Pune: Sawani Khurjekar (20) started ‘Motopaws’ in 2015. It makes reflective collars for stray dogs. These collars shine in the dark so that mishaps involving strays can be avoided.
For her innovative work, Khurjekar has been selected as a ‘Teen Changemaker’ by Ashoka Youth Venturer.
Ashoka Youth Venturer recently selected 18 teen social innovators as role models for youths from across the country.
Motopaws is an NGO that works toward safety and rights of abandoned and stray animals.
It was started in a bid to help street dogs, injured or killed in accidents, which often happens due to darkness.
“The unique aspect about the Motopaws collar is that its base is composed of denim and they use buttons instead of a belt which further increases the comfort and usability of the product. It can withstand all seasons. Hence, it is suitable for street dogs,” said Khurjekar.
Motopaws was also honoured by Ratan Tata in 2015.
The selection process had taken place in three stages conducted by Ashoka Fellow, Youth Venturers and industry leaders.
“Sawani Khurjekar is a role model for other children because of her inspiring efforts to identify an important problem and address it at such a young age,” said Director of Youth Venturer of Ashoka South Asia, Yashveer Singh.