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.
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