Aug 16, 2012

Food prices, power outages, monsoon and adoption!!

Rhett Gets Adopted
Rhett Gets Adopted

Hello friends, 

I am in India these days working on the ground. It always gives me new energy about our mission to witness the progress first hand. This is my 5th time in India and the difference in the health of the street dogs is just astounding. First off, all there are fewer of them,thanks to our sterilization program, and they look so much healthier!! The only problem about being here at this time is that is it monsoon season, which basically means it is wet and rainy all of the time and nothing ever dries. 

One thing that has ramped up this year is our adoption rate! We used to have about 2 to 4 per year, now we are seeing 2 to 4 per quarter!!  I was lucky enough yesterday to witness a puppy we rescued with a fractured leg, recover and get adopted by a lovely family!! I have attached a photo. It was a really special day for me to see this first hand. 

On the other hand, there are still so many dogs to be sterilized and vaccinated, especially in surrounds villages. Locally, we also have many cases of mange, broken bones from car accidents, distemper and parvo in puppies, and cancerous tumors. There also seems to be an uptick in cows being hit by cars. It is a really sad state of affairs. I am also attaching a photo of a calf we recently rescued and a dog with severe mange. 

However, due to drought and food prices rising, power outages, and medicine prices our monthly budget has increased. If you can, please help us to be able to meet our goals. 

We are now able to take tax exempt donations in both the US:

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/spay-neuter-vaccinate-dogs-erradicate-rabies/

and the UK:

http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/spay-neuter-vaccinate-dogs-erradicate-rabies/

If you can make a recurring donation, Global Giving has a sponsor who will MATCH MONTHLY. So if you can donate $10 per month it will be $20!!  

As always, thank you so much for your support. With much gratitude. Deb Jarrett, Executive Director

Mange
Mange
Calf hit by bus
Calf hit by bus
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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