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Geeta Seshamani - Savior of India's Animals

Updated on December 17, 2013

Geeta Seshamani - Saving animals and changing laws In India

Founder of Friendicoes, SECA (Society for Eradication of Cruelty to Animals), and

Co-founder and Guiding Force of Wildlife S.O.S.

Geeta Seshamani, an English literature Professor at Gargi Colege in south Delhiand, is passionate about animals. She is a remarkable woman who's mission in life is to be a voice for animals and save those who have been victims of neglect and cruelty.

She has been involved in animal welfare and wildlife conservation for over thirty years and established the first Stray-Animal Birth Control center in Delhi.

In 1979 she started Friendicoes SECA (Society for Eradication of Cruelty to Animals). Friendicoes' mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and give better lives to the stray and abandoned animals in New Delhi, the capital.

In recognition of her work and knowledge, Geeta has been appointed by the government to several committees dealing with animal welfare including: the Government of India Committee for Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experimentation on Animals; the Animal Welfare Board of India; and the Central Zoo Authority.

That's just part of the story of this amazing woman. She is also the driving force behind Wildlife S.O.S. which she co-founded in 1995 with Katick Satyanarayan. The organization works throughout India saving wildlife from poachers, habitat destruction and cruel humans.

Street Dogs in New Dehli

Street Dogs in New Dehli
Street Dogs in New Dehli

Friendicoes SECA

Geeta's work began with dogs

Geeta has always loved animals so when she saw the dozens of stray dogs digging through garbage dumps for scraps of food or huddled together for warmth she knew she had to do something.

Geeta also saw the abuse these feral dogs were subjected to and wanted to end that as well. Friendicoes was created based on these experiences. Friendicoses, a Society for Eradication of Cruelty to Animals.

Two of the major problems India faced with the feral street dogs was rabies and sheer numbers. Geeta and Friendicoes worked hard to set in motion a program of TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) as used in the United States and other developed countries for feral cats.

Animal Birth Control Program

Finally, in 1997, the Animal Birth Control program was adopted as the official Indian policy for dealing with rabies and street dogs. This meant that the TNR program for street dogs was accepted. This has helped to reduce the numbers of dogs and the number of instances of rabies as well.

Geeta and Friendicoes established the first Stray-Animal Birth Control center in Delhi

Although the work started with the dogs, you'll see as you read through this site that Geeta didn't stop there. ALL animals in India are sacred to her and she has made it her life's work to save every one of them.

Geeta's love is returned

Geeta's love is returned
Geeta's love is returned

Saving donkeys, horses and mules

Equines -- donkeys, ponies, horses and mules -- are another of the animals Geeta works to save. In India they are used to carry bricks or stones from the many brick kilns and stone quarries. Very often their owners overload them causing them to lose their balance and fall, often twisting an ankle or worse.

Adding insult to injury, when an animal is injured and falls down, their owners beat them to try to get them to get up. Often, the injured donkey after so much abuse is dispirited and will simply lie there and take the beating, giving up on life.

Since these injured equines can no longer work, they are often abandoned beside the road by their owners. Simply left to die, alone and in pain.

Geeta dreamed of having an equine veterinary unit along the Delhi-Agra corridor to tend to these working animals. Friendicoes now has a mobile clinic that runs on the belt between Delhi and Agra and in and around the state of Haryana. They hope to expand the work to Agra in the immediate future.

The clinic provides free medical care to over 1500 equines a week. In addition to medical care for the animals, they provide farriery training, feed and husbandry advice, and educate the owners in the care of the animal.

Ex-police Horses

When a horse has served 15 years as a police horse, she now has a home at Friendicoes. There, she can spend the rest of her life basking in the sun and munching to her heart's content.

A Personal Thank You

Geeta,

Thank you for being the voice for animals. You are an inspiration. Your your determination, dedication and above all compassion shines through in all that you do.

It is encouraging to see your resolve and the results showing just how many animals you have saved. I know that with enough people like you, we could save all of the animals in the world.

Bear hugs, Frankie

Cats are also given a new life.

Although there are not as many feral cats in India as dogs, there are many cats that are in need. Many are abandoned, abused or starving.

Cats and kittens are abandoned in boxes and bags at Friendicoes' doorstep or tied up outside their facilities. Old and disabled cats are left when their owners no longer want to take care of them.

These cats are given sanctuary -- receiving food, water, shelter, medical care and love. The injured and sick are taken care of as well. They are also spayed/neutered. They adopt out the ones that they can. The rest have sanctuary at Friendicoes for the rest of their lives, receiving love and care.

Monkeys

Monkeys, who used to be free to roam, now are living on roof tops of homes and on top of electric poles. They usually are rescued by Friendsicoes in pretty bad shape, having been electrocuted, stabbed, or scalded by boiling water or acid.

Friendsicoes houses them next door to the cats in a large enclosure. Most will live the rest of their lives at the sanctuary as they are disturbed from their treatment by humans.

Friendsicoes is trying to raise more funds to erect a larger monkey enclosure to give them the space they need to be happy and healthy.

City hospital for animals

Geeta believes that all animals should have medical care if needed. Many, many of the animals Friendicoes receives are sick, starving, maimed, injured, abandoned, or abused.

Friendicoes has a well-equipped clinic staffed with 5 veterinary surgeons, 6 para-vets, and 28 shelter staff that takes care of each and every animal.

They also have a well-equipped clinic with 2 operating rooms, a diagnostic pathology lab with complete testing facilities and an x-ray machine so they can determine exactly what is ailing an animal so they can provide the best medical care possible.

This equipment is used for strays but also to help family pets. The services are provided at no or a minimum fee to low-income families.

Friendicoes has a house-call service by appointment and provides 24-hour for emergencies.

As you can imagine, donations are key to help pay for these services and for spay/neuter as well.

Mahatma Gandhi Quote

"The greatness of a nation and it's moral progress can be determined by the ways it treats it's animals."

Mahatma Gandhi

Geeta and Friendicoes wins Prestigious Pehal Award

In a nation wide search for people & non profit organisations that have done pioneering work for social causes, "Friendicoes SECA" was felicitated with the prestigious "Pehal Award" by popular TV channel Zee News.

Friendicoes has been doing pioneering work to protect and help animals for over two decades now. The award was received by a Friendicoes SECA team of President - Nina Anand, Life Member - Tandrali Kuli & Vice President - Geeta Seshamani.

Geeta

Geeta
Geeta

Wildlife S.O.S.

Saving The Dancing Bears of India.

Dancing Bears Of India

In 1995 Geeta starts Wildlife S.O.S. to save the Dancing Bears of India.

Appalled after seeing a tortured sloth bear dancing for tourists on the Arga highway, Geeta was determined to put an end to the centuries-old tradition of animal abuse. To that end, she approached her nephew, Kartick Satyanarayan, another champion for animals to help her "stop the dance".

In 1995, they formed Wildlife SOS, an Indian Charity dedicated to saving all of India's animals, starting with the dancing bears (sloth bears).

After conducting an 18-month research project to understand the issues and the needs of the bears and the Kalandar people (the gypsies dancing the bears), they created the India Bear Rescue Project and Tribal Rehabilitation.

They were given land to build the first ever rescue center for bears in India and in 1999 construction of the sanctuary began. The land, near Agra, was within the Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, a 2,000 acre of land in a conservation area owned by the forestry department.

The sanctuary was completed in 2002 and on Christmas Eve of that year, the first 6 sloth bears were rescued.

Wildlife S.O.S. has since created and manages 3 other bear sanctuaries in India.

Geeta and Kartick's Bear Rescue Program was started with a 3-prong approach, which addresses both the cause and the effect of India's bear dancing tradition.

1. Give the Kalandars alternative employment.

2. Rehabilitate the bears.

3. Stop the poaching.

In addition, Wildlife S.O.S. created and conducts educational programs for tourists, the general public and school children.

Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder of Wildlife S.O.S.

To tell the day-to-day-in-the-bush rescues of these battered sloth bears, I've created a lens about Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder and Director of Wildlife S.O.S. (WSOS)

Kartick, known as the BEAR MAN in India, risks life and limb to save these battered bears.

Along with photos, the lens has a video of an actual undercover rescue of bear cubs from poachers and more information about WSOS and their India Bear Rescue Project. Check it out at Katrick Satyanarayan - Champion of India's Dancing Bears

Dancing Bear of India

For a more in-depth look at how sloth bears are captured and turned into Dancing Bears, I've created a lens about their lives both before and after Wildlife S.O.S. saves them.

It's a bitter-sweet story full of hope about the sloth bears that have been saved and those that are still dancing. It is also one about hope and the change that is taking place due to Geeta's love and guiding hand.

You can check it out at Saving the Dancing Bears of India

This Lens Supports Wildlife S.O.S.

All royalties raised on this lens are donated to Wildlife S.O.S. (WSOS) for their "India Bear Rescue" Project.

You too can make a TAX EXEMPT donation to save the dancing bears by clicking Dancing Bear Rescue.

Get this adorable image of a Sloth Bear on t-shirts, hats and other apparel. To see all products with this design, click More Products

Animal contest Winner

This lens took 3rd place in the SquidActivist October Challenge for Animals in 2008. Thanks to all who voted for your support and for the money raised for Wildlife S.O.S. and the other animal charities.

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      sairdx 3 years ago

      Thank goodness there are people like Geeta Mam & Kartick Sir in this world.

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      smsr0100451 3 years ago

      Awesome work by Geeta Seshamani. Thanks Frankster for telling about the great personality.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love animals and I am really really looking forward to be a part of Friendicoes(volunteer). I truly respect Geeta mam for being so passionate about the animals. I salute her for devoting her life to the needy animals, you are my inspiration. I love the quote " "The greatness of a nation and it's moral progress can be determined by the ways it treats it's animals." Mahatma Gandhi

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      its very great to have such nice persons on earth like geeta seshmani.god bless u mam.'' i think those who understand the needs of animals and love them they are next god''

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      How positively wonderful - thanks so much for sharing this! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      eccles1 5 years ago

      Thank goodness for people like Geeta Seshamani and you that love animals and love this quote "The greatness of a nation and it's moral progress can be determined by the ways it treats it's animals." Mahatma Gandhi

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      It's inspiring to know that this type of work is being done. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank goodness there are people like Geeta in this world. Wonderful page :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Friendcoes in Delhi has helped my cats many times. Whenever one of cats get sick I take him to Friendcoes and Dr. Prabhakaran always help them!! I am very much thankful to all from Friendcoes. God bless you all !!!!

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      waldenthreenet 5 years ago

      Thanks for your lens and your wonderful work for animals in India. For domestic animals like dogs and cats, it may be helpful to share and exchange experience with the NRI community here in USA. I take great pride in the way our community here in Northern Virgnina and Metro Washington DC deal with stray cats and dogs, often cooperating with county agencies and non-profits who find homes for homelet pets. For India, I have particular interest in the endangered animals such as snow leopards in India. But Indian government's work on increasing wildlife sancturaries is encouraging but needs support from philanthorpy more so as we go forward. Hope we can share experience and discuss that is mutual value as we go. Thanks again.

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      All-About-India 6 years ago

      hey awesome lens on the beautiful country India...the land of gold.

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      It is so good to know about wonderful people like Geeta Seshamani's. Thank you for spreading the information about her efforts. ~blessed

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      pramodbisht 6 years ago

      nice initiative save animals.

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      LisaDH 6 years ago

      The world needs more people like Geeta Seshamani.

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      Hi Frankie - another great bear lens, very interesting. Have you met my fellow lensmaster Jennifer Stock - I think you will also like her non-profit?

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      Thrillophilia LM 7 years ago

      Another great lens to read about. Thanks Frankster for sharing such good lenses

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      God helps people who help others especially an animals who cannot speak and we treat them like they belong to us.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      mam, great work,,i also want to help you in every possible way,,thanks for being a voice for animals,,, god will always support and bless you

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      ma'am you are doing a fantastic job.I am a great fan of yours.I am a frequent visitor and i'll be glad if i could join you.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      wow, you 2 are quite amazing...thanks for being :)

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I am a little slow at congratulating you on the SquidActivists October Challenge for Animals win. I lensrolled this in all my dog lenses. Keep up the good work!

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      You're officially blessed!

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      poutine 8 years ago

      A remarkable woman in this modern century.

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      CherylStoney 8 years ago

      What an amazing woman. I wish her well in her endeavors. She is a hero!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congratulations on the contest. Great job!

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Great lens. Geeta sounds like a loving and wonderful soul.

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      Oran-Kangas 8 years ago

      Nice job, Frankie. As usual you've captured your topic very well. Geeta sounds like my kind of person. 5 stars and favorite. hugs, Oran

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      mmason 8 years ago

      What an incredible woman. Thanks for sharing. Great job!

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      Yvonne L. B. 8 years ago from Covington, LA

      Welcome to the Naturally Native Squids group. Don't forget to add your lens links to the appropriate plexos and vote for them.

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      jerryswrite 8 years ago

      Great job on showing what a wonderful woman Geeta is. Nice to read about her after reading your Kartick lens. Well done! 5 stars, favorite.

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      Angelina 8 years ago from California

      really nice to learn about such a good person 5*'s

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens. Glad to have found it.

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      Karendelac 8 years ago

      Absolutely wonderful page on an extraordinary woman. Geeta is one of these angels that live their lives to help other species.

      You have done this very well. Good job Frankie,

      5 stars and bookmarked.

      karen

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      She has done some impressive things, hope her success continues!

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      A remarkable woman - a great lens about her work. 5*s and a SquidAngel Blessing, Frankie!