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Jul 19, 2016

I am a street dog. So what? - Please VOTE

Photo Contest Entry
Photo Contest Entry

Hi DAR friends, 

A month ago, a lovely girl, Saira Mangat, who is applying to be a theater major in college, came to volunteer at Dharamsala Animal Rescue. 

She wrote a play for kids called, "I am a Street Dog, So What?" to encourage them to be kind to street dogs. We gathered volunteers from the community and the play was performed for the two schools in Rakkar Village where DAR is located. 

The play showed a dog's life from the perspective of the dog. It also showed how it would be if humans were treated poorly by the dogs; if they were being kicked, ignored, or had stones regularly thrown at them. The play incorporated some humor into the serious subject and kids all laughed at the appropriate moments. 

At the end of the play, a member of DAR spoke about our work. We also brought three adorable puppies that had been dumped at our doorstep for the children to play with, if they wanted. We were all so happily surprised that the kids many jumped at the change to hug and pet the pups. 

This  little girl pictured, told us the story of her family dog: 

"My family used to have a dog, but it got rabies.  The villagers stoned him to death. I love dogs."

This photo I took of her while she was telling this story was selected as a finalist in the GlobalGiving's 2016 Photo Contest Green category! DAR is competing for a $1,000 prize and the opportunity to be featured on Global Giving's homepage and in social media promotions. This will help us raise more funds and continue our mission. 

Please VOTE HERE beginning at 12pm EDT on July 18th and ending at 12pm EDT on July 22nd. You can only vote one so please share this with your friends!

Thank you for your continued support. Please find photos of the event attached to this email. 

Fingers crossed for DAR!

 

 

 

Saira the Playwright
Saira the Playwright
School Boys with Birdy and Casey
School Boys with Birdy and Casey
The Players
The Players

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Jun 2, 2016

Sunnier Days for Sunny

Sunny's Journey
Sunny's Journey

Hello DAR friends, 

We love it when we tragedy turns in a miracle. That is the story I want to share with you today. 

On March 10, we received a call about a puppy being hit by a car. Now, unfortunately for us, we get calls like this daily. What was unusual is that this was one of the bloodiest messes we have seen in years. Even in all of the pain he was in, he was calm and quiet. 

After and x-ray and other tests, it was determined that the only way he could survive, was if we amputated his front leg. Now, this was great news, however, since in India, hardly anyone adopts stray dogs from the street, let alone a dog with three legs, that this would cause issues with our already maxed out facility. However, of course we did the amputation and off he went.. Literally! Even though he was shy and kept to himself a lot, love from humans and some other dogs helped to bring him out of his shell. Take a look at Sunny on his first hike below:

Sunny's First Hike

Then, miraculously, after a few Facebook posts and email communication about our dear Sunny, a family from the United States decided he was a perfect for their family. WE WERE OVER THE MOON! 

It is not cheap to get a dog out of Dharamsala to Pennsylvania, so with the efforts of many people (mostly the adoptive family) to find donors, we can now happily report he is now sleeping on couches, and getting taking on walks to creeks. 

We all miss him terribly but could not be happier to know that he will have an incredible life full of love and fun. His new life is about as far away from the life of street dog of India that one could be. 

If you can, please mark down the date and time for the next Global Giving Matching Day where Dharamsala Animal Rescue will receive a 50% Matching for each donation you make until funds run out. On June 15 from 9AM EDT to 11:59PM EDT $110,000 are availble for matching.

In addition for the UK folks, Global Giving UK has 10,000 pounds worth of matching funds. DAR will receive 50% matching if you donate betweek on June 16th from 14:00 BST to 4:59:59 BST. 

So, please, mark your calendars, share with your friends, and help us help more Sunny's ! 

Thank you!

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Mar 14, 2016

Kuro and Nikki's second chance at life

Nikki
Nikki

Dear DAR supporters, 

Meet Nikki. Nikki was found in a ditch. Starving.  Dehydrated. She was so weak and terrified she could not stand properly. Blood tests showed she was severly anemic. 

Luckily, a local DAR supporter named Vidushi, to alert us about Nikki is slowly recovering. 

Meet Kuro. Kuro is also severely anemic. She has lost half of her fur because of low immunity. No pup this young should have such sad eyes. 

Puppies born on the streets of Dharamsala suffer greatly. Now both Nikki and Kuro have second chances. 

The veterinary care, the food, the shelter - it is an expensive undertaking to save Nikki and Kuro and many others just like them. The situation of the animals in India can be overwhelming and we know we cannot save them all. But, what we do know, is that we can save Nikki and Kuro with your help. 

On March 16th, from 9AM - 11:59PM EST, every donation you give to help Nikki and Kuro will be matched by GlobalGiving. We know everyone on this list are animal lovers like us and we thank you for your generosity and kindness. 

We hope that with your help, we can make this Matching Day successful, so that we can continue to help our community. DAR was named a Top Partner for GlobalGiving in 2015. Thanks for helping us with this honor! 

Thank you from the DAR TEAM. 

Kamlesh, Parveen, Sanjay, Dr. Hari, Dr. Gaurav, Shamsher, Veena, Vijay, Pavna, Richard, Becky, Deb and Balochi

Kuro
Kuro
Top Ranked Partner
Top Ranked Partner

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