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Parshathy. J. Nath
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Chatline Mini Vasudevan and Madhu Ganesh fight tooth and claw to inculcate a sense of love and humaneness towards stray animals in the city, writes Parshathy. J. Nath

Mini Vasudevan and Madhu Ganesh of Humane Animal Society in Coimbatore. — Photo: K. Ananthan
Mini Vasudevan and Madhu Ganesh of Humane Animal Society in Coimbatore. — Photo: K. Ananthan

“God, please help me be the person my dog thinks I am”. Husband and wife Mini Vasudevan and Madhu Ganesh wear this prayer on their t-shirts. They are engineers, but it is really their love for animals that binds them. “When we quit our engineering jobs in the U.S.A and settled in Coimbatore in 2004, we noticed that there was no organised initiative for animal welfare. We decided to begin a trust for Humane Animal Society (HAS) in 2006,” says Mini. They took charge of the Corporation’s dog shelter at Seeranaickenpalayam, the same year. “When we visited the area, it was a jungle. With long grass, overgrown weeds and a smelly gutter, it was a den of anti-social activities,” says Madhu. However, that did not deter the couple. With shovels, spades and friends and volunteers, they made the shelter liveable for the animals.

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