Project #10336

Help Street Dogs in Dharamsala and Save Lives!

by Dharamsala Animal Rescue

 Dear friends of DAR, 

Ruby, is the DAR CEO and is a distemper survivor.. A deadly disease for unvaccinated puppies. She has a story to tell: 

'There is a t-shirt out there that says, "All I want to do is rescue dogs and drink wine."

Sounds too good to be true.. and it is. There are many times you may be drinking wine because of animals you cannot save or mistakes you made and lives were lost. 

Luckily, lessons learned make our protocols and procedures better in India, a country that more stray dogs than anywhere else in the world. A place where veterinarians only go to vet school if they cannot get into human medical school.. not because they love animals. 

There are no Government run mass vaccination programs for rabies which kills more humans in India than anywhere else in the world... nor are their mass vaccination prorgrams for highly contagious diseases like Parvo and Distemper... two deadly diseases for puppies and dogs with low immunity. Luckily because of DAR, I was saved. 

Every year, twice a year, it is puppy season. We do our best to spay and neuter the streets dogs, but as there are thousands of them, it will take a life time to sterilize them all unless one day we get a HUGE influx of money, to have more space, find many more animal loving Indians and are able to hire more vets. 

Since that is not the current case, what does this mean?  Two times a year pups are born on the street. None are vaccinated against diseases, like parvo and distemper. Many of these pups are hit by cars, or dumped at our clinic by locals that do not want more dogs in their villages. Our clinic becomes overrun with puppies that have been taken away from the moms too soon and therefore have weak immune systems. Basically, prime candidates for these two diseases. 

Two years ago, we had a disease protocol in place. We vaccinated every puppy against parvo and distemper upon entering our clinic. Some were too young for the vaccination but vet studies have shown that early vaccinations then boosters are beneficial in preventing the disease.

Unfortunately, one puppy started showing signs of parvo but we had no way of knowing for sure. The puppy was lethargic and had lost its appetite. We were not positive that is was parvo so we waited a few days to just monitor the pups behavior.

This was a huge mistake. Instead of assuming the worst and isolating this puppy he remained near the rest of the pups while we were monitoring his health. By day three 6 other puppies were showing early signs of parvo.

Now we were in a state of emergency. We needed to get any puppy not showing signs of parvo out of our clinic! Problem, in Dharamsala, not many people like street dogs, so we had to bring most of them to our own homes!!

Next, we needed to get every puppy still with us on treatment for parvo. As there is no cure for parvo, all we could do to treat the puppies is to do whatever we could to boost their immune systems to be able to fight it off.

Every single puppy died. It was awful. 

Some puppies died right away and some after 10 days. We were all heartbroken and beating ourselves up for our failure.

To pick ourselves back up again, we closed the clinic for two weeks, the minimum amount of time needed to kill off the parvo disease.

We instituted new cleaning protocols to prevent disease from spreading.

We discovered that we could order snap tests kits for both parvo and distemper. This way, if any symptoms arose, we could immediately test the puppies to see if they had the disease, and if so, handle everything with a sense of urgency. Our new motto was “assume the worst,” and do the test, as opposed to wait a few days and see.

This is unfortunately commom place in many shelters in India. With limited funds, space, and people who care, and a diseases uncontrollable with the amount of pups born on the street. 

When we reopened the clinic, everyone was so fearful that a similar thing would happen and changing habits can be hard. Our management staff kept at the team until the new processes became second nature.

I am happy to report that in the past two years, since this incident and we have not had this situation again.. Not to say that there has been no disease, but with our new sense of urgency and protocol, we can save healthy puppies from contracting and dying of awful diseases.... just like me. 

Our new systems do cost money! Each kit costs $3.50. During the two puppys seasons or 4 months per year, we will use on average 60 kits per month costing DAR $840.

We also provide 50 vaccinations per month for parvo and distemper prevention. Each vaccination costs $2.70 or $1620 per year. 

It is a lot of money, but we think it is worth it to keep dogs safe and healthy from disease. If you can contribute to help cover these costs we would be so thankful. 

Luckily Giving Tuesday is approaching and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be matching eac donation by 50%. 

Yes, you heard that right, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be matching all donations to Dharamsala Animal Rescue on Giving Tuesday:

  • The 2016 #GivingTuesday campaign will begin November 29th, 2016, at 00:00:01 EST and end at 23:59:59 EST on November 29th, 2016.

Thank you so much as always for supporting our work.. to End Suffering and Increase Compassion for the stray animals of Dharamsala. 

 Thanks, Ruby


Will you give us a home?
Will you give us a home?

Dear DAR Friends, 


This is a story of Honor and Peace, two small pups that were born on the street, literally, on a main road of Dharamsala. Their mom contracted distemper and died...then both Honor and Peace were hit by cars. They were maybe 5 weeks old. 

Honor was the luckier of the two. She just had a wound on her little paw and leg and she healed quickly. Peace, was not so lucky. Her hind leg was broken in two places. We gave it some time to see if it would heal, but eventually we had to amputate her leg. 

Today, they are both healthy pups and in need of good homes. They are approximately 13 - 14 weeks old.

It is very difficult to find homes for girl dogs in India. The "girl" is looked at as not as good. Beyond that, it is nearly impossible to find a home in India for a disabled dog. 

This year alone, we have sent 13 dogs to other countries, the majority of them being three legged girls. We are hoping to find a home for both Honor and Peace, so they can stay together. As you can see in the photos they just love each. I am sure their bond is a special one because they pulled through disaster together.

It is not cheap to send them to USA and Canada. It is approximately $1500 each. We usually ask for half of the money to come from the adopter and the rest will we try to fundraise for. If any of you are interested in adopting Peace and Honor together (or separately) please reply to this email. If you can afford the entire amount, that is amazing!

As the final BONUS DAY is upon us, September 21, we are hoping to raise funds to help get these two forever homes. 

The details of the Bonus Day are as follows:

GlobalGiving is providing $60,000 in matching funds that will be released in two $30,000 pots as well as awarding $2,000 in bonus prizes! The Time-Release Bonus Day will start at 06:00 am EDT on September 21st and end at 23:59:59 pm EDT on September 21st. 

Please mark your calendars and let's find these two cuties a home! Any additional funds will go to help our ongoing work.

Thank you for your ongoing support. 



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


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!



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

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Dharamsala Animal Rescue

Location: san francisco, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Deb Jarrett
North Kingstown, Rhode Island United States
2016 Year End Campaign
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