Bindiya is healed from her maggot wound. Petrol has healed from being hit by a car.
We cannot than you for your support through the first 6 months of 2021!
And what a 6 months it has been. We finally were able to hire 2 vets that are dedicated to the cause. We needed to hire new vets because our old vets were caught out of the country/state during the initial lockdown and ongoing travel bans and visa suspensions due to the Covid19 pandemic.
Thanks to our old vets staying on as consultants, they were able to train and get our new vets up to speed on our protocols. They are now efficient in spay/neuter surgeries. By April, out team was back to 72 sterilizations.
But then, the second surge hit. 5 of our staff were sick. 2 severely, and others not able to get to work due to transportation bans. 6 members of the team continued to treat our existing patients, rescue new ones, and feed street animals that had lost their food source with the second lockdown.
Fingers crossed, we are now back up and running and praying for a quicker vaccination roll out to prevent another surge.
Here is what you helped us accomplish from January 1 - June 20th.
Sterilized 191 dogs
Vaccinated 313 dogs for rabies
Rescued 235 animals
Provided 3978 treatments
Found homes for 9 dogs
Provided 29,650 meals for animals living on the street
With our shelter already over crowded due to travels bans in 2020, we will be ramping up our local adoption push. It is extremely difficult to find good homes for dogs in Dharamsala, and most of India. Most Indians still find street dogs not to be worthy of a home, even if they feed them.
We were lucky enough to get one dog out, Ginni (formerly Jhumki) to the USA right before the ban. She is now living the life in New Jersey! We were also extremely lucky to find a couple who run a gorgeous tea estate and lodge just outside of Dharamsala to adopt Lily. Lily, (formerly Albeli) our cutie tripod is enjoying the safety and love she feels in her new home.
We are truly hoping that Lily's adoption is a good sign for the future of our street dogs.
Finally, I just want to thank everyone who donated during the July Bonus day where we raised over $3000 to treat 30 maggot wound patients during monsoon. It is only July 26th and we have already had 26 patients. Our estimation was too low and we need more funds to get through August.
It costs approximately $100 to get a maggot wound victim from hurt to healed and it looks like we will need to raise funds for at least 10 more patients at $1000.
Welcome to 2021. So far, it has not looked that much different than 2020, but we do have some good news!
After a year of not being able to run our sterilization program due covid restrictions as well as the following ongoing issues:
The turnover of vets is horrendous in India. Vets only stay until they get government jobs (1-year max) or their family needs them home which is common in the culture.
The local government refuses to help even though we have given them proposals for the past 7 years to provide us space for sterilization camps, and/or for funding and we are always denied.
Due to Covid, we cannot get foreign vets to come help.
We are finally in a position to ramp our program back up. By April, we should be sterilizing approximately 60 dogs per month and, if all goes well with visas to India, a camp for October/November this year. FINGERS CROSSED - because the only true way to stop the human/dog conflict and the continuous suffering of the dogs in Dharamsala is through spay/neuter programs.
LOCAL ADOPTIONS AND FEEDING ON THE RISE
We are pretty excited to let you know that we are seeing more people adopt local street dogs to be their pets. Above, are Apple and Arib, both adopted this year to loving local homes.
We are also partnering with a local family who feeds 250 street dogs (and some cows, mules, etc) each day. We provide one weeks worth of food and coordinate rescues, and treatments. The amount of feeders has grown in Dharamsala exponentially, improving the human/street dog conflict.
We are hoping to expand this program by working more closely with more people who feed and care for street dogs in their villages. Stay tuned.
MEET RYLIE - A 4 Month Old Pup Stuck in Tar
When we rescued Rylie she was traumatized.
We found her stuck in a puddle of hardened tar. We had no idea how long she had been there, nor did we know how many people passed her by before calling us.
We had no idea how many days it had been since she had food or water - she was weak and scared. Our staff members, Shivu and Tamanna, spent hours removing the tar- softening it with vegetable oil and carefully working it out of her fur.
It is cases like these that truly break us. But because of your support, we can continue to rescue to help save lives.
We cannot thank you enough for all of you support. As you know, we are always needing to raise funds. We did not reach our goal last week during the Little by Little Matching Week of $6500, yet we came close!
If you can help us reach our goal, please consider donatingHERE.
Deb Jarrett, Founder & Executive Director
PS:Did you know the best way to support DAR is to become a monthly donor? Sustaining donors help us never have to say "no" to a rescue.
Happy Diwali! I cannot believe we are in the the last couple of months of 2020.
It's been craziest year on record for most of us, and our team in India has not slowed down for a second.
September 28th we launched our 10-day mass rabies vaccination camp. We partnered with another NGO, local feeders and caretakers, and had amazing volunteers to help us vaccinate 2376 street dogs and pets combined,
In this video, you will notice that many of the dogs were wagging their tails to see us and get vaccinated. This is the result of over a decade of work in the community, running our programs, and educating people to learn that street dogs show love if you give love.
We are also happy to announce that our new vet, Dr Prince, is now ready and trained to get our catch and release spay/neuter program up and running again! We are aiming for 40 per month.
Covid 19 really affected our ability to run this program with our vets both stuck outside of Dharamsala indefinitely. The only true way to prevent more rescues is through sterilization and education.
Even without having an onsite vet from March through July, we were able to accomplish the following thanks to your donations.
Rescued: 397 animals
Administered 6007 treatments
Vaccinated 1665dogs for rabies
Found Homes for 16 dogs
Meals Fed: 2000 (approximately) to street dogs during lockdown
Our Needs for 2021
Our appeal to you for 2021 is to consider becoming a monthly donor (if you are not already). Unfortunately, our major donor had to cut back their monthly giving by $1700. We now need to build this back up in order to continue our work.
We have created a Micro project where you can read more. Just click HERE.
We know this year has caused economic hardships for many people. We really truly are grateful for all of you.
As alwasy, feel free to email me with any questions, concerns, or thoughts.
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