Jeny Joseph Leon

Jeny J Leon stood before a crowd, her heart brimming with gratitude for the recognition she received. For 33 years, her life had been a tapestry woven with threads of social activism, environmental stewardship, and unwavering devotion to animal welfare. From the bustling streets of Delhi to the vibrant cityscape of Bangalore, India, her journey had taken her on a remarkable path.

As an advocate for animals, Jeny had waged countless battles on behalf of the voiceless. From the majestic creatures of the wild to the humble strays of the streets, she had fought tirelessly for their rights. Her efforts had seen her rescue and nurture a diverse array of species, transforming her home in South Bangalore into a sanctuary for the vulnerable and neglected. But Jeny’s compassion knew no bounds. In addition to her work for animal welfare, she had also dedicated herself to uplifting the lives of the marginalized in her community. Whether it was educating orphaned girls, aiding the children of prisoners, or supporting individuals struggling with addiction, Jeny’s impact resonated far and wide. The past year had brought its share of challenges, including a fierce battle with COVID-19, but Jeny’s resolve remained unshaken. Despite setbacks, she continued to extend a helping hand to both humans and animals alike, earning recognition from esteemed organizations around the world.

Beyond her activism, Jeny had planted over 1 lakh trees, breathing life into the green spaces of her country. Her commitment to environmental causes, from founding India's first pet cemetery to advocating for state-of-the-art animal crematoriums, reflected her unwavering dedication to the planet and its inhabitants.

But Jeny’s work didn’t stop there. She was also a champion for legislative change, advocating for new laws to protect endangered species and put an end to cruel practices like animal sacrifices. Her efforts had earned her numerous awards and accolades, but for Jeny, recognition was more than just a trophy—it was a catalyst for greater awareness and collaboration. As she looked to the future, Jeny’s vision was clear. Through her #30By30 campaign, she aimed to establish shelters for both senior citizens and animals by 2030, ensuring that her legacy of compassion would endure for generations to come.

With gratitude in her heart and determination in her spirit, Jeny invited others to join her in the journey toward a more compassionate and harmonious world. For she knew that together, they could build a brighter future for all beings, great and small.