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.
The DAR STAFF:
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.
Dharamsala Animal Rescue works to end Rabies with the Global Alliance for Rabies Control
Why World Rabies Day Matters?
Hi DAR friends!
If you do the following two things:
VOTE for DAR's photo in the Global Giving Photo Contest here http://www.globalgiving.org/poll/vote/?pollOptionId=767 where we can win $1000 and gain exposure to more supporters
AND donate 20$ on Global Giving to DAR here https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/dharamsala-animal-rescue/
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 (www.resortswest.com). 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, 2015...black 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.
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.
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