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Mar 30, 2020

Thank you for your incredible Generosity!

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Dear [donor first name], 

 

WOW! We are over the moon with the generosity you have shown us during this crazy time! For the first time ever during a matching campaign we have exceeded our goal. 

 

You have collectively contributed $6,910.38 plus additional matching! We will be able to keep helping our residents, patients, emergency cases, and pay our staff for the time being. I was really afraid that we would be having to shut down or let people go at this time. This is such a relief. 

 

In India, the supply chain for food has made it extremely difficult for families (and DAR) to get what is needed. We feed our dogs a combination of meat, rice, soya, eggs. We are having issues with our main supplier of meat scraps but are so far lucky enough to find some chicken.

 

Soon there will be no chicken so we are scavenging the shops to find as much dry dog food as we can which is much more. Amazon is no longer delivering in India so we cannot get it that way. 

 

Luckily, pharmacies are still open and we have a good stock of medicine and supplies. We don't see things getting better in India - in fact - it will get worse for some time. 

 

On a good note, many governments are allowing people to go out and feed the stray animals during lockdown. Some cities are giving street feeder passes to allow people to drive around town and feed. Unfortunately, our district is not allowing this due to a death from Covid 19.

 

However, they encouraging people to feed dogs and other animals when they are out shopping for essentials during the allowed hours from 7am to 1pm and to feed animals around your homes and in your villages. 

 

We are still trying to get special permission to go around with our vehicles and feed. In the meantime, we are promoting it on social media as much as possible. 

 

But for now, we are up and running and our dogs seem to be enjoying the lockdown more than the human as you can see in this video. 

  

Again, thank you from the bottom or our hearts! 

Please everyone stay safe and healthy. 

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Deb Jarrett, Founder & Executive Director

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Mar 23, 2020

What happens to Madok During a Global Pandemic?

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Dear *{{First Name}}*, 

  

Wow. Who could have predicted this? 


I am writing this appeal to you as I sit in my hotel in New Delhi waiting for my flight to the USA on March 21st - the last day international flights are allowed to land in India. 


Two days ago, Himachal Pradesh, the state that Dharamsala is in, closed all borders to domestic and foreign tourists. Yesterday, it was announced that two people tested positive for Covid 19 in the county. Things are just beginning. 


I know all of you are probably practicing self-isolation at the moment, and hoping for the best. As you learn new ways of being, I wanted to make you aware of the impact this is having on the work you so generously support: 


We have no vet.

Our Head Vet, Dr. Sonia Thakur, is stuck in Australia until the ban is lifted. Our second vet, Dr. Nazneen Thakur left DAR March 8th to be closer to her family in the state of Punjab. She volunteered to come back and help while Sonia was stuck but now can’t because she is not allowed into the state. 


What does this mean for DAR? Luckily, our vet assistants are well trained and can handle all treatments and diagnosis with consults from our vets, just like they are for Modak. Modak is one of the approximate 40 hit and run cases we get per month. Here he is learning to walk again.    

The Dharamsala Government is encouraging people to stay home unless their work is critical. While our work is critical, we are not a human hospital and we need to ensure the safety or our staff.

What does this mean for DAR?

We have decided that only 50% of our staff will be at DAR at any given time and they will be told to stay home if they are ill. Our helpline will be on from 9am to 12pm each day and we will be attending to only emergency rescues. We rely on local shops for most of what we need and we are hoping we will still be able to purchase to help the 37 dogs at DAR currently and any new rescues. 

 

How can you help? 

 

If you are financially able to donate at this time, please take advantage of this

week’s matching opportunity.  All individual donations up to $50 will be matched starting NOW:

 

09:00:00 ET  (click for your time), March 23, 2020,

through

23:59:59 ET on Friday, March 27. 

 

All monthly donations will be doubly matched!

Not only will your donations help our animals, but it will enable us to keep our staff paid! There are no unemployment benefits for them and most are sole income providers for their extended families. 

I can't thank you enough for anything you can give at this time. Please everyone stay safe and healthy. 

 

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Deb Jarrett, Founder & Executive Director

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PS: We did have some fun during my 18 days in India. I even got to give Shivu her first driving lesson!

 

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Feb 13, 2020

It's been cold in the Himalayas!

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Hi ,

Winter is cold in the Himalayas and unfortunately, it is also puppy season. 

So many puppy born on the streets. No matter how many spay/neuter we do, there are so many more that need to be done. To try to up our game in that area, we are looking to change the way we implement our ABC (Animal Birth Control) program. 

We are looking to change to a "camp" based method which would have us gathering vet volunteers twice a year (October and April) to do as many spay/neuter as we can within those months. With this method, we can get more done (ideally) than we do in one year in our monthly program, where we currently aim for 80 per month. 

 Unfortunately, in the monthly program, we are unable to work during monsoon and sometimes in the winter due to weather. These restrictions cause issues with stabilizing the population while we focus on specific areas because if we do not hit 90% sterilization within 6 months, the moms are having litters again, making our work harder. 

Currently, we are aiming to hold our first camp in October, 2019. Stay tuned for more details as we go through the year. 

 

In the meantime, we have puppies, more than we can find homes for, like this cutie, Chhota Beem. 

 

 

Chhota Bheem was found chewing his left front and back paws. We think maybe he stepped on something really hot and it burned the tissues and the itchiness made him chew his paws partially off. 

We crossed our fingers and gave him a long anaesthetic because we needed to clean all of the dead tissue away. His was in such a poor state that we did not think he would wake up - but lo and behold, he was awake and eating the next day!

He is now getting stronger everyday, has a great appetite and is very charming! He is even walking! You can see just how charming he is by viewing the YouTube link below. 

You can see more success stories and learn how Dharamsala Animal Rescue is making a more humane and sustainable life for the street dogs of Dharamsala by joining us on social media.

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With gratitude,


Deb Jarrett, Founder & Executive Director

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