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Sep 14, 2015

Look at that FACE! - and Final Bonus Day of 2015


Dear Friends of Dharamsala Animal Rescue, 

Today, I want to share the story of Tiger. Tiger lives on the street and had been wandering around with a huge tumour. Unfortunately, no one in the community alerted us. Luckily, a member of the DAR team happened to see him, so he was brought into the clinic.

To get a second opinion and some testing done on the tumor, we took him to Palampur Veterinary College, an hour and a half away where they have a much more sophisticated lab.  They confirmed that it was a benign tumour which was a relief to hear.

Our two vets Dr Harry and Dr Vinay, along with their assistant Sanjay, performed a surgical resection to remove the tumour, and Tiger is now tumour free and recovering well. He is going to find it much easier to move around now as the tumour weighed 2.5 kg!! 

Every day we treat cases of animals on the streets that are injured, sick, weak, and in need of care and we cannot do it without your support. 

Luckily, on September 16th, $70,000 in matching money becomes available on Global Giving for the FINAL BONUS DAY of the year and 30% of your donation will be matched until funds run out.

Please donate as early as possible as these funds go so quickly as this is a competition between DAR and the rest of the projects on Global Giving. 

HERE ARE THE START TIMES for different areas!
9:00 am New York time
6.30 pm India time
11:00 pm Au time
01:00 am NZ time (16 Sept)


Tiger thanks you for your ongoing support!

If you have any questions, please email me at


Tiger before surgery
Tiger before surgery
Tiger Recovering
Tiger Recovering
Jul 12, 2015

The Face of Despair- and how you can help on Bonus Day!

Dear DAR friends,

This is a story of all of the nameless puppies we see on the streets every day. If you are an animal person, I am sure you have seen the following before:

  • One female dog can produce 2 litters of 6 - 10 puppies per year.
  • This means one unspayed female and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in 6 years.
  • An estimate 80% of the dogs will be euthanized in shelters.
  • Why Spay? Do you know 67,000 people who want a new dog?

These statistics are for western countries only.

  • In India, instead of the 80% of the dogs being euthanized, they will die as puppies of starvation, parvo, distemper and poisoning. As adults, they may die beatings and car accidents. To me, euthanasia sounds like a dream come true for these dogs.
  • In Dharamsala, about 1% of the human population will adopt a local breed or street dog. The rest, if they get a dog, it will be a breed dog bought from a pet shop. The only street dogs that will be adopted are black males because they are thought to have spiritual/protective auras.
  • In Dharamsala, people are still dying of rabies due to getting bitten by an unvaccinated stray.
  • So Why Spay? Do you have to still ask?

This puppy, is the only surviving puppy of her litter. The rest died of disease and car accidents from what we were told. Since she is a female, she will never have a home except for the streets. Same as her mother.  In order to humanely control the population and create a sustainable amount of dogs on the streets that we can keep healthy, the only way, is our ABC/AR (Animal Birth Control) program.

Please consider donating to this program on Global Giving Bonus Day on July 15th. We are trying to raise $20,000 for this program. Here are some of the associated monthly costs:

Cost for a female spay and post operative care (based on 3 day stay): $35
Cost for a male neuter and post operative care (based on 3 day stay): $27
Monthly Total: 60 dogs per month (total based on 30/30) = $1860 
Salary of Vet for ABC/AR project: $400
Salary of a Vet Assistant: $140
Monthly Rent for Clinic: $250
These expenses may seem small from a western perspective, but we only ever have about two months in the bank for our work. If we can raise $20,000 on July 15th, we will be able to breath a sigh of relief.




On July 15th, there is $115,000 in matching available on Global Giving USA

Donate to DAR on Global Giving

Also, for the first time ever, GlobalGiving UK will also be putting up £8,500

Donate to DAR on Global Giving UK

Matching begins at 9:00:01 EDT and lasts until funds run out or 23:59:59 EDT. DAR will receive 50% match on any donation made but please note we are in competition with hundreds of Global Giving partners for the funds, so please donate EARLY!!!

CLICK HERE  for the time in your area!

*Donations from UK taxpayers are eligible for Gift Aid (25% extra to DAR).*
Thank you so much for your ongoing support!
*if you would like a reminder email of when Bonus Day starts, please send me an email at:
May 12, 2015

The Life of Stray Dog and May 13th Matching Day!


Hi Global Giving Friends, 

We wanted to share with you a video that was made by one of our sister organizations, World for All, in Mumbai, portraying the life of a street dog in India. The focus is to encourage people to adopt strays instead of breeds and be kinder to them. We decided, why reinvent the wheel and have chosen to share their video to allow our supporters a rare look in the life of a dog in India. If you have never been to India, this video can be quite shocking, but it is what we see happen daily and work to improve. 

Here is the link to the video: 

Life of a Stray

 Disclaimer: No dogs were hurt in the making of this video. This video has been put together purely with video editing. The scenes only depict the various challenges a street dog faces everyday in India. This video is meant to sensitize and change their current situation to a better one. 

With your help, we can continue our rescue work, spay/neuter program, and community education. 

We cannot thank you enough for your help in our efforts to help the animals of Dharamsala!! Here is the link to donate on May 13. There is $75,000 for DAR and other Global Giving Partners to try and claim for their work. With your help, we are trying to raise $10,000. 


Please see the attached photos of some of our current patients that need your help!

Thank you for your support!  

Volunteer with Sterilization Patient
Volunteer with Sterilization Patient
Bubbles having physical therapy
Bubbles having physical therapy
Monk with Stray Pup he found
Monk with Stray Pup he found


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