Shamalatha is a teacher by profession with Masters Degrees (M.A.,M.Ed.,) in English and Education and has served for more than a decade both as a class-room teacher and as the Head of the Institution during her tenure. Even as a teacher, she was involved in writing scripts for many stories and instances of social causes which were enacted by her students. She has always guided her students to win awards in the inter-school debate, essay and drama competitions and was also a very popular class-room teacher, loved by her students.
Shamalatha is an animal activist by choice and strongly believes that animals have the right to live a decent life just as we humans do and it is an obligation on our part to provide them care and protection. She has been writing quite a few articles and awareness materials in Kannada and English, to spread the word about animal welfare among the general public.
She has been involved with animal welfare activities since 1998 and has a lot of field-work experience. The pilot project she planned and carried out along with two of her friends, to get all the dogs in her locality sterilized, was a great success and was the first of its kind in Bangalore ie., area-wise Animal Birth Control program (ABC). Later on she volunteered her knowledge and services in many area-wise mobile ABC camps conducted by other voluntary organizations at Lalbaugh, Vasanthanagar etc., in Bangalore.
She believes the 3 A's could bring down the street dog numbers - (i) Animal Birth Control (ABC) for street and pet dogs. (ii) Adoption of Indian dogs and puppies and (iii) Abandoning pets to be dealt with stringent punishment.
She has been getting the sick/injured street animals treated, vaccinated and sterilized and also tries to get them adopted into loving homes. She raised funds towards the construction of five big kennels at CARTMAN, Bangalore and also arranged for feeding of dogs there for two years through sponsors as the place was in need of help.
Her main concern is to spread awareness among children. Hence she has conducted weekly awareness sessions in schools/colleges under the banner of People for Animals, Bangalore, for about two to three years. She has also conducted comprehensive sessions in many schools/colleges during animal welfare fortnights on request by other animal welfare organizations.
"Chutki's Experiences", has been written and published by Shamalatha in an attempt to reach out to children in particular. This has been received well by people across the country.
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I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do