Actress Amala Akkineni rescued her first animal at the age of six, and hasn’t stopped since. After her marriage to Telugu star Nagarjuna, she moved to Hyderabad in 1992, where the paucity of animal shelters or animal welfare services spurred her into founding Blue Cross Hyderabad. Now in its 28th year of operation, Blue Cross Hyderabad has rescued and treated over 435,000 animals, worked with government departments to improve animal welfare, inspected and supervised animal trials in labs, trained government workers and other people involved in animal rescue, and conducted many outreach and awareness programs. While animal welfare takes centre stage in her life, Akkineni has, at various points of time, also been involved with organisations taking up a wide spectrum of causes, ranging from HIV to child and widow empowerment. Her dedication and compassion towards both humans and animals is worthy of our admiration.