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Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India

by Arunachala Animal Sanctuary & Rescue Shelter
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
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Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
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Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
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Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
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Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
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Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
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Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
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Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
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Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
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Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
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Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
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Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
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Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
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Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
Rescue,Love,Save-1000's of Suffering Animals.India
"Number 49" welcomes you to our beloved Shelter.
"Number 49" welcomes you to our beloved Shelter.

Dear People. Dear Animal Lovers. Dear Supporters...Namaste'.

I've always loved that greeting. Classically, it's said with the hands clasped in front of the chest. Esoterically, it means, "I bow to your Innermost Self".

And now Dear Ones...Announcing a "biggie", and I do mean biggie. It just happened. (Many of you are very familiar with the intense saga that has unfolded over the last six months involving 37 Rescued Cattle that we were caring for and protecting while a criminal case to save them was litigated---Mafia connected lawyers...police...courts...corruption...threats of kidnapping the cattle...danger. For the many who are not familiar with this, I'll explain after I've made this wonderful, wonderful announcement.)

THE CASE CAME TO TRIAL, FINALLY, ON JULY 8TH. I'm not going to go into the incredible complexities leading to this simple, wonderful ending. But it was a clffhanger fraught with uncertainty and danger until the very, very end.

WE JUST RECEIVED THE OFFICIAL COURT ORDER. The lawyer for the "cattle traffickers" accepted their guilt. A modest fine was imposed (the maximum permitted by law)...BUT THE CATTLE WERE IMPOUNDED AND PERMANENTLY GIVEN TO US...AND FURTHER, WE WERE GIVEN THE AUTHORITY TO PLACE THEM IN ANOTHER RECOGNIZED GOSHALA THAT WOULD GIVE THEM LIFETIME SANCTUARY.

The danger of the cattle being kidnapped by the "mafia" is over...The danger of them being impounded by the Court and given to the Government, who might have given them to someone who wouldn't thoroughly protect them and give them a good life, is over...THEY ARE IN  OUR HANDS, SAFE, AND WILL HAVE GOOD LIVES.

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THIS IS A SUMMARY FOR THE MANY UNFAMILIAR WITH THE RESCUE...AND THE BATTLE:

  • Saturday night, January 12th, a lorry illegally carrying 37 cattle (the legal maximum in one lorry is six) being taken to slaughter in Kerala was intercepted on the road.
  • The conditions inside that vehicle bordered on atrocity.
  • Jammed into two layers, one can only imagine what was done to those poor animals to load them like that. Prodding. Beating. Kicking. Pulling by the nose. Jabbing. And it's difficult to imagine the suffering that would have occurred on the long 20-hour journey to the slaughterhouse had they not been intercepted...Little air (the lorry was fully covered to conceal what they were carrying). No water. No food. Bumpy roads. The moaning. The crushing. The dying. Youngsters separated from their mothers. Awful. Awful. Awful.
  • The police impounded the lorry and the cattle, and criminal charges were filed.
  • The cattle were turned over to us (14 water buffalo, 11 bulls, 10 bullocks, 2 cows) on January 13th to care for them while the case was being litigated.
  • They were traumatized, dehydrated, and depleted.
  • To really care for them, one had to be aware of the total nightmare they'd gone thru. They were suffering and deeply frightened, with no understanding of what was happening. Everything that was dear to them had been ripped away, and they were thrown into this "horror" at the hands of humans who didn't care what they did to them, how much that hurt them, how much they terrorized them, or how much they might suffer...Some of the Precious Ones were only babes that had been taken away from their mothers.
  • Our beloved Vishwa handled the whole thing...Thank God for Vishwa!

When we first got the cattle, we thought we would just care for them while everything unfolded. But there was no one else to do anything, so we carried the full load. Everything: the caring...the strategy...the litigation...dealing wih the unbelievable corruption and indifference involving the mafia. The lawyers...the Courts...the police...and the danger that was always in the background...(We don't have this kind of flagrant, powerful corruption and indifference in the West.)

Here is a link to photos of the cattle after 4 1/2 months of love, caressing, caring, stroking...  Photo presentation of 37 cattle...-converted.pdf  . They are so, so beautiful. (Skip the beginning page of text and go right to the photos.)

The cattle traffickers were just low lifes, represented by mafia-connected lawyers who did everything (legal or illegal) they could to get the cattle back. And they were amazingly corrupt, willing to use violence,  and well-connected at high levels. We did everything possible to bring the traffickers to trial, have them found guilty, and maximize the possibility of the cattle being impounded so we could get them a full, good life. It ended up being one of those fairytale stories where the Forces of Light won out over the Forces of Darkness.

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The Shelter has been going beautifully...Thank you Dr. Raja, Vishwa, the other Doctors. And our devoted, wonderful Staff.

We've been busy since I've last written.  Our stats for April, May, and June are:

  • Clinic Visits..............................................1,645
  • In-patient Treatments.............................3,633
  • Emergency Rescues..................................131
  • Dogs Sterilized...........................................200
  • Anti-rabies injections................................352
  • Animal Adoptions.........................................14
  • Non-dogs treated.......................................243 
  • (73 cows & calves, 65 goats & sheep, 50 cats, 45 birds, 7 rabbits, 1 squirrel, 2 horses)***Note: During this period, additionally, we were completely caring for the impounded 14 buffalo, 11 bulls, 10 bullocks, 2 cows).                                                                              

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And here are some recent Shelter happenings that many of you tell us you really like.

A recent well rescue.

  • Got a call at 8:30pm. A dog had earlier fallen into a well outside a village about 50 kms away.
  • Pondi and Vishwa got there about 10pm. The well was 50 feet deep. It wasn't  near any houses. The landowner became aware of the dog in distress when he was checking his land late in the day.
  • Vishwa went down on a rope. The poor babe was a two year old girl. There were several feet of water and she was hanging on a ledge, partially submerged, cold, frightened, and hungry...She had probably fallen much earlier because she'd by now given up and was no longer crying for help.
  • Tho' she was frightened and a little afraid of Vishwa, she knew she was being rescued and was happy. Vishwa talked to her for several minutes, and gently approached. He stroked her and put her in a bag, and Pondi slowly lifted her topside.
  • She was a homeless dog, and was in good health...so she had villagers around who fed and cared for her. She stayed with Pondi and Vishwa for perhaps ten minutes. They dried her off, gave her some food, stroked her...and then released her.
  • The sweetie was very, very happy to be free. In the morning she would wander into her territory and visit those who cared for her.

A lost pup.

  • We got a call around noon from a shop owner near the main bus station. It's a very, very busy place. Big. Scary. Shops and stands crowded together. Intense traffic-many buses, cars, auto rickshaws, two wheelers. A dangerous place for an inexperienced dog.
  • There was a little puppy with no mother and a bad skin condition...frightened and weak.
  • She was afraid of Pondi when he got there. But he gave her some snacks, gently spoke to her, and she let him pick her up. She was a baby. The poor, frightened, lost sweetiepie, separated from her mother, not really understanding what was happening, was so relieved when she felt the "safety" of Pondi's embrace...and his gentle, loving reassurance.
  • Dr.Raja gave her a vaccination, and she got her first bath.
  • We kept her for a month while treating her mange. She quickly settled into the Shelter and was happy. Vishwa found a really nice home for her in a nearby village. They had a six year old boy who adored her. Om Namah Shivaya.

We got an email from a lady thru our website.

  • The email read, "It's nice to hear that there is an animal centre near Tiruvannamalai. Our dog has some severe injuries inside. We don't even have an idea how it happened to him. He started losing his hair and he was not able to walk. We tried our best by contacting doctors and getting medicines. But there has been no improvement. He is going thru a very bad phase of life. He is not allowing us to touch. We don't know how to take him to your hospital. Now, I found some lumps in his feet. Please do the needful. We believe you are the final option given us by God to save him. We want him back. Thank you. Please reply back to get more details and we need help to save him. Thanks a lot."
  • I asked her to send her phone number. Vishwa called. She sent some photos. Dr.Raja looked at them, and told them to bring the dog in.
  • They weren't able to get him into their car. Vishwa sent Pondi (they were 50 kms away) to help them.
  • Their dog was four years old and a sweetie. He wasn't really biting, just snapping, probably because it was painful for him to be touched. Clearly tho', they loved him, and he, them.
  • It turned out to be a hypo-active thyroid condition, and a pretty advanced case of arthritis. The loss of the hair, and the lumps on his feet were from a thyroid-connected fungal skin condition.
  • He hadn't been treated at all over the last year. The doctors (they probably weren't small animal vets) were just giving painkillers.
  • The owners were deeply, deeply relieved and almost joyful. Dr. Raja gave their dog several injections, and sent them home with medication for both the thyroid and arthritis, along with painkillers, and an ayurvedic oil for the fungal skin condition.
  • Dr.Raja told them to return in one month. (He is expecting a vast improvement.)
  • We received this nice note the next day from the owner..."Belore visiting your shelter, we didn't have any idea of what he was going through. When Dr. Raja checked and explained his condition, we got hope that he will get better soon...The world needs more people like you, inspiring. Thank you so much for the immediate action and help. We'll never forget the help you people have done to us. After visiting your shelter, I believed that humanity still exists in this World.

A baby horse.

  • Several months ago a young female colt was brought to the Shelter by people from a temple  50 kms away. The poor babe was only two months old. She had been hit by a two wheeler and her back leg was severely broken. She was in a lot of pain, so Dr. Heera immediately gave her a strong painkiller. Then she cleansed the wound, gave the colt antibiotics and prepared her to be operated on the following morning.
  • It was a one hour operation...and Dr. Heera inserted a pin.
  • The Little One was still nursing, so they brought her mother, too. Several days later, during the night, the mother removed the pin...and you can only insert a pin once.
  • For several weeks, each day the wound was bandaged, and ointment applied. Antibiotics and homeopathic medicine were given. The bone wouldn't fuse and three weeks later Dr. Heera had to amputate at the fracture site, about five inches above the hoof.
  • The Little One could move around fine, but the wound took 1 1/2 months to heal.
  • The mother was simply nasty with us. She would bite and kick when anyone approached her. Pondi and Dharma were able to form some relationship, but not a close one. It clearly wasn't a good situation for either the baby, or her mother.
  • When the wound healed, Vishwa took mother and daughter back to the temple. It was in a small town. The people adored them, the mother and the babe, and brought little special snacks they'd come to love. The two Precious Ones were overjoyed to be back. They were showered with love. The babe was snuggling and playing.  And the mother--she was as sweet, gentle, and loving as could be!
  • It was such a Heart-warmer...Clearly, they'll both have a beautiful life. Om Namah Shivaya.

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This brings us to the end of the Report.

I'm hoping that each of you is doing excellently.

These are such difficult times we're going thru. It's so important for us to try to connect with the Light inside. And equally important to put that energy out into the World.

My Baba says that the World is as you see it...It's neither positive nor negative...It's important to hold onto the joy.

May we all be unfolding...May we all be getting more and more space inside...May we all be getting closer to our own Hearts.

May each of us, no exceptions, be blessed with more compassionate understanding.

As in previous reports, I've included a collection of photos. Hoping you enjoy them. Remember...the theme is simply Love.

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               PLEASE...REMEMBER...DONATIONS.

    THE PRECIOUS ONES NEED US...AND WE NEED YOU!

PLEASE...DIG DEEPLY...AND GIVE GENEROUSLY...THIS HAS BEEN AN EXTREMELY FINANCIALLY STRESSFUL PERIOD BECAUSE OF THE CATTLE...A GREAT DEAL HAS BEEN    COVERED BY YOU, ALREADY (Hugs. And, more hugs.)...BUT THERE'S STILL SOME TO GO.

RECURRING DONATIONS, EVEN MODEST ONES, ARE BEST FOR US. THEY GIVE US STABILITY.

 

With love, blessings, and wishes for all things good...May we All, each of us, do actions that emit uplifting, healing energy...Each of us can help in that way.

With love...From All of Us here, Precious Ones included...To All of You out there...Leslie

 

                  Again...Welcome to our beloved Shelter. 

Two of the homeless Precious Ones we protect.
Two of the homeless Precious Ones we protect.
And three more.
And three more.
These sweeties are just about to be rescued.
These sweeties are just about to be rescued.
Dr.Raja,Dr.Ramakrishna-Here for the Precious Ones.
Dr.Raja,Dr.Ramakrishna-Here for the Precious Ones.
Our beloved Staff--Here for the Precious Ones.
Our beloved Staff--Here for the Precious Ones.
You can
You can't give them too much.
You can
You can't.
You simply can
You simply can't.
Dr.Raja with his gentle touch.
Dr.Raja with his gentle touch.
A "mini-procedure" on a Precious One.
A "mini-procedure" on a Precious One.
They
They're so open.
You can tell by the eyes.
You can tell by the eyes.
You can see straight into the Soul.
You can see straight into the Soul.
"Straight in."
"Straight in."
This is a beautiful shot of our Shelter puja.
This is a beautiful shot of our Shelter puja.
Please---Bless...Guide...and, Protect Us.
Please---Bless...Guide...and, Protect Us.
Sri Ramana Maharshi..."Om Arunachalam."
Sri Ramana Maharshi..."Om Arunachalam."
Swami Satchidananda..."Om Sri Ram. Jai. Jai Ram."
Swami Satchidananda..."Om Sri Ram. Jai. Jai Ram."
Sw.Mukatananda."I welcome you with all my Heart."
Sw.Mukatananda."I welcome you with all my Heart."
Dilgo Khyentse and Kalu Rinpoche..."Om Ah Hung."
Dilgo Khyentse and Kalu Rinpoche..."Om Ah Hung."
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj...Just be!
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj...Just be!
Caring and loving is s-o-o-o important.
Caring and loving is s-o-o-o important.
Richard and sweet Google, Vishwa
Richard and sweet Google, Vishwa's favorite.
The ladies fussing over Snooky.
The ladies fussing over Snooky.
Sugana and one of her babies.
Sugana and one of her babies.
Vishwa and Radha.
Vishwa and Radha.
No comment.
No comment.
BEGINNING OF MISCELLANEOUS PHOTOS.
BEGINNING OF MISCELLANEOUS PHOTOS.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
The Inner Veranda.
The Inner Veranda.
The Outer Veranda.
The Outer Veranda.
Another shot of the Outer Veranda.
Another shot of the Outer Veranda.
A long time, strong supporter. And we love him.
A long time, strong supporter. And we love him.
The most profound adoption poster I
The most profound adoption poster I've ever seen.
We were honored by Global Giving in 2018.
We were honored by Global Giving in 2018.
Wish you were here!!!
Wish you were here!!!
What else is there to say???
What else is there to say???

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Welcome to our beloved Shelter.
Welcome to our beloved Shelter.

Dear People. Dear Animal Lovers. Dear Supporters.

Namaste'. I bow to your Inner-most Selves.

This is a Special Report. It is deep. Moving. Not processed. 

It's the beginning of the Hot Season here in Southern India. It's difficult for the animals. Hoping it rains some...or the water holds out.

These are my closing years of full-time/active work with the Shelter. Dr.Raja and Vishwa are really running things, and I am overseeing and advising. They are s-o-o-o good, it's humbling. At times, I feel inadequate. What a blessing they are.

In this closing stretch I'm focused on getting the Shelter into a much-needed larger facility...and laying a donation base that will go indefinitely into the future. 

In this Report I'm going to talk about "stuff"...deeper stuff...to give you a sense of the Specialness of our beloved Shelter.

Yes, the testimonials are impressive, several of which I'll talk about. And the statistics are impressive. But they don't tell the story of the Specialness. The totally transformed and uplifted quality of the life of animals on the streets shows the effect of the Work, but not the Specialness.  What we do doesn't tell the story.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN OUR BELOVED SHELTER IS HEART!  It's something that you really have to experience. I wish you could see the inside of our Shelter. It would gladden your Heart. Nevertheless, I'm going to try to tell you some of the things that give rise to the wonderful feeling of spaciousness and love you feel inside.

Sometimes when animal lovers are visiting for the first time, I tell them to close their eyes for a minute and just experience the feeling of the energy. I tell them that the softness, the quietness that they're experiencing is Grace. And that it's within this field of Grace that everything is unfolding. 

Sometimes, people visiting for the first time get teary, because they didn't know a place such as ours existed.

Sometimes, early evening, I'll just come and sit in the energy...experiencing the wonderful creatures around me...not focusing on anything in particular. Just...sitting. And it feels s-o-o-o GOOD...and so-o-o PEACEFUL...and it's s-o-o-o HEALING. 

THE DOGS AND PUPPIES ARE NOT KEPT IN CAGES, BUT RUN FREE AND ARE HAPPY. They are not simply "in captivity". They have a life. They have choices.

OUR STAFF IS DEVOTED AND LOVING. From the very beginning, they understood that deep healing would only take place if the animals felt safe, cared for, and loved. That it was they who gave the animals that love and caring. And that the expression of this was different for everyone, and each of them had to find their own way of that expression. They understood that the Furry Ones could tell the difference between someone being just "very nice', and someone who really cared. So it was important to be real.

OUR STAFF ARE SPECIAL,SPECIAL PEOPLE. Most have been with us five or six years, several longer. All of them, with no exceptions, truly care for the animals. But some Special Ones (Sekar, Supervisor Raja, Pandi, and Ramesh) I call the 'Pure Hearts'. And their attention alone can heal where medicine fails...The animals know this. The animals love them.

THE VERY CORE OF OUR WORK IS DEMONSTRATIVE LOVE--HUGGING, STROKING, REASSURING, KISSING. 

Over these years, we have gotten so many beautiful Heartfelt emails from people who have visited and experienced the almost/magical vibration. One of my all-time favorites is from a lady who didn't speak English very well. I want to share it with you--unedited for spelling, punctuation, or language.

  • i hope you understand my english... i want you to know…………..i spendt 6 weeks in india this time. i was feeding dogs everywhere and was very sad how they was treated by people. i cant understand this things, i love animals so much!..........i was travelling to Tiruvannamalai for 3 days to see, and hopefully to feel, this mountain and the ashram from Ramana………….a woman in the guesthouse told me about the animal sanctuary and i wanted to visit it before i leave to Pondycherry………………when i came in the sanctuary i felt, oh my god, i felt LOVE like never before! i felt freedom and coming HOME! after that, this love is still alive and wants to share!..................what i was searching in Tiru and all over the world I FOUND IN THE SANCTUARY!!!.............i love you, i love all of you!..................it is opening my heart like never before. unconditional LOVE! made so easy…it is the easiest thing in the world. one have only to GIVE and the hearts will understand this energy and react and learn how to GIVE. GIVING IS RECIEVING, its the same thing!.................and we learn it from people like you!”

For the first seven or eight years, Vishwa and Dr.Raja were my students. We worked very closely together. Day. Night. It was intense, always. Always. The motivation was pure. But they are no longer my students. They are on "their own legs", moving with their own strengths, and have taken things beyond where I could have possibly gotten them, even in my prime.

Often we moved thru Darkness. Traversing incredibly difficult terrain. "What," one might ask, "are the qualities that enable one to move thru these spaces?" I think the two main ones...the ones that must run deep, deep, deep...are Earnestness and Perseverance.

These beautiful, innocent, vulnerable creatures we serve have such difficult circumstances to go thru. In Eastern terms, it's called karma. Many succumb. It's just too much. Many are crushed. Many become crazed. Many fall into a deep pit of nothingness...depression...immersed in unrelenting pain. Having just to go on.

Our sole purpose for being is to lift suffering from these Precious Creatures. 

When we traverse these difficult spaces in doing the Work, it helps to remember that these aren't just "regular difficulties" we are encountering. This is the unrelenting battle to lift difficult karma from some of the Precious Ones'...to transform the wall of indifference towards them...and sometimes, the outright malevolence. 

As for us...we just have to keep going. It's never total "success". In those spaces, in those times where it's almost overwhelming, where the important thing is to somehow manage just to take the next step, it helps enormously to remember that we really are "lightening" it for the Precious Ones. And to see that we're actually making a profound difference. You can see it getting "lighter and lighter", "better and better" for them.

And it has unfolded here like in no other municipality of size in all of India...THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT HAS HAPPENED IS THAT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE HOMELESS DOGS AND THE PEOPLE AMONGST WHOM THEY LIVE DAY IN, DAY OUT, HAS BEEN TOTALLY TRANSFORMED.

Without that transformation, the impact of whatever else is done is significantly limited--the animals would be subject to the same indifference, the same absence of protection when they are in harm's way, the same unaided difficulties in their ongoing search for food and water. The same absence of affection.

One can experience the change by walking on the streets. Each year street conditions get better and better, and Tiru is amongst the very few municipalities of size where this has happened. IN THE POIGNANT WORDS OF LONGTIME TIRU RESIDENT DEV GOGOI WRITTEN AT THE TIME OF OUR FOURTH ANNIVERSARY PUJA. Public memory is short. Few can recall the rampant stray dogs everywhere, young and aged, starving and diseased, scavenging in the garbage heaps, fighting amongst themselves, ignored and abused by the human population, while remaining a menace to all including themselves. In four short years, the roads are more peaceful, with few strays to be seen, and the naturally loving relationship between humans and animals restored to its true state.”

FROM A PUBLIC LETTER OF ENDORSEMENT BY THE ANIMAL WELFARE BOARD OF INDIA WHO OVERSEE ALL THE ANIMAL SHELTERS IN THE COUNTRY. “In the short span of time that they have been in existence, they have established themselves as one of the very best animal sanctuaries, veterinary clinics, rescue shelters and hospices in the Nation”

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We've been busy since I've last written.  Our stats for January, February, and March are:

  • Clinic Visits.............................................1,659
  • In-patient Treatments...........................15,132
  • Emergency Rescues.................................201
  • Dogs Sterilized............................................85
  • Anti-rabies injections................................264
  • Animal Adoptions........................................13
  • Non-dogs treated.......................................215 
  • (62 cows & calves, 44 goats & sheep, 40 cats, 38 birds, 2 rabbits, 7 horses, 8 bullocks, 14 buffalo)                                                                                                                

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Some Shelter happenings.

  •  A well rescue.
  • We had a well rescue only ten kms out of town. Someone called and said a dog had been trapped for six days. Pandi and Premkumar went. But the well was 80 feet deep, and they couldn't reach the dog. (We don't know how he survived.) The Fire Department got him with an 80 foot rope ladder.  Pandi and Prem brought him to the Shelter. He was weak and dull, but had no significant injuries, and was otherwise in good health.
  • He was a sweet guy. Two years old. He recovered his energy in only two days. (I'm wondering if he was actually trapped for the six days they said.) 
  • He apparently had a good life, and really wanted freedom, quickly. So we set him free in his territory on the third day.

 

  • A puppy rescue.
  • We got a call that there were four 1 day old puppies whose mother had been killed in an accident. Vishwa went to check it out to make sure someone wasn't trying to dump the puppies. 
  • He brought them to a special facility near his house that we've been using for pups the last three months. (It's the parvo and distemper season so there are too many germs to keep pups in the Shelter.)  
  • Pups this young have to be fed every hour, 24 hours a day, and it gradually increases to where they're eating "normally" after a month. (We use special tiny nipples that we get from the States.) Vishwa slept with the pups the first four nights.
  • I just spoke to Vishwa. They're doing beautifully, and they're very active.

 

  • A very recent rescue.
  • Some kind souls brought a 7 month old male dog that they had found lying on the side of the road about 30 kms out.
  • He had been hit by a vehicle and his two back legs were totally mangled. 
  • Dr.Raja gave the sweetie strong painkillers that blocked the pain, and i.v.'s to hydrate him, and operated the next morning. It was a two hour operation, and he had to amputate both back legs.
  • Our Pure heart, Sekar, is taking care of this boy. We've had him a week now, and he's doing beautifully. In another few weeks dogs and puppies will start snuggling him. And in a month or so, he'll start "running around" with some friends.
  • He'll have a good life with us.
  • Om Namah Shivaya.

 

  • Sad news.
  • Lakshmi has passed away.
  • She was the dear, five year old white horse Dr.Raja had been treating for a metastasized malignancy near her eyes. 
  • Her final two months were sweet ones. Annette and Venkatesh had fallen in love with her, and took her on their 1 1/2 acre estate outside of town. It had large patches of green organic grass that she loved. Vishwa dressed her wound every day. Effective painkillers blocked any pain. And she had two months immersed in love and caring...and a peaceful passing.
  • We've put her on several powerful prayer lists. Say a prayer for her.
  • Om Namah Shivaya.

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  • Also a problem. Intense.
  • Most of you know about the rescue of the 37 cattle...for those who don't:
  • Late night, January 12th, a lorry illegally carrying 37 cattle being taken to slaughter in Kerala was intercepted on the road. The conditions inside that vehicle bordered on atrocity. One can only imagine what was done to those poor animals to be able to load them like that. (The legal max for transporting is six.) Prodding them. Beating. Kicking. Pulling by the nose... And it is difficult to consider the suffering that would have occurred on the long 20 hour journey to the slaughter house had they not been intercepted...Almost no air. No water. No food. Bumpy roads. The moaning...dying...crushing. Youngsters separated from their mothers. Awful. Awful. Awful.
  • The cattle and lorry were impounded by the police, and criminal charges were brought against the "cattle traffickers."
  • The cattle were turned over to us to care for them while the case was litigated.
  • At best, it's an involved process that can take several months. But, in this case, the mafia is involved and representing the "traffickers". And the weight of litigation has fallen on us.
  • We've found out they have strong connections within the police department, with the prosecutor, and within the Court itself. They may be able to prevent the case from coming to trial...I don't know.
  • At this point we've cared for the dear cattle for three months...but our initial estimate of $2,000 monthly was low. It's more like $3,300. We have them at two sites. If we're in for the long haul, we'll build to increase the capacity at one of the sites, and consolidate. That would bring the cost down to the original $2,000.
  • These are uncharted waters for us. The mafia in this area is powerful. We're not "babes in the woods". We have contact and support from some powerful forces. But it's intense. And always...in the background...is danger. 
  • If you're so inclined, we could really use your help for this alone, over and above everything else.
  • There are 14 young water buffalo, 12 bulls, 8 bullocks, and 3 cows. They are doing beautifully. Gaining weight. Feeling safe and cared for. And becoming affectionate...I'm sure it's the best time of their lives.
  • We couldn't even think of letting them go...and don't care what it takes. We will get these pure creatures to safety.
  • Please say prayers for us...Om Namah Shivaya.
  • Love, Leslie

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This brings us to the end of the Report.

Hoping that each of you is doing excellently...And if it's difficult inner-terrain that you're traversing, that it may bear great spiritual fruit. Hoping that you're unfolding beautifully and strongly inside. My Baba said that nothing is gained without some inner austerity. It seems that we have to go thru some inner burning to clear the way.

May each of us, no exceptions, be blessed with more compassionate understanding.

As in previous reports, I've included a collection of photos. Hoping you enjoy them. Remember...the theme is simply LOVE. 

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                  PLEASE...REMEMBER...DONATIONS.

THE PRECIOUS ONES NEED US...AND WE DEFINITELY NEED YOU!

             PLEASE...DIG DEEPLY...GIVE GENEROUSLY.

RECURRING DONATIONS, EVEN QUITE MODEST ONES, ARE BEST FOR US. THEY GIVE US STABILITY.       

With love, blessings, and wishes for all things good...May we All, each of us, do actions that emit uplifting, healing energy. These are difficult times for our beloved planet…and each of us can help in a major way.

 

 

 

Welcome to our beloved Shelter.
Welcome to our beloved Shelter.
Two of the Precious Homeless Ones we protect.
Two of the Precious Homeless Ones we protect.
A homeless sweetiepie just before her Rescue.
A homeless sweetiepie just before her Rescue.
He LOVED animals.
He LOVED animals.
Our beloved Staff--Here for the Precious Ones.
Our beloved Staff--Here for the Precious Ones.
Dr.Raja treating an in-patient.
Dr.Raja treating an in-patient.
Swami Muktananda...Head of Ananda Ashram in Kerala
Swami Muktananda...Head of Ananda Ashram in Kerala
Sri Mooji, blessing us with His presence.
Sri Mooji, blessing us with His presence.
Such beautiful eyes.
Such beautiful eyes.
What a beautiful face.
What a beautiful face.
And here
And here's another Precious One.
Our beloved Sekar and Shivagami "simply caring".
Our beloved Sekar and Shivagami "simply caring".
Dr.Raja and Dr.Heera
Dr.Raja and Dr.Heera
Dr.Ramakrishna.
Dr.Ramakrishna.
This babe was brought in by the Forest Department.
This babe was brought in by the Forest Department.
This beauty is coming to see our beloved doctors.
This beauty is coming to see our beloved doctors.
This little one hurt her leg.
This little one hurt her leg.
Never too small for a good old-fashioned splint
Never too small for a good old-fashioned splint
Dear Ranjita...The mange was so bad.
Dear Ranjita...The mange was so bad.
The beginning of her care.
The beginning of her care.
Ranjita..4 months later..Have a good life sweetie.
Ranjita..4 months later..Have a good life sweetie.
Our front veranda.
Our front veranda.
Our back veranda.
Our back veranda.
We have been honored this year.
We have been honored this year.
They all, no exceptions, need more love.
They all, no exceptions, need more love.
Love is so important!
Love is so important!
It
It's the most important thing.
Yes.
Yes.
Yes.
Yes.
Yes.
Yes.
And it
And it's important that we love each other.
There is really not much more that can be said.
There is really not much more that can be said.
They must feel safe, cared for, and loved.
They must feel safe, cared for, and loved.

Dear, dear People,

I'm at the Dreaming Tree, a wonderful rooftop restaurant in Tiru that has become my favorite place to work. So I'm overindulging, gaining weight, loving it, as I write this Report.

Blessings to All of You this Holiday Season. May each of us pass thru it in warmth, bathed in love-filled energy. May we all, All of Us, without exception, be blessed with more compassionate understanding this year.

The Shelter is going beautifully. A major topic these last two months has been puppies. Many, many of them. At one point we had forty. This created two distinct needs--caring for the Precious Little Ones, and finding homes for them.

The most important care is simply touching and babying them. And we have four village ladies--two in the morning and two in the afternoon-- whose only job is to cuddle and baby our Precious Ones, puppies and adults alike. If you saw these ladies, they would warm your Heart. They have little packets to help clean their fur babies' eyes and ears, and to remove ticks. They hold them, baby them and stroke them. It has really made a difference, so we're in the process of increasing our ladies to four in the morning, and four in the afternoon. Also of importance is that puppies have each other to snuggle, play, rest with, and touch. They're a real "Heartwarmer" to watch.

Finding homes for them, though, is a big problem and requires major, major effort. Vishwa has three students from the nearby college who go out up to 100kms looking for good homes…Then Vishwa goes to check the homes out. (About half are good.) The students can receive 500 rupees from us for each puppy placed…but they’re “deeply into it” and refuse to take any compensation other than reimbursement for their expenses. Our beloved Vishwa spends an incredible amount of time doing this. It’s not easy to find good homes. Sometimes a full day’s searching yields none. (At this point in time, since opening, Vishwa has remarkably placed over 1000 puppies in good homes.)

We’re concerned about the increasing number of puppies coming to us. So we’re doubling our efforts to sterilize the homeless dogs. We hope to do 100 to 150 a month. If that doesn’t bring the number of puppies being born under control, then we’ll have to radically increase our efforts from there.

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Many of you like to hear about our emergency rescues: (We do 60 to 120 a month.)

  • We received a call from a village 65 kms away. A dog with a horrible infected wound on its back leg was going to houses for food and being chased away because he smelled so bad. People in one house tried to kill him…Vishwa got there about 10am. Just outside of town there was a large, wooded area, making it difficult to find the dog. Ten village people helped Vishwa look for him all day and couldn’t find him…Finally, Vishwa left around 6pm, when it was starting to get dark. The next day he returned at 9:30am with Prem Kumar and Arunagiri. They looked until 5p and gave up…The third day, Vishwa took our beloved Pandi with him, leaving Tiru at 4:30a. They got there at 6am. At 8 o’clock, they found out that the dog in question usually turned up at a particular house between 8 and 10. They waited, finally spotted him, chased him down and caught him…He had hundreds of maggots in the wound. Scores fell off in the car….Dr.Raja said he was weak, depleted, anemic, and in pain. He gave the dog a painkiller and i.v. with neurobion for nutrition, and tended the wound. The poor babe was only five years old. We’ve had him for five weeks, now. His wound is almost fully healed. He’s regained his strength, and has several furry friends with whom he wrestles, rests, and sleeps. He’s doing beautifully, and in two weeks Vishwa will take him back to his territory.
  • The second rescue…Late night call. A cat had somehow fallen into a well...about 30 kms outside of town. The well was a deep one, sixty feet. Vishwa lowered himself on a rope. The cat was in an indentation in the side about five feet above the water. On the way down, (he was tired; it was 11pm), Vishwa lost his grip and fell about twenty feet into the water. But he reached the cat. (The poor baby was very scared.) He put him in a bag to carry him up - and the cat bolted to freedom as soon as they got to the top and opened the bag! (Enjoy your life little guy. We’re glad we could help.)

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The remainder of this Report is different than all the others. It’s mostly about the healing power of love, and about positive feelings.

Most of you know that my Main Teacher told me thirty years ago that the physician heals with the Heart. And we believe deep healing will only take place if an animal feels safe, cared for and loved. So the very core of our Work is demonstrative love—touching, stroking, reassuring, hugging, kissing. 

There are many stories of the healing power of positive energy---Hope…Love…Belief. 

For many years we’ve known thru the “placebo effect” that just the belief that getting (or doing) something that is beneficial creates a healing force. Medical science didn’t fully follow up on the implications of the placebo until the last twenty or thirty years. At this point in time, there’s been a lot of research done. 

I remember 35 years ago, a dear beloved friend of mine found out she had an advanced case of metastasized cervical cancer…and for months I dedicated myself to finding “a way”. It’s during this period that I became aware of the healing power of a “good inner-state”...

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I came across the miraculous story of Norman Cousins. He had been the editor of the Saturday Review of Literature for over 30 years. The Saturday Review was quite prestigious and Norman was well known. 

He had been in the hospital with a life-threatening, potentially terminal illness. It was a good hospital and he had all the top doctors. After a period of extended treatment, they told him that there was nothing more they could do, and that he had only a month or two to live.

Norman, in consultation with a dear doctor friend, decided that he would stop treatment. Their thinking was that if negative emotions could precipitate illness, positive emotions might be able to cure it. So the two of them pulled together all kinds of uplifting movies (including Charlie Chaplin) and books and moved into a hotel. They ate good food. Laughed. Enjoyed. And his doctor friend who was monitoring his vital signs, saw that his vitals were getting better and better……End of story—HE RECOVERED. 

His story was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, one of the most prestigious medical journals in the States. And he became a lecturer at the University of California Medical School, expounding on the subject of the healing force of positive emotions. Om Namah Shivaya.

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Also in the 80’s, I came in contact with an organization in Los Angeles (supported by local doctors) that helped women dealing with cancer…They had considerable success. I used a tape of theirs for a dear friend who was getting chemotherapy. It guided her thru visualizations, recollections of things she loved, and meditations, as the chemo was being administered.All of it had to do with positive feelings. I believe it really helped.

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There have been a number of times when the condition of one of our Precious Ones in the Shelter was getting serious, when medication wasn’t working, yet we were able to reverse it just by focusing on being gentle and loving. 

I remember late one night when Vishwa and I were in front of the Shelter with a puppy who was clearly fading and wasn’t going to make it. In the darkness, I held the baby against my Heart, stroking and kissing him. Then I noticed a light start to come thru his eyes. Vishwa was going to take him home to spend the night. I told him to hold the tiny creature against his Heart. The young babe experienced a strong reversal, and lived. 

We have many, many such stories…The Power of Love…The Power of Positive Energy. 

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This brings us to the end of the Report.

Hoping that each of you is doing excellently...That you're unfolding beautifully and strongly, inside. My Baba said that nothing is gained without some inner austerity...It seems that we have to go thru some inner burning to clear the way.

As in previous reports, I've included a collection of photos. Hoping you enjoy them. Remember...the theme is simply LOVE.

 

                PLEASE...REMEMBER...DONATIONS.

 

THE PRECIOUS ONES NEED US...AND WE NEED YOU!

 

RECURRING DONATIONS, EVEN QUITE MODEST ONES, ARE BEST FOR US. THEY GIVE US STABILITY.

 

            PLEASE...KEEP YOUR SUPPORT COMING. 

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With love, blessings, and wishes for all things good...May we All, each of us, do actions that emit uplifting, healing energy. These are difficult times for our beloved planet…and each of us can help in a major way.

Leslie, The Ageing Expatriate Warrior

 

Some of the Precious Homeless Ones we protect.
Some of the Precious Homeless Ones we protect.
More Homeless Sweetiepies just before Rescue.
More Homeless Sweetiepies just before Rescue.
Precious Homeless Ones playing.
Precious Homeless Ones playing.
This Homeless Babe isn
This Homeless Babe isn't doing well.
He LOVED animals.
He LOVED animals.
Our beloved Staff--Here for the Precious Ones.
Our beloved Staff--Here for the Precious Ones.
We have been honored this year.
We have been honored this year.
You can
You can't give too much!
Hold still sweet boy.
Hold still sweet boy.
Ramesh, and some Young Ones.
Ramesh, and some Young Ones.
She loved her swims...AND Supervisor Raja.
She loved her swims...AND Supervisor Raja.
A scene on the Veranda.
A scene on the Veranda.
No words. Just touching.
No words. Just touching.
What can you say...Sometimes there are no words.
What can you say...Sometimes there are no words.
Someone has to talk to Leslie about work habits.
Someone has to talk to Leslie about work habits.
Leslie trying to talk to some visitors.
Leslie trying to talk to some visitors.
A volunteer, loving and caressing.
A volunteer, loving and caressing.
Protector.
Protector.
Innocense
Innocense
Satya
Satya's Maggot infested wound. (See next photo.)
Blessings dear Satya...Healed...We love you.
Blessings dear Satya...Healed...We love you.
Nothing too grand for a duchess.
Nothing too grand for a duchess.
Our beloved Sekar.
Our beloved Sekar.
This is called a turkey snuggle.
This is called a turkey snuggle.
Our beloved Dr. Raja.
Our beloved Dr. Raja.
Anniversary puja.
Anniversary puja.
Swami Muktananda...Head of Ananda Ashram in Kerala
Swami Muktananda...Head of Ananda Ashram in Kerala
There is really not much more that can be said.
There is really not much more that can be said.
Our booth at Mooji
Our booth at Mooji's concert for the Shelter.

Dear People. Dear Animal Lovers. Dear Supporters. 

Namaskaram. I bow to your Inner-most Selves. 

This is a Special Report. It is deep. It is moving. It is not processed. Plastic. Or edited in a way to zip right along. I’ve never written anything publicly like this. 

Our beloved Shelter is going beautifully. To visit it is healing. One experiences Spaciousness and Love. Animal lovers experiencing it for the first time often get teary because they didn’t know a place such as this existed. 

The Voiceless Ones, except for those that are infectious and contagious, run free and are happy. They are not “in captivity” simply passing their precious lives. They have choices. Of friends. Of activities: To be solitary. To be social…To run. To play…To snuggle. To sleep…To pass the time watching the World go by…To be grumpy. To be loving…To simply be themselves—each day, throughout the day…To change, whenever…… 

The Staff. How special they are. How genuinely they relate to and care for the Precious Ones. It is truly a place…Of Love…Of Life…And, most of all, of Heart.

We are all very, very grateful it unfolded to be what it is. It didn’t happen thru any penetrating, deep planning. The motivation was always pure. From moment to moment, from day to day, it was always imbued with love, caring, and intelligence. And what happened, what evolved, is this wonderful, wonderful place. 

We couldn’t have worked harder, but almost all the important things happened magically thru Grace. I personally believe in a Divine Being, a Master of the Universe and I truly believe that this is a Divine Manifestation, not simply the result of our hard, dedicated effort…Those of you who don’t share my belief can say, “You’re off the wall, Leslie…You guys did a magnificent job.” And I say to you, “Okay, so you believe whatever you want.”  And being a liberal, giving space and credence for other opinions, I say back to you, “Fine. You guys believe whatever you want. But you’re so wrong. And that’s not the way it is!!! This place, this oasis of compassion and healing, is simply not the result of any person’s actions, or efforts." 

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In this Report I want to focus on one happening. One incredible, complex expression of compassion, caring, and Grace that unfolded so beautifully. I am deeply proud of the Staff that so lifted what could have been, what would have been, what should have been such deep suffering for six vulnerable creatures—Leo, Lady, Winnie, Oscar, Max, and Muffin—two 9 month old German Shepherds, one three year old Himalayan Shepherd, a five year old Lab, and two Indian dogs—an eleven year old, and a fourteen year old. 

It conveys some of the sensitivity and awareness with which we’re blessed that surfaces to handle things compassionately as we move from situation to situation…Om Namah Shivaya. 

This involves a lovely being, a lady, who had lived here for thirty-five years. She encountered some serious visa problems, real ones, not created by some “bureaucratic mind”. It happened feverishly fast—three days from the time she first heard ‘til the time she had to leave the Country. I’ll give her the name Eethera. 

She built a fine life here. Her footprints on the Planet were big, and thru her good works she was able to lift a lot of suffering. AND she was a total Animal Lover. She had these six whom she adored. She had each since they were pups. Leo, Lady, Winnie, Oscar, Max, and Muffin. 

We met--Eethera, Dr.Raja, Vishwa, and myself. For 2 1/2 hours. The situation was incredibly complicated and intense. We arranged to meet again the following morning. (She was supposed to leave the day after that.) It gave space for things to settle down and to move towards clarity. 

She called me that night, and I said, “Eethera, my mind is still confused. It’s too soon. Wait until morning.” 

She called me 7am the following morning, and said she couldn’t meet early because she had to go to the Police Department. I was not pleased. Our meeting was set for 3pm. I called Dr. Raja and Vishwa, and the three of us met in a local restaurant. 

I’m not usually affected strongly emotionally when we go thru very difficult things, I just do what’s needed, and focus on keeping my Heart and Awareness open. But in this situation, the night before, I got teary and was deeply afraid for her six Furry Ones, and what they might have to go thru. 

In the morning, though, once Vishwa, Dr. Raja, and I started discussing possibilities, things lightened, and it was clear that we could do a lot to soften the blow. 

One major problem was that her dogs weren’t typical “owner dogs”. 

For example, by typical, we have an older dog, Jingles, that we took in over a year ago. She was loved by her owners, but she wasn’t the center of the family or the center of attention. They went thru difficult circumstances where they simply could not care for her. Because they had done so much for the Shelter, we took her. After getting over the separation, she has a good life with us and is happy. 

Eethera’s life revolved around these creatures. She lived in a two story, non-traditional house that had a lot of nooks and crannies. The Furry Ones had the run of the house. And she was with them throughout the day. She kept two large tubs of water they could soak in to keep cool during the Hot Season. They had the run of the yard. The house itself was set in a sparsely populated area. It was ¾ km from a small lake. Every day they went for a walk and four of them adored the water. 

Eethera’s Precious Ones just wouldn’t fit into the Shelter. They’d be unhappy, and probably end up getting into a lot of conflicts. And it’s hard to find homes for adult dogs. But Vishwa thought he might be able to find homes for the four pedigrees. (It was critical.) The two Indian dogs, aged eleven and fourteen were more sedentary and might be happy in the Shelter.  

Just as an aside, when people are moving, we will not take in their dogs, and find homes for them. That’s not what we’re here for. We’re fully engaged with what we do, and don’t have the resources to deal with those situations, which they can handle (perhaps with some effort). But this was an exception, a circumstance we’d never before encountered. 

And this is the setting with perhaps the deepest, most complex, rescue you will ever read about.

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Dr. Raja, Vishwa and I decided to meet with Eethera on the upper floor of her house, and to take Venkatesh (from our Staff) along to start forming a bond with the Furry Ones on the ground floor while we met. 

We knew that we couldn’t just take them into the Shelter and let them run free. They had to be in a large retaining area. There was only one that was suitable. It had a high chain link fence around it (25ft x 30ft). There was a hut inside that had a good coconut leaf roof, and open entrance, and benches along the sides. It was in the center of the garden, so the dogs could run around and have a view of everything that was going on. Vishwa had it prepared. 

Eethera called around noon. We met straight away. At the meeting she “dropped the bomb”. It turned out she wasn’t leaving the next day but had to leave 7pm that very night. 

This now had the potential to be shatteringly traumatic for the poor creatures.

It was important that Eethera be present when they were moved. At 3:30pm Vishwa and Eethera took the dogs to the Shelter in a lorry. Their eating bowls had been taken to the hut, along with a few familiar pieces of furniture. Venkatesh was there to greet them, and was going to sleep with them throughout the night. (Actually, to stay with them continuously for the first 48 hours, and to sleep with them the first two nights.) Eethera had a caretaker that the dogs really liked. She was in Chennai when they were moved. But Vishwa picked her up 9pm at the bus stand that first night and brought her to the Shelter for a few hours. She returned in the morning, and was hired for the next three weeks. 

It went off beautifully. They were fed and given treats shortly after they arrived at the Shelter. 

Venkatesh, after the first two days, “double shifted” for two weeks so he was with them a number of hours during the day and night. 

Eethera’s food lasted for four days. Then they got special, special fare. (Pedigree, milk, eggs, rice/chicken). 

Vishwa arranged to take the four younger pedigrees for two walks a day on retractable leashes, each walk lasting one to two hours.

Vishwa was able to find good homes for the four pedigrees. Tho’ he had good homes for the two German Shepherds (Leo and Lady), he fell in love with them and they now live with Vishwa in beautiful circumstances out of town. 

Max (the Lab), and Winnie (the Himalayan Shepherd) went to beautiful homes. They were two families that lived outside of town in the country. Each had land. One had two children; the other four—between the ages of six and twelve. 

The dogs were all with us for a month. And each of the prospective adopters came to the Shelter between twelve and fifteen times. We had earlier decided that we would wait until the dogs were emotionally ready to be adopted. 

As for Leo and Lady, the young German Shepherds, their home at Vishwa’s is like heaven itself…There’s a lot of land and open fields behind his house…He has three children…But Leslie, his ten-year old (The name sound familiar?), has a special relationship with the dogs and they adore each other. And, of course, they love Vishwa and he loves back. On most days they’re taken to the lake near Eethera’s old house, for a swim…and he goes in with them…Vishwa said they’ve become so strong they almost overpower him…I pity anyone who tries to harm Vishwa if they’re around. 

Then there’s Oscar and Muffin, the two older Indian dogs, who are adjusting nicely to the Shelter. It takes time, but they’re given a lot of love and support, and they are content and increasingly into their new life…It really helps that they’re good friends…After the first week, we started introducing them to life on the Veranda. Starting with a half-hour, and increasing the time each day. We had decided that we wouldn’t place the other dogs until they were full-time on the Veranda mixing with more dogs, so they wouldn’t feel abandoned when the others went to their new homes. 

I am so, so proud of the Shelter Staff. This is just one happening. There are many, many. And all this is taking place with all the other activities happening…AND 200 other in-patient dogs. 

I place my head at their feet. 

Om Namah Shivaya

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This brings us to the end of the Report.

Hoping that each of you is doing excellently...That you're unfolding beautifully and strongly, inside. My Baba said that nothing is gained without some inner austerity. I sometimes think of it in wordly terms for myself as, "Growing up ain't easy!"

As in previous reports, I've included a collection of photos. Hoping you enjoy them. Remember...the theme is simply LOVE.

 

                PLEASE...REMEMBER...DONATIONS.

 

THE PRECIOUS ONES NEED US...AND WE NEED YOU.

 

RECURRING DONATIONS, EVEN QUITE MODEST ONES, ARE BEST FOR US.

 

            PLEASE...KEEP YOUR SUPPORT COMING.

 

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With love, blessings, and wishes for all things good...May we all be blessed with more compassionate understanding.

Leslie, The Ageing Expatriate Warrior

 

 

Dr. Raja with his magical hands and Pure Heart.
Dr. Raja with his magical hands and Pure Heart.
Our beloved Staff--Here for the Precious Ones.
Our beloved Staff--Here for the Precious Ones.
They may not look like heroes. But they are.
They may not look like heroes. But they are.
These are two of the Precious Ones that need us.
These are two of the Precious Ones that need us.
And these two sweeties, also.
And these two sweeties, also.
This Precious One
This Precious One's hair has recently grown back.
Her coat was like this Little Ones two months ago.
Her coat was like this Little Ones two months ago.
We treat any creature in need.
We treat any creature in need.
Any.
Any.
And I do mean, any!
And I do mean, any!
Love is so important!
Love is so important!
Without it deep healing doesn
Without it deep healing doesn't take place.
This is Robinson, Vishwa
This is Robinson, Vishwa's son!
This is Eethara
This is Eethara's Max in his new home.
The land around Max
The land around Max's new home.
This is Eethera
This is Eethera's German Shepherds, Leo and Lady.
Vishwa giving Leo and Lady shampoos.
Vishwa giving Leo and Lady shampoos.
And this is Eethera
And this is Eethera's Winnie being loved.
And this is Leslie (Vishwa
And this is Leslie (Vishwa's daughter) & Leslie.
Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche...Blessings. Blessings.
Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche...Blessings. Blessings.

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Now that
Now that's what I call a real hug!

Namaste' dear People. Good morning!

It's morning here and the hot season is winding down. Nights and early mornings are comfortable, tho' it does get close to 100 degrees midafternoon.

Our Precious Ones still cluster around the eight air coolers in the Shelter. Mornings,  they're starting to get pretty active...chasing...romping...or, simply trotting around, solo, every once in a while stopping for a Furry One exchange.

There are aspects of it that are like a human community. The younger ones energetic. The more mature ones, having more civil-like, dignified exchanges. The older ones, a little more sedentary--sometimes lifting a critical eye as two or three of the youngsters bolt by. Friends "hang out" together. Some, going thru a healing energy/body period, lie close to one another.

We've been busy since I've last written. Our stats for April, May, and June are:

  • Clinic Visits……………............. 1,592
  • In-Patient Treatments............... 2,381
  • Emergency Rescues................ ...180
  • Dogs Sterilized…………………....188
  • Anti-rabies injections…….............454
  • Animal Adoptions………………......20
  • Non Dogs Treated…………….......196 
  • (67 cows & calves, 55 goats & sheep, 37 cats, 8 monkeys, 6 birds, 8 rabbits, 1 parrot, 1 eagle,1 owl, 9 hens, 2 deer, 1 peacock)  

The rest of this Report is about love. A few of you have seen the below write-up, but it captures the vibration of the Shelter. So, with joy, I repeat it here for all.

I used to talk about how our Voiceless Ones run free and are happy. And how beautifully our devoted Staff cared for them. And I would talk about how deep healing would only take place if they felt safe, cared for, and loved. From the beginning  I regularly talked to our beloved Staff, telling them how centrally important the love and caring were. How it wasn't Dr.Raja, Vishwa, or myself that gave them that love and caring, that is was them. That no one could tell them how to do it, and that they had to find their own way. But that it wasn't just a case of being "nice, gentle, and attentive". The Furry Ones could tell the difference between someone that was just being "very nice", and someone that really cared. It was more important to be very real than to just be very nice. They, over time, found their own ways...and each has a different relationship with the Furry Ones.

For many years I viewed the main reason our Voiceless Ones were happy running free was our loving, devoted Staff caring for them.

But my understanding, only recently, has deepened. The foregoing is certainly true, but I no longer think it's the central thing. it's part of a much broader thing: that is, the energy of the entire place. Everyone feels good. And that is the overall setting these creaures live in.

The relationship between the doctors and Vishwa (and now, Elaine) is not structured...and their relationship with the Staff is not structured. Everything is flowing and moves around permeated with Heart. There aren't fixed layers of authority, tho' there are clear understandings of whose responsible for what, and who has authority. There are clear paths of communication. It's hard to describe. You have to spend a couple of hours here just observing. Nothing seems to be rigidly organized. Yet, everthing is getting done--not in a confusing way, but in a flowing way. There is no laxness. But everyone is comfortable going with the general energy flows that require them to rest, or take a break in some way (understanding that they don't have to be busy, just to be busy). When concentrated, coordinated effective action is needed, which happens frequently, it unfolds quite naturally.

Supervisor Raja has an incredibly light touch. In a real sense he's simply mingling as the day unfolds. There's no separation between him doing very basic things, and being aware of how everything's unfolding in the entire Shelter. He's the epitome of "ordinariness". And what a beautiful ordinariness! His energy subtly pervades the Shelter. The Staff are really close to him. Exchanges between him and directions to do something, unfold in the most ordinary way. He's one of our PureHearts. The animals adore him. He loves and is devoted to Dr. Raja. He and Vishwa are very close...Keep in mind that Vishwa is fully responsible for the overall running of the Shelter. Vishwa has a gazillion things to do, and he and Supervisor Raja are in communication a number of times throughout the day.

I tell my people that I could come into our beloved Shelter...and write volumes on what's wrong. I tell them, tho', that that's just "mind" coming in. When you walk into this place...This Haven...This wonderful, wonderful sanctuary...you could write a book on what could be done differently...But that is being blind to "What is"..."What exists before your very eyes"...My Baba used to say, "The world is as you see it...You can be in Heaven, itself, and have a whole litany of grievances of what's wrong...You can be in very difficult circumstances and have a collection of things that are right. It all depends on Ones Inner State."

It is a place of Love...Of Peace...Of Life. And above all, a place of Heart. 

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On a lighter note...Here are some of the Shelter Heart stories and vignettes that many of you tell me you enjoy and are moved by. Several of you have said that of all things I write about, this section is, by far, your favorite. Well...here it goes

Starting out with a really light one.

The Mongoose.

Deep well, maybe 20 to 25 feet. Vishwa descended on a rope to a ledge where the little, innocent-looking, gentle babe was stranded.

He lowered himself to the level of the ledge, and started talking sweetly to her. She wasn't very big, and seemed a little threatened. She didn't respond at first, but he went on, and slowly moved towards her...Then - suddenly - she let out a loud ferocious, terrifying (don't know what to call it,but let me use the word "roar"). It jolted and frightened our fearless hero, who let go of the rope and fell backwards into the water.

Then, more respectfully, Dharma, who was topside, got ahold of a blue plastic bin with a metal cover. Vishwa used it to capture the "little sweetie". They got her up and out, where there were thick bushes and trees nearby. And off she went. In a flash she was gone, without even looking back for a "civilized thank you".

Mongooses are formidable hunters. They're lightning-fast, and have razor sharp teeth. Their speed and agility in attacking poisonous snakes is legendary. 

Pooja...Gentle...Good natured, Pooja.

She was young. Maybe eleven or twelve months. Half Dalmatian. Medium size. Slender. 

She was first brought to us in the clinic when she was one month old. She’d been blind at birth. Dr.Raja tried to treat her eye disorder, but she couldn’t be helped. Some months later a small boy found her at the side of the road. So weak she could barely stand. And very frightened. The people who “owned her” had thrown her out. 

We put her in a room off the veranda. To keep her in the room we put a 2 ½ foot high board across the gate leading to the veranda. Three puppies were kept with her so she’d have company and could snuggle when she slept. And there she stayed for over a month. Her strength and confidence slowly built, and she came to know where all the objects were. 

She’d race in really tight circles without going anywhere. I thought because that way she wouldn’t run into anything. Dr.Raja thought it might be an emotional problem. Who really knows? (Just thought of a great animal psychic in Mt. Shasta California who would actually know.).

And then we unblocked the gate leading to the veranda. It took a week to start putting her paw outside the door, but quickly pulling it back. For her…anything could be out there…A chasm?...An endless field?...One day she stepped onto the veranda, and then quickly back. After some time she was wandering around amongst the other Furry Ones. They were harsh with her at the beginning as she walked into them or stepped on their heads while they were resting. The Staff gave her a lot of reassurance and support. The Furry Ones started realizing that something was wrong and that she simply couldn’t help it. She became joyful…and would run around bumping into everyone. Kissing. Sniffing. Sometimes moving back when another dog was irritated and started barking at her. Sometimes she barked back. 

Sometimes I’d put her on my lap, gently, stroking and hugging her. She loved it. She was very happy, but I think the Shelter was too stressful for her.

We found a home. A quiet home, with a really sweet older couple. 

Dear…Dear...Sweet Pooja.

Ten Calves Rescued from Slaughter.

The Shelter received a call that 28 calves, illegally bought for slaughter, were being held outside in the sun. No water. No food. Suffering. 

I sent Vishwa. Told him to take photos. And to be careful, not to get aggressive until I got there. In the meantime, I called the Vice-Chairman of the Animal Welfare Board of India, and verified the law. (We didn’t have the authority to impound. Only the Police Dept. or the Municipality could do it.) I asked Dr.Raja to contact a police sub-inspector who supports our work to see if he could be ready to move quickly for us. 

When I got to the scene, the Municipality had already moved to impound them, and were waiting for trucks to transport them. The Police Dept. was going to turn them over to the Shelter. The calves had been moved into the shade and given water and grass. We left and prepared to receive them at the Shelter.

We then got word that thru political pressure the Police Dept. had released the calves to the butchers on the basis of a written statement that they would be treated well and would not be slaughtered. (Right…They were going to keep them as pets?). Some “heavy hitter” political figures had intervened and we were unable to offset it. 

We then got a pledge of 60,000 rupees to try to buy them. But it was too late. They were all gone…and probably slaughtered. 

But then, miracle of miracles. A week later, totally unexpectedly (we still have no idea what happened except that the counter political pressure we put forth bore fruit), the police turned over ten of the calves to us on the basis of an order from the Court. 

Thru an animal activist in Chennai we were put in touch with an organization that saves cows and gives them a good life. They had rescued over a thousand. 

We had them for a week. Vishwa took beautiful care of them (what else would our Martian do)…Hay, green grass, oil cakes, etc…But most of all, and most importantly, they were bathed in love—tender strokes, hugs, kisses, massages. Veera, who loves cows, watched over them at night. 

Vishwa then sent them off to Chennai in a large lorry where they had an enormous amount of room. He put dry straw on the floor so it would be soft. Good hay for eating. Arranged an elaborate cover over the back of the lorrey to protect them from the sun. Arranged to stop and give them green grass and water half way. Sent Veera along to reassure and care for them. 

Almost anyone else would have stuffed them in an open back lorrey and just shipped them…That’s our Saint Vishwa.

 A Sweetiepie Doberman Pup

She was only four months old, and had been throwing up and not eating. Her owner travelled 100 kms in a hired car so that Dr.Raja would be the one to treat her. 

Dr.Raja took an x-ray that revealed a large mass of stones in her stomach. She had been eating them over a period of time. 

The operation lasted 2 ½ hours. And it turned out to be about 40 stones weighing 1/2 kg. 

She convalesed for two weeks. When her owner came to get her, you can only imagine how overjoyed she was. 

A benediction I wrote at the time: You are a sweetheart…And your owner loves you…May all Beings benefit…Om Namah Shivaya.

 A Duck.

This guy was about six months old. Some compassionate person brought him in. 

I don’t know where they got him. But he was almost dead from malnutrition. Dr.Raja gave him neurobion injections for vitamins. We fed him fruit and veggies (bananas, carrots, etc.) and both raw and cooked rice. 

When he gained some strength he liked to swim around in a large tub of water.

We kept him a month and then got him to a good bird sanctuary in Chennai. 

May all beings gain compassionate understanding

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This brings us to the end of the Report.

Hoping that each of you is doing excellently...That you're unfolding beautifully and strongly, inside. My Baba said that nothing is gained without some inner austerity. I sometimes think of it in wordly terms for myself as, "Growing up ain't easy!"

As in previous reports, I've included a collection of photos. Hoping you enjoy them. Remember...the theme is simply LOVE.

 

                              PLEASE...REMEMBER...DONATIONS.

 

                 THE PRECIOUS ONES NEED US...AND WE NEED YOU.

 

RECURRING DONATIONS, EVEN QUITE MODEST ONES, ARE BEST FOR US.

 

PLEASE...KEEP YOUR SUPPORT COMING.

 

========================================== 

 

With love, blessings, and wishes for all things good...May we all be blessed with more compassionate understanding.

Leslie, The Ageing Expatriate Warrior

 

 

Dr. Raja with his magical hands and Pure Heart.
Dr. Raja with his magical hands and Pure Heart.
One of the Precious Ones that needs us.
One of the Precious Ones that needs us.
And this Sweetie too, who
And this Sweetie too, who's not doing too well.
And, here are some more Precious Ones.
And, here are some more Precious Ones.
And, yet some more.
And, yet some more.
Our beloved Staff--Here for the Precious Ones.
Our beloved Staff--Here for the Precious Ones.
A nice lick for Elaine.
A nice lick for Elaine.
Gentle Dr. Ramakrishna.
Gentle Dr. Ramakrishna.
Pandi...a truly Fearless Hero.
Pandi...a truly Fearless Hero.
Supervisor Raja feeding hungry rescued calves.
Supervisor Raja feeding hungry rescued calves.
Frightened baby. Can
Frightened baby. Can't get out of well.
Mom. Almost hysterical..Vishwa got the Little One.
Mom. Almost hysterical..Vishwa got the Little One.
Vishwa on another deep, deep  well rescue.
Vishwa on another deep, deep well rescue.
Sekar...Releasing an eagle we
Sekar...Releasing an eagle we'd treated.
This Little One enjoys being an only kid.
This Little One enjoys being an only kid.
He
He's feeling very safe.
Feeling safe and loved.
Feeling safe and loved.
Leslie
Leslie's our biggest kisser. Everything but cobras
He has a beautiful, pure Heart.
He has a beautiful, pure Heart.
Getting close to the sweetheart.
Getting close to the sweetheart.
Sugana
Sugana's the Mom for all the infant monkeys.
My absolute favorite...Vishwa
My absolute favorite...Vishwa's daughter, Leslie.
They simply love Vishwa...All the animals do.
They simply love Vishwa...All the animals do.
Leslie..On the streets..They need us..We need you.
Leslie..On the streets..They need us..We need you.

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