Episode 50: Kindness Is Growing Roots & Shoots

Photo credit: Jane Goodall Institute Canada

Anitha is thrilled to celebrate the 50th episode of the podcast with Lauren Saville, the manager for the Roots & Shoots program at the Jane Goodall Institute Canada.

The goals of the Roots and Shoots program and this podcast are very similar—empowering and supporting youth who are making a positive difference for animals, people and the environment.

Lauren talks about how this program has grown since it was started by Dr. Goodall back in 1991 in Tanzania.

Lauren also shares how schools, communities and individual students can apply to be a part of the Roots and Shoots program and qualify for a grant.

As a thank you to Lauren for coming on the podcast, Anitha donated to the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada.

To learn more about JGI Canada, please check out their website: https://janegoodall.ca/

Episode 49: Kindness Is Caring Around The World

Twenty-one-year-old, Emily Redford from Ontario, Canada joins Anitha to talk about her experience caring for animals in different parts of the world.

Emily has travelled to India, Hyderbad, Egypt, Panama and Greece to volunteer with local animal rescues.

Though she is not ‘officially’ trained in animal health care, Emily is totally hands-on and assists with before and after surgery care, sedating animals and monitoring them during surgical procedures, and of course offering comfort to the animals.

Emily shares both the best and difficult parts of volunteering in these places.

As a thank you to Emily for sharing her story, Anitha donated to Animal Warriors Conservation Society. This is one of the groups Emily volunteered with while she was in India. This NGO helps animals through conservation, rescuing injured wildlife, and raising awareness about animal-related issues within communities.

To learn more about Animal Warriors Conservation, check out their website: https://www.awcsindia.org/

To learn more about the animal organizations Emily volunteered with, click on the following links:

People For Animals: https://pfahyd.org/

Furever Foster: https://www.fureverfoster.org/

Naxos Wildlife Protection: https://naxoswildlifeprotection.com/

Sea Turtle Conservancy: https://conserveturtles.org/

Episode 48: Kindness Is Saving Shankar

Seventeen-year-old, Nikita Dhawan is on a mission to free Shankar, a lone African Elephant, from the Delhi Zoo.

Shankar was only two years old when he was taken from his family and deposited into the Delhi Zoo. Now, 26 years old, Shankar has endured endless years of isolation and being chained for 17 hours a day.

Nikita is determined to end Shankar’s suffering by having him live at a sanctuary in South Africa. Though she has obtained funding from The Aspinall Foundation to finance this trip from New Delhi to South Africa, other hurdles are still in the way. Nikita talks about next steps to attain her goal to help Shankar.

A story of perseverance and dedication to helping animals.

If you’d like to support Nikita’s goal to free Shankar from the Delhi Zoo, please sign this petition. https://chng.it/4wfxGb2vBW

To learn more about Nikita and Youth For Animals, check out their website: https://youthforanimals.org/

Here’s a link to the book Nikita mentioned: https://www.amazon.in/dp/B09ND4J375/ref=tsm_1_fb_lk

Here’s a link to Nikita’s webinar: https://fb.watch/fORy9zL-L8/

To learn about the Aspinall Foundation and the work they do, click here:

https://www.aspinallfoundation.org/

To learn about Born Free Foundation and the work they do, click here: https://www.bornfree.org.uk/

As a thank you to Nikita for sharing her story, Anitha donated to The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. They are one of Africa’s oldest wildlife charities and a leading conservation organization. They are known as the first and most successful elephant orphan rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. To learn more about The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, click here: https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/

Episode 47: Kindness Is Healing Animals Big & Small

Dr. Vivek Basu fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian— and what an incredible veterinarian he has become. Vivek donates a lot of his time and skills to help animals of all sizes, near and far.

In addition to talking about what it’s like to treat many different animals—dogs, cats, racehorses, rescued primates and wildlife, we also explore difficult subjects like trophy hunting and the difference between zoos and sanctuaries.

As a thank you for sharing his story, Anitha donated to Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary, one of the sanctuaries where Vivek donates his veterinary skills. This sanctuary provides healing and recovery from trauma for primates who have been rescued from laboratories, roadside zoos and other terrible circumstances.

To learn more about Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary, please check out: https://www.storybookmonkeys.org/

Episode 44: Kindness Is Sharing Birthdays

Ten-year-old Isla Spisani talks to Anitha about the special way she has been celebrating her past few birthdays.

As a thank you to Isla for sharing her story, Anitha donated to the Burlington Humane Society.

To learn more about the Burlington Humane Society and the work they do to help animals, check out their website: https://burlingtonhumane.ca/

Episode 43: Kindness Is Superheroes and Superstars

Superhero, Liam Wilson and Superstars, Will & Jada Finch, join Anitha to talk about a fundraiser they are all involved with—Superstars 2 Superheroes.

This event takes place on July 10th in Milton, Ontario. The goal is to raise money for Sick Kids, a hospital located in Toronto, Ontario.

Superheroes are children, like Liam, who have been or are patients of Sick Kids or hospitals in the surrounding area.

Will and Jada, like the other Superstars, are young people who have stepped up and helped their community—rescuing animals, helping people.

Will and Jada actually shared their story of creating Good Will Good Karma on episode 14 of the Kindness Is Everything podcast. If you love animals, definitely check out that episode!

To learn more about Superstars 2 Superheroes, click here: https://www.facebook.com/liamsmission00

To learn more about Liam’s story, check out his website: https://superheromom.ca/

To learn more about Good Will Good Karma, click here: https://www.facebook.com/goodwillgoodkarma/

As a thank you for sharing their story, Anitha donated to Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary. Since it began in 2014, Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary has been dedicated to rescuing abused, neglected and abandoned farmed animals. To learn more about this wonderful organization, check out their website: https://www.happilyeveresther.ca/

Episode 42: Kindness Is The Conservation Kid

At 12-years old, Cash Daniels is a celebrity. He was a top-five honoree of Time Magazine’s Kid Of The Year.

Cash talks to Anitha about all the initiatives he is involved in to help protect animals, the oceans, and the planet, including making Monofilament Receptacles to store used fishing lines and being the co-founder of The Clean Up Kids.

Cash also talked about the tragedy scheduled to happen on July 9th in Jupiter, Florida—A shark fishing tournament. Sharks are a protected species. Every year, 100 million sharks are killed. If you would like to help stop this horrific event from taking place, go to and sign the petition: https://www.change.org/p/help-cancel-shark-killing-tournament-in-jupiter-florida

You can follow Cash through his Instagram account: @theconservationkid

As a thank you for sharing his story, Anitha donated to The Clean Up Kids. The Clean Up Kids is a kid-inspired, kid-run not for profit. They are involved in direct action campaigns, speeches, films, interviews, and meetings with officials in positions to help make change happen. The Cleanup Kids realize that engaging youth is the way to make the biggest change.

To learn more about The Clean Up Kids, check out @thecleanupkids

Episode 40: Kindness Is Climate Strikes & More

Molly Hucker began her journey into climate activism in 2019 when she attended her first Climate Strike. Since then, her involvement continues to soar. Molly talks to Anitha about her journey from organizing a climate strike to becoming involved in a project, whose mandate is to include learning about climate change in all aspects of education!

A great episode for anyone who cares about our planet and how we can all make a difference.

You can follow Molly and see all the amazingly kind things she is up to through her Instagram account: @molly.hucker and on Twitter @MollyHucker

As a thank you to Molly for sharing her story, Anitha donated to the Indigenous Climate Network. The ICA works on connecting and supporting Indigenous communities to reinforce their place as leaders driving climate change solutions for today and tomorrow.

To learn more about ICA, please check out their website: https://www.indigenousclimateaction.com/

Other Links:

https://www.bera.ac.uk/event-series/researching-youth-methods-seminar-series

Flooding along the Conwy River film- Climate change: creative conversations in Wales | National Trust

Episode 39: Kindness Is Fostering

A lovely story about selfless love. Kimberly Chiang joins Anitha to talk about fostering dogs.

What inspired her to foster dogs, how she manages the heartache of saying goodbye when they leave for their forever home, and so much more.

You can follow the wonderful dogs Kimberly fosters on Instagram @fosterborks

As a thank you for sharing her story, Anitha donated to A Purposeful Rescue. This non-profit saves dogs from high-kill shelters, provides any needed veterinary care and finds them loving homes. To learn more about this rescue, check out their website: https://www.apurposefulrescue.org/

Episode 38: Kindness Is Stuffies 4 Smiles

Another awesome sibling duo join Anitha to share their story of Kindness. Ten-year old John Paul and eight-year old Juliana founded Stuffies 4 Smiles.

What started out in 2019 as a gesture of kindness to a homeless person and their dog has grown into a movement of kindness. In the past three years, John Paul and Juliana have collected stuffed animals, books, backpacks, handmade cards for people and communities in need.

To learn more about Stuffies 4 Smiles, check out their website: http://www.stuffies4smiles.ca/

as well as their Instagram account: @stuffies4smiles

As a thank you for sharing their story, Anitha donated to Happy’s Place, a retirement home for senior dogs. This wonderful not for profit rescues senior dogs. To learn more about the work this kind group of people do, check out their website: https://www.happysplace.ca