Project #10336

Help Street Dogs in Dharamsala and Save Lives!

by Dharamsala Animal Rescue

Hello DAR Friends, 

You just never know where life is going to take you, who you will meet, or what will have significant and lasting impact.

I certainly never would have predicted that a trip to Dharamsala in 2008 would turn my entire world upside down. Turning a life that was somewhat predictable into a life where I never know what is coming next. This can be a difficult career choice for me and my staff. There are language barriers, cultural differences, the sadness of losing animals to car accidents, disease, and regular maltreatment by humans. We get questioned about the importance of our work, "Why not humans? Why not children?"

Then comes a day, November 19, 2014, when you are randomly on the same plane as His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama. On this day, you are thanked for your work profusely. No questions asked! It gives you the much needed energy to keep doing what you are doing.

I am not a Buddhist. I am barely spiritual these days, but I do believe that DAR is on the right path.

Today, marks the day of our final fundraising push for 2014! It has been a great year thanks to all of you. We are trying to reach $10,000 by the end of the year. For everyone who donates $25 and above, DAR will send you a 2015 Calendar until supplies run out. (USA ONLY.) We are working on getting these shipped to other countries as well and we will notify you if this option becomes available. To donate, please go to our GlobalGiving Page:


Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your ongoing support.


Deb Jarrett, Kamlesh Singhbora, Dr. Yog Raj, Parveen Kumar, Munna Thakur, Sanjay Singh, SamSher Singh, Pavna Devi, Richard Scrambler, Monja Mckay, Balochi Sondhi


PS: please check out the article about us published in The Prodigal Chair. 


Our Team at the DAV School in Yol
Our Team at the DAV School in Yol

Dharamsala Animal Rescue works to end Rabies with the Global Alliance for Rabies Control

Why World Rabies Day Matters? 

  • Rabies is a neglected disease with devastating consequences.
  • At least one person dies every ten minutes from a disease that leaves him or her begging for the end.
  • Up to 60% of estimated 70,000 people are children under 15 years old. 95% of victims are from Africa or Asia, few have access to palliative care that would alleviate the suffering of their final hours.
  • It's estimated that 20,000,000 dogs are indiscriminately culled every year, in misguided attempts to control the disease (tragically, culls cause disruptions in the population can actually accelerate outbreaks). 
  • 84% of the people who die of rabies are from impoverished communities in rural areas of Africa and Asia
  • India, has the highest rate of death by rabies in the world. 95% of the time, the disease is due to a dog bite.
Educating the Community and Vaccinating the Dogs
This year, DAR teamed up with the DAV School in Dharamsala. 850 children between the ages of 3 and 18 attend the school and DAR, along with the Department of Animal Husbandry of Dharamsala, educated the children on rabies, what to do if they were bit, how to avoid dogs they do not know, and to make sure that their pets and the strays in their communities get vaccinated! AND, we even had some fun. We brought some cute healthy puppies for the children to play with, held a drawing contest, and handed out prizes for correct answers on what they learned that day. 

The children also invited their parents and families to bring their pets for free rabies vaccinations by our staff. 

It was an important team effort in the community to help us on our way to rabies eradication, part of DAR's mission. 
To help us continue to do important work like this, PLEASE consider donation to us on October 15, 2014.  Gloal Giving is offering a 30% match on all donations up to $1,000 per donor per project, while funds remain. There is $75,000 available in matching and matching begins at 9:00 a.m. EDT and lasts until funds run out or 11:59 p.m. EDT.  There is also $2,000 in bonus prizes available! Here is the link:

Thank you so much for your continued support so we can make an impact on the animals and the people of Dharamsala. 

With Gratitude, 


An puppy loving student
An puppy loving student
The children were excited to answer the questions!
The children were excited to answer the questions!
Some great coloring!
Some great coloring!
The 3 girls
The 3 girls

Hi DAR friends!

Today we are going to address a huge problem in our community that really upsets us here at DAR: Puppy
For some mislead reason here in India only male dogs are coveted as pets. These 5 little girls were abandoned a couple of days ago. Despite the popular belief that males don't need to get fixed as they can't get pregnant, we suggest ALL dogs get desexed here in India (even the males as it makes them less territorial and aggressive).
Many studies have shown that while there is no difference in the inherent intelligence between the sexes, female dogs achieve maturity faster so they are much easier to train. We have vaccinated and dewormed the five gorgeous, healthy,playful pups. We will work to find them homes, but we know it will be difficult. 
Luckily though, they are quite photogenic and one of the photos taken by a volunteer was accepted into the Global Giving Photo contest! We now have the opportunity to win $1000 and also receive some publicity on the Global Giving Home page if we land in the 1 or 2 spots. Currently, we are 7th, so we are hoping that each of you could vote and share with your friends. No ICE WATER necessary : ) 
Here is the link:
Just click on the same photo you see in this email. 
As always, thanks for your support! 


Park City
Park City

Hey all!

If you do the following two things:

VOTE for DAR's photo in the Global Giving Photo Contest here where we can win $1000 and gain exposure to more supporters

AND donate 20$ on Global Giving to DAR here

YOU will be a potential winner for a FREE luxurious weekend trip in Park City, Utah in your own private two bedroom condo for two nights compliments of SKI Magazine and Resorts West ( This is perfect for a romantic getaway OR can comfortably sleep up to six if you prefer to have a fun reunion with a bunch of friends!


The winner has one year to use the trip (before September 15, out dates apply: Presidents week, MLK, and Christmas through New Year's).

The contest ends on August 29th!

Thanks for your support and good luck!!!

PS.. attached are some photos of where you could be vacationing this year.

Park City Mountain
Park City Mountain
Meet the Methas
Meet the Methas

Dear supporters of Dharamsala Animal Rescue, 

We cannot thank you enough for making our Donor Matching Day such a sucess! We were hoping to raise $10,000 and we hit our mark!! This will now get us through 2 more months of our work. I know we ask a lot of you, time and time again, but if it were not for all of you, we could not continue this work that is so important to all of us, and especially to Dharamsala's animals and the Dharamsala community. 

Today, I would like to talk about a few other folks that live locally in Dharamsala and spend their time helping the animals on the ground. These folks cannot donate a lot of money, but their time and efforts help make our work and the lives of animals a thousand times better!! 

First, meet the  Mehta family who are considered the "dog guardian angels" to the dogs in Civil Lines area of Dharamsala. Everyday Mr and Mrs Mehta, along with their daughter, feed around 16 stray dogs using 70kg of flour each month. They told us that they don't even like to go away on vacations as there will be no one to feed the dogs, and they would worry a pup might get sick. Our staff was so impressed with the selfless generosity and love this family pours out for these creatures day after day. If you ever see them in the Dharamsala Civil Lines area,let them know that their contribution to our community is appreciated. No one has asked them to do this; they do it out of the kindness of their own hearts... 

Next, meet Marie. She lives besides the Dalai Lama's temple and has personally taken in 5 stray dogs. The dark brown dog in the bottom right hand corner of this photo has only one front leg and would never have survived on the street. It really does take the efforts of all of us working together to make a difference. We don't want these dogs to just survive... we want them to thrive!!! And people like Marie are actively working to make that a reality!

Lastly, Meet Christa. Long before DAR even existed this incredible woman has been protecting the animals of Dharamsala! She is originally from Germany, and has lived in Mcleod Ganj for many years. Christa never leaves her house without dog food and feeds all the hungry strays she sees around town (and the many surrounding towns as well!!) When dogs are sick she personally treats them, and if they need surgery or specialized treatment beyond what she can provide she gets them to a vet immediately. She has rescued at least 8 dogs and built a monsoon shelter for them at her home so they can stay dry and healthy even during the heaviest of mountain rains. One of her adopted dogs is paralysed so Christa has constructed a wheel chair enabling the dog to get exercise and fresh air. This is a photo of her with her newest adoptee... a little pup from Bodgaya that she rescued after it's leg was amputated. Christa is not only a dear friend of DAR, but also a great inspiration. She is truly an example of compassion in action!!!

As you can see, the community of Dharamsala appreciates your donations and kindess at the utmost level. 

To see more of what is happening on the ground, please join our Facebook Page here: 

If you would like to contribute to our cause, please go to this link here. If you can consider becoming a monthly donor, even for just $10 per month, this will help give us at DAR a huge sigh of relief to know we have montly money coming in to pay for our montly costs of about $5000 per month.


As always, thank you for your ongoing support. With SO MUCH Gratitude. 

Meet Marie
Meet Marie
Meet Christa
Meet Christa


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Dharamsala Animal Rescue

Location: san francisco, CA - USA
Project Leader:
Deb Jarrett
san francisco, California United States
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