The Founding Family

Erika, Jim and Claire Abrams-Myers are the founders and managing directors of Animal Aid. They have lived in India for over 15 years, and live right next to the Animal Aid shelter.

Managing Animal Aid is their life’s passion and absorbs their attention full-time.

Originally from Seattle in the United States, they started travelling to India and began living in Udaipur, Rajasthan, for several months of the year in the early ’90s. As they spent more time in Udaipur they started to notice injured animals on the street and it broke their hearts. There was nothing they could do and no one to call to help because Udaipur had no hospital for street animals (as was and is still the case throughout most of India.)

In 2002, after years of not knowing how to help and what to do, they took the plunge of a lifetime and founded Animal Aid. They hired Animal Aid’s first vet and opened the Animal Aid hospital in 2003. In the early months there were only four staff members, no ambulance, and not even a telephone! Animal Aid grew rapidly. Since that time their animal treatments have grown exponentially and by 2015, more than 50,000 animals have been treated. They have shifted from the original site which was very small to a rented 4-acres where 400 animals–250 who are under treatment and the rest in sanctuary –are housed each day and where 50 full-time staff members and volunteers from around the world take care of them.

They are a vegan family who look forward to greeting visitors and volunteers personally at the Animal Aid shelter.

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