Introducing the Dharamsala Animal Rescue Mobile Clinic!
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.
Currently, we have found land for our new project. It will include an ABC/AR (animal birth control/anti rabies) project in association with the Dharamsala Government Department of Animal Husbandry and hopefully with support of the Animal Welfare Board of India. It will also include a rescue operation and an expanded Wesley's Paw project which focuses on education, adoption. We will also provide room and board for key staff so the animals are not left alone overnight and we will provide some volunteer housing! We are also looking at hiring more staff and getting them trained. We are still supporting the NGO, Tibet Charity and running the Wesley's Paw project.
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.
Ruby the fund raiser
Feb 25, 2013
World Spay Day is February 26, 2013.
By Deb Jarrett - CEO-Founder
Asha napping atop her friends Dosti and Cookie
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!
Dharamsala Animal Rescue will be promoting this in 3 ways
We are sending the veterinarian we sponsor, Dapka Tenzin, at Tibet Charity to attend ABC/AR (Animal Birth Control/Anti Rabies) VetTrain run by Vets Beyond Borders.
Ajeet Kapoor, at our Wesley's Paw project, has just completed the veterinarian assistant ABC/AR VetTrain program.
On February 26th, World Spay Day, we will be collaborating with the Department of Animal Husbandry in Dharamsala to perform spay/neuter surgeries and adminster rabies vaccinations on as many street dogs as we can. Specifically, two of our dogs at Wesley's Paw are now old enough for their spay surgeries, Asha and Pari. (photos attached.)
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.