Dear DAR supporters,
We have great news for you!!!. We just opened our new clinic in a vilage called Rakkur in Dharamsala. It is in a beautiful and peaceful location and we could not be happier.
Currently, we have about 12 animals there for a variety of reasons; malnourished puppies, dogs who have been hit by cars with broken bones, skin disease, and of course a few of our patients that are now healthy and ready for adoption!!
We are still running our Mobile Clinic project as well and have treated over 100 cases in the past two months. Everything kind of case you can imagine. Our staff has hiked to help injured sheep owned by local Gaddi herders, saved a baby calf after a car hit her, and vaccinated and treated many local pets and strays dogs.
We could not have done any of this with out your assistance and ongoing support and donation.
For our end of the year compaign, we are hoping to raise $20,000 that will keep our clinic running for 5 months. Bascially, we just need 1000 people to donate $20 each. This can easily be accomplished by letting your animal loving friends know of our project either on Facebook, in a email, or by starting a Fundraising campaign yourself on GlobalGiving. (for information on how to start your own campaign go HERE scroll down to the orange donate button and click on the icon below that says "fundraiser.")
Thank you in advance for your help with our goal and have a wonderful holiday season.
PS: enjoy the photos of our cute patients attached : )
On July 22, we launched a new program we could not be more excited about. Initially, we are running this program 3 days a week to provide vaccinations, and treatment for mange, wounds, disease and other health issues. Our staff includes a Vet, Vet Assistant, and our Project Manager.
Why a Mobile Clinic you ask? 1. Dharamsala consists of many differently villages and small suburbs. Having a Mobile Clinic diminishes the problem of having to transport all dogs/animals to a primary shelter constricted by size and staff. By having DAR go into the community to help a suffering animal, we can engage the locals to help with the treatment and recovery of that animal, which may include feeding, administering medicine, and calling us again if more problems arise. 2. By treating the animal in its own community, the need for catching the dog with a net (unless aggressive) and taking the animal into our shelter is eliminated. This method greatly reduces the stress on the animal by letting it live and heal in its own community instead of confined in a kennel. 3. By being in the different villages and suburbs regularly, we can form long lasting relationships with the locals and work together to improve and expand our services to include local Animal Birth Control (spay/neuter) camps. 4. The land that we thought we had for our new physical clinic fell through. (This is a long story that is normal in India that I can share if you are interested.) This project allows us to start helping immediately while we wait for more land and the construction of a physical clinic. It also allows us to work on the stray animal problem from another angle. In the mean time, we are still partnering and funding Tibet Charity Animal Clinic, and working closely with Palumpur Veterinary College and the Department of Animal Husbandry for all cases when surgery is needed. During the first 2 weeks of our new project we have helped dogs with mange, wounds, and have vaccinated for rabies. We have also helped 2 stray cows in need of assistance. We look forward to giving you updates on our progress.
Dharamsala Animal Rescue is now an official Indian NGO!! What does this mean you ask? It means that DAR is now in control of it's own destiny. We now have the capability to raise funds in India, buy our own land, build our own clinic and hire our own staff. Prior to this, DAR was just a USA charity supporting the ocal NGOs on the ground, The Himalayan Nature Society and Tibet Charity. After pulling funding last fall from The Himalayan Nature Society due to poor management, we now are looking at a more hopeful future.
Now that the land is purchased, we need to raise funds to build the structures, most importantly the hospital. We have started a microproject to support this need. If you would like to contribute to the new clinic fund please click here:
Our staff in India is also fund raising in Dharamsala. We recently had a booth where some of our animals helped out. (see the attached photos.)
As always, thank you for your ongoing support. We would not be here without you.