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Photo: K. Gajendran

ANIMAL WELFARE is close to her heart. Behind the glamorous face is a crusader espousing a cause. Amala Akkineni, one of the co-founders (the other being Nagarjuna Akkineni) of the Blue Cross of Andhra Pradesh, has been zealously working for animals. "We have become insensitive to each other and towards animals," she says. As one catches up with her in the premises of the Blue Cross one notices her deep interest as she cuddles a sick dog, ensures a blind one has food and talks to the others who casually stroll in to the room. Spare a thought for animals. Show how you care through six ways she suggests:

Save sick, injured or abused animals by calling the Blue Cross Animal Rescue service (Tel 23544355, 23545523). After 5 p.m. it is only for emergencies.

Share your home and adopt a homeless animal. Share our earth - develop tolerance and respect for all living creatures because earth needs them, not us!

Show them you care by helping in simple ways through feeding community animals, providing a water trough, bird bath, nesting place

Stop animal abuse, cruelty or exploitation. Call Blue Cross or People for Animals (Tel: 27547540).

Sign up as a volunteer with your local animal welfare group or make a donation to help animals - it's the greatest way to get involved and help is always needed and appreciated.

Sow the seeds of friendship. Help bridge human-animal conflict through informed and involved community participation. (Don't feel threatened by an aggressive animal or tolerate any menace.

Citizens can inform the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad (MCH) and it is the MCH's duty to catch the animals. Tel: 24617017) Spend a few minutes each day to make peace with nature and animals in your community. Let the love spread...

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