Sandri, for Video Volunteers.
“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
~ Albert Einstein
Thousands of animals (domestic and wild) are assaulted, killed, abused and tortured every year. A visit to Goa in 2000 made Atul Sarin realise that while the stray and homeless animals of Goa are far better treated than in other places, they could definitely do with help, especially in the monsoon.
Atul and his friends set up Welfare for Animals in Goa (WAG), an NGO dedicated to helping animals in distress. For over 4 years, a dedicated team of staff and volunteers have been using their animal welfare experience to enhance the lives of Goa’s animals. Not only do they rescue injured animals, but they also have fostering and adoption programmes for abandoned animals, beach monitoring & feeding programs for starving cats and dogs during Goa’s ‘off-season’, the monsoon. The WAG clinic, in Siolim, conducts sterilisation, vaccinations and other medical assistance to homeless animals. They have also set up a state-wide network, on Facebook. Now a thriving community, this social media network has close to 3000 animal lovers reporting and preventing abuse, exchanging information and helping in rescues.
WAG has also begun conducting workshops with local school children, to help them learn the importance of kindness and animal welfare. Know more about WAG by going to their website: www.wagoa.com