Co Founder Belinda Carlisle kisses a donkey, one of India's many neglected street animals

Co-founder Belinda Carlisle, with one of her friends

Animal People Alliance was started as an income generation project of Her Future Coalition (Formerly Made By Survivors) in 2014, in partnership with Singer, Belinda Carlisle. We have recently spun off as an independently registered charity with the UK Charities Commission!

In South Asia, where we work, there are millions of neglected animals on the street. In many cities, like Calcutta, there are very few animal services and those that do exist are unable to provide enough basic help for all the suffering and homeless animals. Local communities are overwhelmed by the problem, and in many cases, street animals are stigmatized and badly abused as a result. In poor neighborhoods, there is often a disinterest about the suffering of animals, or a sense of powerlessness that people can do anything to help them.

The mission of this new project is to provide high quality care to street animals in need while also providing high quality employment to survivors of human rights abuses and other vulnerable populations. To address the root causes of animal neglect and abuse, we will put a strong emphasis on changing the consciousness for future generations, and raising awareness about the value of human relationships with animals and the need to treat animals humanely.

Our objectives are to create a national network to train and employ vulnerable youth and women as veterinary technicians, dog handlers, animal caregivers, etc. offering ongoing training, oversight and resources to the trainees and to the shelters where they are ultimately employed. We will partner with existing animal shelters and help to improve their resources and infrastructure so they can accommodate more animals and have a bigger impact.

In addition we will work with local shelter homes for women and children, to help integrate animals into their community and allow them to help each other recover from their traumas and problems. We will conduct workshops to teach the women and children how to properly care for and raise animals and show them how animals can be an integral part of the community and family.

Our survivor-activists will offer workshops in schools and communities to raise awareness and to promote a culture of compassion for animals.