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.
Hello Global Giving Supporters,
Hope your new year is going well. February is a big month in the Animal Welfare world. It is Spay/Neuter Awaremess Month organizations and individuals worldwide will promote spay/neuter as a way to save lives!
If you would like to help support our Spay/Neuter program this month choose the $20 option on our Project Page to help us cover the cost of surgery, vaccination, and salary.
As always, thank you for your continued support.
As some of you know, I left my corporate job in March to focus full time on DAR. My beloved dog, Wes, died in June, and I left to go to Dharamsala to work at our projects full time for almost 3 months.
It was a great opportunity to work at the Himalayan Nature Society (HNS), one of the NGOs DAR supports and see first hand our accomplishments and our failures. The good news is that the street dogs of Dharamsala have never looked better. Your donations and support have decreased the population of strays and created a healthier population. For the third year in a row, there were no reported deaths of human rabies in Dharamsala.
More good news was the beginning of our student Veterinarian internship program with World Wide Vets of the UK. The students were extremely helpful in cross cultural education for our staff. They worked to create better process for keeping track of our patients' health. They helped to create a quaratine area for animals with contagious deadly diseases like distemper and parvo. The program allowed them to get university credit.
Unfortunately, I discovered that the management of The Himalayan Nature Society was using some funds inappropriately and not investing in the betterment of the health of the animals, I decided to pull funding until the Chariman and the Board Members stepped down so we can pull in trustworthy and ethical professionals to move forward. This is not uncommon in the NGO world in developing and third world countries. However, I needed to put a stop to the corruption.
The animals at the clinic have been transferred to another NGO clinic that DAR now supports called Tibet Charity and a new sanctuary project called Wesley's Paw. All animals are now being cared for by these two groups until the reopening of the HNS clinic.
The HNS Chairman and Board are in the process of resigning and the police are helping us recoup the money that should have gone to our cause and not to their pockets. The clinic will reopen with DAR direct supervision with full support from the community of Dharamsala.
I believe that this hard lesson learned will prove to be a blessing in the future. We now will have greater control over where the money is spent and how the animals are treated.
For now, I would like to thank all of the folks in Dharamsala who have helped us keep moving forward with our good work during this difficult time:
Miet Van Dijick - Veterinarian Volunteer for DAR
Anje Sibbes - Veterinarian Volunteer for DAR
Sweety Singh - Director of Animal Care, Wesley's Paw
Ajeet Kapoor - Caretaker, Wesley's Paw
Anshita Sharma - Volunteer Dharamsala Animal Rescue, India
Tsering Thundup - Director at Tibet Charity
Lobsang Tuchee - Manager of Tibet Charity Animal Project
Dapka Tenzin - Veterinarian at Tibet Charity
Raja Sota - New Board Member of DAR, Owns Himalayan Explorers in Dharamsala
Elise Noel - New Board Member of DAR, Owns HImalayan Explorers in Dharamsala
Sheila Sedgewick - New Board Member of DAR, Owns Hotel Eagles Next in Dharamsala
Dr. Atul Puri - Governement Vet of Dharamsala
Dr. Sujay Sharma - Government Vet of Dharamsala
Dr. Mukesh Mahajan - Head Government Vet of Dharamsala
Ronny Novac - friend and animal lover in Dharamsala
Heidi Minx - friend and animal lover San Francisco and Dharamsala
Monja McKay - friend and animal lover Dharamsala
I hope I am not forgetting anyone, but these folks are helping our organization thrive. If you have any further questions about DAR, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you. I promise, all of you donations will be used for the betterment of the health of the street animals of Dharamsala and the community. Deb
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