Help Street Dogs in Dharamsala and Save Lives!

May 24, 2012

The origins of Dharamsala Animal Rescue

Tommy when I first met him.
Tommy when I first met him.

First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you for making the partnership with GlobalGiving happen!! Many of you have been supporters for a long time and some of you are brand new. 

Today, I want to share with you how I became involved in this project.

In 2008, I volunteered at a preschool in Dharamsala, India. The children were unforgettable, but my heart was taken by an injured dog I saw outside of the school. When I mentioned my concern for the dog to the people who live in the village, it was received with indifference. I was saddened by the reactions and felt helpless. Incredibly, my path crossed with Arvind Sharma, a man doing everything in his power to change the way India views animals. He quickly sent a volunteer vet to help. Miraculously, my actions and concern sparked a change. Today, I am happy to report the dog, Tommy, is healthy and cared for by this very neighborhood! Upon returning home, I knew I needed to do everything in my power to help. I created “Dharamsala Animal Rescue” to raise awareness about Arvind’s work and to fund his projects.  

In 2008, Arvind had no funds coming in and no home base or employees. Today, working together, we have a fully functioning clinic which consists of; 16 kennels with 16 more almost completed, an operation theater, a consulation room almost completed, a full time veterinarian, 3 paravets, 1 vet nurse, as well as a helper and a manager. 

Attached are before and after photos of "Tommy" who brought Arvind and I together almost 4 years ago to make this all happen. 

Thank you for your ongoing support. 

Tommy after he was healed and cared for.
Tommy after he was healed and cared for.

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Project Leader

Deb Jarrett

san francisco, California United States

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