Mohammad Zabi Khan, better known as Zabi Khan Vegan First is an Indian animal rights activist. He is the founder of the NGO “A Place to Bark.”
Zabi Khan was born on Wednesday, 11 June 1997 (age 23 years; as in 2020) in Hyderabad. His zodiac sign is Gemini. He graduated in Computer Science from KG Reddy College of Engineering and Technology (KGRCET), Hyderabad. When Zabi was in class 8 (around 13 years old), he came across an abandoned German Shepherd puppy on a street and unable to find his owners, he took the puppy to his home. He named him Casanova. Two days later the puppy fell sick and died. Reminiscing his puppy, Casanova, Zabi said,
He fell sick two days later. My father and I took him to a doctor, but Casanova passed away that night. The doctor had told my father that he had a severe bacterial infection — it was probably the reason he was abandoned. He was my first pet and I was heartbroken.”
That day Zabi promised himself that he will not let any animal suffer like Casanova. Soon, he began volunteering at local NGOs and animal shelters.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Hair Colour: Blonde
Eye Colour: Black
Family & Caste
Not much is known about his parents. Zabi has a sister, Shumaila Syed.
After noticing a shortage of organisations that worked to rehabilitate abandoned and abused dogs, Zabi decided to start his own organisation. In 2014, he founded an NGO “A Place to Bark” with the support of his family. The NGO was based near his home.
However, when Zabi took up engineering for his further studies, it became difficult for him to manage his NGO. It was then, that he came up with the idea of opening a shelter for animals inside his college premises. He discussed the idea with the authorities and convinced them for the cause. With the opening of shelter for abandoned animals inside his college, KG Reddy College of Engineering and Technology (KGRCET) became the first animal friendly educational campus in India.
The shelter is open not just for dogs but it also hosts other animals like cats, rabbits, turkeys, and ducks. The students and faculty of the college volunteer towards the protection of such animals.
In 2020, Zabi participated in the game reality show “MTV Roadies Revolution” with the motive of spreading awareness about the protection of abandoned animals.
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Awards & Achievements
- Ashoka Youth Venturer (2017)
- Rise Young Citizen (2017)
- National Youth Icon for Humility (2018)
- The Pride of Telangana Award (2018)
- Sport(s): Football, Basketball
- Football Player: Neymar Jr
- Singer(s): Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Auburn
- Film(s): Ghost Rider (2007), Twilight (2008)
- TV Show(s): Bigg Boss, MTV Roadies
- Book: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
- His hobbies include reading and travelling.
- In 2018, Zabi was nominated for India’s highest civilian award “Padma Shri.”
- His NGO “A Place to Bark” organises adoption drives every 6 months. While talking about the adoption drives, Zabi said,
We recently (2018) organised a big adoption drive at Numaish, a popular event organised in the Nampally area. We managed to find people to adopt 28 desi pups in one day.”
- Zabi has also collaborated with Hyderabad’s fashion designers to organise fashion shows centered around animal abuse.
- As of 2020, Zabi himself has eight abandoned dogs at his home. While talking about his pets, Zabi says
They are free animals. I let them to go around and do as they please.”
- He is a world record holder for being the youngest animal rights activist. As of 2020, Zabi has saved more than 3000 animals.
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