Dharamsala Animal Rescue

We seek a humane environment for animals with direct benefits to the communities of Himachal Pradesh, India. We work to end human deaths by rabies, provide humane animal control programs and community education.
Feb 23, 2015

An Ode To Ricky Lee

Hello friends of Dharamsala Animal Rescue, 

 

We hope your 2015 is off to a wonderful start. Here in Dharamsala, it is puppy season. As you know, most puppies are born on the street without proper food, vaccination, care, and warmth (nights are about 2 C of 33F or lower.) The results can be heartbreaking but we do have a few success stories about pups that pull through like this adorable girl. 

We found her on the side of the road all hunched over and I assumed she was doing her "business." However, with a closer look, it was clear she had rickets. Rickets is a vitamin D deficiency, that causes bones to soften, which can cause breakages and malformations of the bones. If you look at the “Before” photo you can see the state she was in on that first day. We decided to name her Ricky (Rickety) Lee Jones, after the soulful American singer/songwriter as a way to promise her a successful future ! 

By day two of her stay with us, she had her legs wrapped and was already flirting with 2 volunteers who fell immediately fell in love . (Photo 2.) By day three, we found a her a foster home where she could be socialized with other dogs, get good nutrition and lots of love. In just a couple weeks time, she went from near death to a happy healthy puppy. Her legs have straightened out and now she runs around with the other dogs at her foster home. (TO SEE VIDEO CLICK HERE)

If anyone, would like to adopt Ricky and give her a forever home, please let us know!  This would be the perfect ending to Ricky's story. 

In other DAR news, we are in the process of upgrading our clinic facilities and could use your assistance in funding this project. See below for details: 

1. Redo prep room and Operation Theater floors to provide a more hygienic environment $300

2. New Microscope $800

Any money we raise above this will automatically go to help with our monthly expenses: medicine, mobile clinic petrol, food, salaries etc. 

CLICK HERE to donate. 

In addition to our current needs, we hope to raise $10,000 on March 18th, Global Giving's First Bonus Day of the year !  There is $60,000 available in matching funds to be handed out.. I will send you a reminder, but please put it on your calendar. If we hit our goal this will cover 4 months of our costs. 

As always, thank you for your support. We would not have been able to save Ricky Lee Jones without you. 

With Gratitude, 

 

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Dec 3, 2014

A Chance Encounter

Hello DAR Friends, 

You just never know where life is going to take you, who you will meet, or what will have significant and lasting impact.

I certainly never would have predicted that a trip to Dharamsala in 2008 would turn my entire world upside down. Turning a life that was somewhat predictable into a life where I never know what is coming next. This can be a difficult career choice for me and my staff. There are language barriers, cultural differences, the sadness of losing animals to car accidents, disease, and regular maltreatment by humans. We get questioned about the importance of our work, "Why not humans? Why not children?"

Then comes a day, November 19, 2014, when you are randomly on the same plane as His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama. On this day, you are thanked for your work profusely. No questions asked! It gives you the much needed energy to keep doing what you are doing.

I am not a Buddhist. I am barely spiritual these days, but I do believe that DAR is on the right path.

Today, marks the day of our final fundraising push for 2014! It has been a great year thanks to all of you. We are trying to reach $10,000 by the end of the year. For everyone who donates $25 and above, DAR will send you a 2015 Calendar until supplies run out. (USA ONLY.) We are working on getting these shipped to other countries as well and we will notify you if this option becomes available. To donate, please go to our GlobalGiving Page: 

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/dharamsala-animal-rescue/

 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your ongoing support.

The DAR STAFF:

Deb Jarrett, Kamlesh Singhbora, Dr. Yog Raj, Parveen Kumar, Munna Thakur, Sanjay Singh, SamSher Singh, Pavna Devi, Richard Scrambler, Monja Mckay, Balochi Sondhi

 

PS: please check out the article about us published in The Prodigal Chair. 

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Oct 13, 2014

World's Rabies Day and Last Matching Day!!

Our Team at the DAV School in Yol
Our Team at the DAV School in Yol

Dharamsala Animal Rescue works to end Rabies with the Global Alliance for Rabies Control

Why World Rabies Day Matters? 

  • Rabies is a neglected disease with devastating consequences.
  • At least one person dies every ten minutes from a disease that leaves him or her begging for the end.
  • Up to 60% of estimated 70,000 people are children under 15 years old. 95% of victims are from Africa or Asia, few have access to palliative care that would alleviate the suffering of their final hours.
  • It's estimated that 20,000,000 dogs are indiscriminately culled every year, in misguided attempts to control the disease (tragically, culls cause disruptions in the population can actually accelerate outbreaks). 
  • 84% of the people who die of rabies are from impoverished communities in rural areas of Africa and Asia
  • India, has the highest rate of death by rabies in the world. 95% of the time, the disease is due to a dog bite.
Educating the Community and Vaccinating the Dogs
 
This year, DAR teamed up with the DAV School in Dharamsala. 850 children between the ages of 3 and 18 attend the school and DAR, along with the Department of Animal Husbandry of Dharamsala, educated the children on rabies, what to do if they were bit, how to avoid dogs they do not know, and to make sure that their pets and the strays in their communities get vaccinated! AND, we even had some fun. We brought some cute healthy puppies for the children to play with, held a drawing contest, and handed out prizes for correct answers on what they learned that day. 

The children also invited their parents and families to bring their pets for free rabies vaccinations by our staff. 

It was an important team effort in the community to help us on our way to rabies eradication, part of DAR's mission. 
To help us continue to do important work like this, PLEASE consider donation to us on October 15, 2014.  Gloal Giving is offering a 30% match on all donations up to $1,000 per donor per project, while funds remain. There is $75,000 available in matching and matching begins at 9:00 a.m. EDT and lasts until funds run out or 11:59 p.m. EDT.  There is also $2,000 in bonus prizes available! Here is the link: 
https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/dharamsala-animal-rescue/

Thank you so much for your continued support so we can make an impact on the animals and the people of Dharamsala. 

With Gratitude, 

 

An puppy loving student
An puppy loving student
The children were excited to answer the questions!
The children were excited to answer the questions!
Some great coloring!
Some great coloring!

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