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Dec 27, 2018

DAR Vaccinates 347 Street Dogs for Rabies

Marking a vaccinated dog helps manage population
Marking a vaccinated dog helps manage population

Dear [donor first name],

As 2018 approaches its end, we wanted to share with you our successes. By the end of the year, we will have served over 15,000 animals. Your generous support over the past 10 years that have made this possible. We ask that you continue to keep your heart open to DAR as we move into the next year.

2018 #’s

  • Vaccinated 1,185dogs
  • Treated 1,043animals through mobile clinic
  • Sterilized 544 dogs
  • Rescued 611 animals at clinic
  • Found homes for 20 dogs

One of the achievements we are particularly proud of is the number of dogs we vaccinated this year. This month, we hosted a rabies vaccination camp and vaccinated 347 dogs in 4 days, increasing our vaccinations for the year by 30%!

In addition to vaccinating dogs, we were able to conduct a population study in order to better understand how well we are managing our dog population in order to create a rabies free environment.

Learn more by watching our video: 

We were lucky enough to partner with Hunter Dowds, a pre-med student at the Lawrence University, who is studying rabies in India and volunteering at DAR. He helped us design and execute the study.

Read more about the study –

This study in addition to the one we did last year shows there are approximately 4,200 homeless dogs in the lower Dharamsala area. The World Health Organization states that 70% of homeless dogs need to be vaccinated to control rabies and create a rabies free environment. This means in order for this portion of Dharamsala to be rabies free, we would need to vaccinate 2,940 dogs as well as sterilize them to stop the dogs from continuing to give birth—the humane way to control population.

Currently, DAR is performing 60 sterilizations and vaccinations per month. With our current funding, it will take four years to create a rabies free environment. By expanding our budget, we can increase our monthly numbers by hiring more staff. 

With your support, we can truly become a rabies-free zone achieving our goal to end human death from rabies. 

$25 donation covers the neutering and vaccinating of a male dog          

$35 covers spaying and vaccinating a female dog

Help us start off strong in 2019, prepared for increased capacity. If we can raise $6,000 by the end of the year, we’ll be able to sterilize and vaccinate 40 additional dogs.

Deb, Founder

Pups are most vulnerable to rabies.
Pups are most vulnerable to rabies.
Street dogs are friendly if healthy and cared for.
Street dogs are friendly if healthy and cared for.
Dogs are vaccinated and counted for study.
Dogs are vaccinated and counted for study.


Oct 2, 2018

Learn how you can save a life

Hello [donor first name],

On September 28th Dharamsala Animal Rescue celebrated World Rabies Day, a global health awareness day raising awareness about rabies.

More than 20,000 Indians die each year from rabies, usually from a dog bite. 40% of the time that death is an impoverished child.

DAR is committed to doing our part to end human death by rabies in Dharamsala and its surrounding villages. This year alone we have vaccinated over 600 dogs reducing the risk of rabies in our community.

Every day at DAR, we are spreading the word about the importance of animal birth control and vaccination to manage the stray dog population. By educating villagers about the benefits of becoming a rabies-free zone, we empower them to be part of the solution.

Today, we ask you to do your part to prevent more deaths from rabies.

What you can do. Alert others about how rabies kills poor, uneducated Indians, usually children, every 30 minutes. Let them know about the valuable work we do to promote public health and animal welfare to keep the community safe from this deadly disease. 

  • Share. Spread the word by encouraging others to get involved. 
  • Fundraise. Create a GlobalGiving fundraiser to raise money for vaccinations.
  • Donate. Every $10 covers a complete series of vaccinations for a stray dog. 

Thank you. Your continued effort to make our community safe is appreciated. 

Deb, Founder


Aug 28, 2018

DAR rescued 65 dogs this month

At Dharamsala Animal Rescue, we receive calls everyday alerting us that an animal is seriously injured and requires emergency care.

In the past month, since your generous donation to Treat 100 injured Indian street dogs, we have been able to rescue 65 animals this month including Oreo and Bruce.

Oreo, life of the party

Lucky for Oreo, someone scooped him off of the road and brought him to DAR. We do not know how he was injured, but he couldn't walk though nothing was broken. We decided to try a holistic approach of daily massage and exercise and after just a few weeks he started to walk! Now that Oreo is up, there is no stopping him.

Check out Oreo's rescue video.

Bruce, our newest tripod

Bruce is only about 3 months old and his back leg was crushed under a vehicle. The damage was too severe so his leg had to be amputated. These poor pups born on the street live a precarious life of dodging cars and avoiding mishap. Like his other three-legged mates: Coconut, Cookie and Dorjee, we cannot put these dogs back on the street so he’ll stay with us at DAR until he is adopted. Thankfully, Bruce was fostered by one of our volunteers which helped get him from rescue to recovery!

Our Street Animal Rescue program provides 24/7 emergency care for animals suffering from severe injuries, illnesses, or other life-threatening conditions. We rescue dozens of animals each month including not just dogs but cows, monkeys and birds.

We couldn't do this without the dedication of volunteers and donors like you.

With gratitude,

Deb Jarrett, Founder

P.S. Learn more about how you can sponsor Oreo or Bruce and further support DAR’s rescue program. Sponsorships make great gifts!


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