Heroes don’t always wear capes

16 Mar 2020

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – Mahatma Gandhi

A “Hero” is a Greek word used to describe a person or character who has strength and bravery — often sacrificing their own personal concerns for a greater good. We equate this to a big strong personality of men at war and battlefields. But heroes are all around us, quietly creating a better world for us all, one small act at a time.

This woman’s day we are celebrating women who contributed to our community. We are proud to have this wonderful person on the team, who is selfless and Wholeheartedly embraces the V Philosophy to “Honour and Respect life” and “To live in harmony with nature”. She is none other than our Stylist and Image Consultant in V Salon, at The Andaman Langkawi, - Umi Shakira.

Animal lover Umi works 12 hours a day as a stylist and travels an hour to get to work. But her workday typically starts and ends with nurturing, feeding and caring for the 20+ furkids in her community.

Umi also needs to provide medical treatments sometimes for them at her own expense. “I don’t have children of my own, but I never feel a void in my life. I love all animals, and this is a fulfilling call. I would also feed the dogs and birds, but I feel a connection to these felines. It's like they chose me, not the other way around” she says. 

She never finds it a burden financially, she said people are generous when they know of her cause. “Sometimes my customers and friends just drop a bag of food when they come in for a haircut” she says. Umi uses her social media to find the cats home and spread positive messages educating people on the benefits of owning a pet. 

As April 11, is National Pet Day, “V” would like to encourage readers to do something special for the organizations that help find homes for orphaned animals or even adopt a pet. There are many benefits to having a pet. 

Recent studies have shown the benefits of the human-animal bond that have evolved to become acutely attuned to human behavior and emotions. Spending time with your pet has been known to offer several mental, physical and emotional benefits, which can improve your quality of life. Animal-assisted therapy can significantly reduce fatigue, lowers blood pressure levels, anxiety, and depression including a range of different health problems. Caring for an animal can help children grow up more secure and active. Pets also provide valuable companionship for older adults. Perhaps most importantly, though, a pet can add real joy and unconditional love to your 

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