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Meet Jayaprakash and Yasmin: They Want to Build Bengaluru’s First Cat-Only Shelter

Passionate about rescuing animals, Jayaprakash Satyamurthy is the founder of an animal welfare trust called Animal Aid Alliance and he runs the Bengaluru-based cat adoption page, Moni’s Home For Needy And Hungry Cats on Facebook.

Having dedicated last nine years to animal rescue, Jayaprakash says, “While there are several mixed shelters in the city that take in cats, there isn’t a single shelter that focuses only on cats.” He and his wife, Yasmine Claire now dream to change that.

The couple spend most of their time and a significant proportion of their income towards the care and upbringing of the population of the makeshift cat shelter at their residence in Ulsoor, Bengaluru.

The family size as of now is 25 cats and 9 dogs. Jayaprakash strongly believes that individuals and groups of citizens need to work towards improving awareness and stop ill-treating street cats.

Jayaprakash is a freelance writer and Yasmine is a teacher at Stonehill International School. Yasmine has been an animal welfare activist since she was a child, and is well connected to the community of people committed towards animal welfare.

At home, she is responsible for ensuring that the cats are in the pink of health. As Jayaprakash has more time on his hands, he takes care of animal rescues, visits to the vet, and responses to distress calls.

Jayaprakash is inspired by people who contribute to the welfare of animals in any way possible. “This acquaintance in Koramangla single- handedly took care of almost 20 cats when his neighbour moved out of the city, leaving the clowder of cats behind. Even though he had never owned cats in his life, he took them to the vet and got them vaccinated and sterilized,” Jayaprakash shares.

Jayaprakash had once witnessed the euthanization of two cats on the same day. One had lost his limbs because of car accident and the other had gotten electrocuted. “It gets emotionally overwhelming at times when one witnesses abandonment or pain. Cats seem fragile, but they are tough mentally as well as physically,” Jayaprakash says.

Jayaprakash wants to name the cat shelter ‘Bangalore Cat Sanctuary’. Bangalore Cat Sanctuary will have separate quarantine sections, facilities for kittens and adult cats, an operation theatre, on-call vet, a dispensary, clinic, rescue van and staff quarters.

They have turned to crowdfunding as a last-ditch attempt to bring their dream to fruition. Jayaprakash is running a campaign on Milaap to raise funds for the spend on land, construction, operations expenses for the first few months. You can learn more about the campaign and contribute here.

About the author: Sudhakar is a Milaap Open Fellow in Bangalore. He assesses the impact of Milaap’s crowdfunded campaigns and brings inspiring stories of champions.

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