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27-YO's Love For Dogs Lands Him A Job With Ratan Tata, Proving Compassion Has Its Own Rewards

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I feel the best people in the world are those who can bestow endless amounts of compassion, not just towards other fellow humans but animals too. They're absolutely extraordinary because to garner any amount of empathy for anyone out of one's own species is a difficult thing to do and those who do it flawlessly are truly worth a mention.  

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While a lot of people dedicate their lives to the four-legged, we can surely talk about a few of them who've taken their hard work a notch higher and made a remarkable difference. Shantanu Naidu, a 27-year-old man happens to be one of them and we're glad we have people like him in the world.

Not only has the young man been helping out by saving the lives of the four-legged, he has also bagged an executive position in Ratan Tata's office because of his good work. Well, it was a bit of a struggle but Shantanu made it happen nonetheless.

It all started when he saw a dog who'd passed away on the road. Before he could move the dog's body to the side of the road, another car came and ran the dog over, again. This disheartened the youth to no extent and he decided to go on a mission to create reflective collars for all street dogs so the drivers could see them better and not run them over, especially at night.

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After making a prototype, Shantanu tested his product on a few dogs and he got positive messages from everyone on how the collars are keeping the dogs secure at night. There was no looking back for Shantanu thereon except he had no funds to make more collars. But his work was commendable enough for it to be covered by the Tata Group of Companies Newsletter. Right after the newsletter was out, when everyone was praising his work, Shantanu took the opportunity to write to Ratan Tata personally to help him fund his initiative. Not only did Mr Tata fund his initiative, he even offered Shantanu a job with Tata Trust.

That was the beginning of a beautiful friendship and mentorship for Shantanu, and this is his remarkably beautiful story, full of trust, loyalty, hard work and compassion!

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“I graduated in 2014 & started working at Tata group. Life was pretty smooth, until one evening, I saw the dead body of a dog on the road. I've always been fond of dogs & also rescued a few. So, seeing a stray like that killed me. I stood there thinking about bringing the body to the side, when another car ran over it—I was gutted. I knew that I had to do something. So I called a few friends & made a collar with reflectors on it, for drivers to see the dog from afar. The next day, we went & put these collars on stray dogs. I didn't know if it would work, but when I received a message saying that a dog had been saved because of the collar—it felt amazing! Soon, word spread & our work got covered in the Tata group of companies' newsletter. People wanted to buy our collars, but we had no funding. That's when my dad asked me to write a letter to Mr. Ratan Tata, since he loves dogs too. I was hesitant, but then I thought, 'Why not?' So I wrote him a handwritten letter & forgot about it! Two months later, I received a letter from Mr. Ratan Tata himself! When I opened it, it said that he loved our work & would like to meet me—I couldn't believe it! A few days later I met him at his office in Mumbai. He told me,'I'm deeply touched by the work you do!' I still get goosebumps thinking about it. He then took me to see his dogs & that's how our friendship began. He also funded our venture! I left for my masters soon, but I promised him that once I finished, I would work for the Tata Trust & he accepted my request! As soon as I came back to India, he called me & said 'I have a lot of work to be done in my office. Would you like to be my assistant?'—I didn't know how to react. So I took a deep breath, & a few seconds later said 'Yes!' It's been 18 months since I've been working for him & even now, I have to pinch myself to know that this isn't a dream. People my age have a hard time finding the right set of friends, the right mentor & the right kind of boss. But I can't believe my stars that I found all these humans in one superhuman named Mr. Ratan Tata. People lovingly call him Boss, but I like to call him the 'Millennial Dumbledore'—I think that name suits him the best."

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While we go about our lives, we often forget we have others apart from ourselves who need love and affection which is quantifiable. Because animals cannot communicate with humans, it's a bit of an extra effort to recognise their needs and cater to them in accordance and those who do so befittingly are truly genuine and kind people.

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A lot of initiatives such as Shantanu Naidu's initiative Motopaws (https://www.instagram.com/motopaws/?hl=en) make reflective collars for street dogs, so drivers at night can see them better and that helps them a great deal surviving on the streets and not getting run over. 

We're rather grateful to these unsung heroes who go out of their way to understand the emotions of an animal and we would request you to help such initiatives grow. 

If you have street dogs around you, definitely get in touch with Motopaws and put reflective collars around them so they can roam about freely at night, without getting into an accident.


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