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
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
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
Welcome to our beloved Shelter
Welcome to our beloved Shelter

Dear People...Dear Animal Lovers...Dear Supporters,

Namaste'. I bow to your Innermost Selves.

These are such difficult, difficult times. It is a time when it's important to look for the light within you---memories, thoughts, aspirations---and to uplift your own Inner-state. And by putting that higher state into your outside actions, you also help others.

This is a Report that gives an overview of the energy our Work has generated to lift suffering from the Animal Realm.

OUR STATISTICS SINCE OPENING JAN.2007 THRU MAR31 2022.

  • Clinic Visits..........................  78,559
  • In-Patient Treatments..........214,595
  • Anti-Rabies Injections...........20,309
  • Emergency Rescues...............8.094
  • Dogs Sterilized ........................8,687
  • Animal Adoptions....................1,447
  • Non-dogs Treated....................9,058                                                                     (Included in "Non Dogs Treated" are 2,839 cows & calves, 2,438 goats & sheep, 1,769 cats, 236 monkeys, 1,230  birds, 319 rabbits///and 126 squirrels/donkeys/pigs/peacocks/parrots/eagles/horses/deer/bullocks/ snakes/turkeys/owls/ducks/mongooses/turtles/chameleons/buffalo.)  

SHELTER STATISTICS FOR FIRST QUARTER OF 2022--JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH 

  • Clinic Visits.............................2,957
  • In-Patient Treatments.............6,750 
  • Anti-Rabies Injections...............367     
  • Emergency Rescues.................141
  • Dogs Sterilized ...........................70
  • Animal Adoptions........................42
  • Non-dogs Treated......................458                                                                     (Included in "Non Dogs Treated" are 133 cows & calves, 144 goats & sheep, 116 cats, 1 monkeys, 28 birds, 17 rabbits, 2 squirrels, 2 pigs, 1 peacock, 2 parrots, 5 horses, 4 turkeys. 2 ducks.) 

MONTHLY, we are:

  • Treating 800 to 1500 out-patients in the Clinic, most of whom are “owner dogs”.
  • Giving 1800 to 3000 treatments to in-patients, almost all of whom are “homeless dogs”.
  • Going out on 40 to 70 emergency rescues.
  • Doing 20 to 40 sterilizations.
  • Giving 80 to 200 anti-rabies injections.
  • Placing 8 to 20 puppies in good homes.
  • Treating 100 to 200 animals other than dogs

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SUMMARY OF THE SHELTER:

  • We’re known as THE SHELTER WITH HEART. Our dogs and puppies run free and are happy. They’re not just kept in captivity.
  • Our belief is that deep healing only takes place if an animal feels safe, cared for, and loved.
  • They’re cared for by our devoted Staff of 25, plus 2 full-time veterinary doctors, each of whom is a qualified surgeon.
  • We use traditional and alternative medicine, and LOVE to lift suffering from the over 7,000 homeless dogs and thousands of other creatures in need---big, small, wild, domestic, owner, homeless.
  • The core of our Work is demonstrative Love--hugging, touching, stroking, kissing.
  • People experiencing our Shelter for the first time sometimes get teary because they didn’t know a place such as ours existed.

WHEN WE FIRST OPENED IN JANUARY 2007 there were over 7,000 homeless dogs and the stray population was out of control. With no small animal vet within 75 kms, no treatment facility, rabies and widespread abuse, there was unbounded misery. There were 350 suffering and dying animals on the streets—mostly dogs and puppies, but others too (monkeys, cows, squirrels, peacocks, etc.)   IT WAS AWFUL!

BUT USING LOVE, LOVE, AND MORE LOVE, EVERYTHING HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED.

WE HAVE SEVEN MAJOR PROGRAMS:

  • Sterilization/anti-rabies program.
  • A busy Clinic.
  • A busy Hospital.
  • Sanctuary, if a creature cannot make it on its own.
  • Adoption program. We go out up to 100 kms looking for homes for our Precious Ones. Over 1,400 puppies have been placed in good homes.
  • 24/7 emergency rescue. No matter what time, we’ll be there in 20 to 30 minutes. Our doctors are on 24 hour call.
  • Hospice. We are a no-kill shelter.

TODAY IT IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT…The homeless dog population is decreasing for the first time in forty years, AND it is rabies-free. There are no more suffering and dying animals on the streets. There are 10,000 fewer puppies born each year, almost all of whom would have suffered and died. There is no more widespread abuse, and thus very few aggressive dogs, and only a small fraction of dog bites.

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.

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, made at the 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.”

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Sonetimes it's stunning for me to see the stats. But the most important thing is HEART...HEART...HEART. It is really uplifting to experience it inside the Shelter and it feels so good to see, on the streets, how the Precious Ones' lives have changed.

We are grateful the way it has unfolded. We pray--and it is so important to millions of animals across the country--that the knowledge that has been given to us spreads, and that the relationships of the animals with the people they live with every day may be transformed.

When peoples' Hearts have truly opened to the animals, it is so auspicious. For when there's an opening like that in the Heart, it doesn't only open in one direction; it simply opens, and People are nicer to each other, too. It's profoundly there. You can't see it, but it's there. It's simply the nature of the Heart. And the societal implications are immense.

We humans are so complicated. It's so difficult to work with us directly to get us to be nicer to each other. It's so much easier, and more effective, to work on opening our Hearts to the animals, thereby deepening the caring we have for each other. It's a real, effective way of uplifting human communities...Om Namah Shivaya.

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Comments recognizing our Good Work.

****Following is an excerpt from a 2009 public letter of endorsement from the Animal Welfare Board of India who were actively overseeing 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."

****There is, too, a 2010 full letter of appreciation and support from the President of Ramana Maharshi Ashram

****    ----------  Also, GLOBAL GIVING IS OUR CROWDFUNDER ---------

  • They are the largest, most selective, worldwide crowdfunder.
  • They are so selective of which NGO's they accept for listing, that the Income Tax Departments of both the US and the UK accept their standards. (Donations from US citizens are tax deductible in calculating their US income tax. Donations from UK donors qualify for Gift Aid thru which the UK government adds 25 percent to their donations.).
  • They have over 4000 NGO's listed with them.  And they are connected with over 500 corporations as Partners, many of whom are Fortune 500 Companies.

                              WE HAVE BEEN HONORED BY THEM.

                                     Out of the over 4,000 NGO"s

                   IN 2018, THEY NAMED US ONE OF THEIR TOP TEN.

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Here is a recent rescue. (Many of you tell us this is your favorite part.) Because of time and space, I'm only going to write about one. But it is major!

  • Of all the many rescues Vishwa has done, it was the one where I was most concerned about him...really, really concerned. It was truly very dangerous. And, with his beautiful Heart, he simply can't say, "no".
  • He got the call early evening...A 4 1/2 year old, fully-grown bull, had fallen into a 60 foot well. It was 40 kms out.
  • By the time Vishwa got there, it was almost completely dark. The owner and 40 or 50 neighbors had gathered, all with flashlights. They were talking to the bull. Encouraging him. But no one had much hope.
  • There was 15 feet of water, and 45 feet from the water surface to the top of the well. There appeared to be no footholds, so the poor creature had been swimming the entire time and was really tired. (To my mind, there must have been some protruding bricks he could rest his feet on, as I don't see how he could possibly have lasted.}. Let me stress that no one had much hope.
  • Vishwa went down once and called me after coming back up. He said the bull had started to trust him. He and I had an exchange in which I intensely told him my fears...
  • But he went down again, and several people with him. Those above lowered eight heavy ropes that Vishwa was able to get under the bull's belly, and legs.
  • It must be only thru God's protection that Vishwa didn't get gored.
  • I can't even imagine how the actual rescue happened. The eight ropes that Vishwa got under the bull's belly, and leg joints they somehow got up to the people on top; (Or maybe the ropes were so long that they were held from the beginning).
  • It's almost inconceivable that the poor exhausted, frightened creature was able to stay afloat.
  • The neighbors, gathered above, were able to lift the enormous bull to safety..He had been with his owner, who loved him dearly, since birth. The owner just stroked, kissed, and kept talking softly to him, and crying.
  • Some had taken videos and photos. But all came out too dark to see anything.
  • Om Namah Shivaya.

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This brings us to the end of the Report.

Hoping that each of you is doing excellently.

As in previous Reports, I've included a collection of photos. Hope you enjoy them. Remember the dominant 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

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With love, blessings, and wishes for all things good. May we all, each of us, act in a way that emits uplifting, healing energy.

Leslie, the Ageing Expatriate Warrior

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Enjoy. With love from Us and the Precious Ones.
Enjoy. With love from Us and the Precious Ones.
Our beloved Staff...Here for the Precious Ones.
Our beloved Staff...Here for the Precious Ones.
Dr. Raja and his magical hands.
Dr. Raja and his magical hands.
Love is the healing Elixir.
Love is the healing Elixir.
Simply Love.
Simply Love.
But nothing feels safer than Mom.
But nothing feels safer than Mom.
They waited so long to bring this sweetie.
They waited so long to bring this sweetie.
But she's ready to go home, now.
But she's ready to go home, now.
He can heal while at home.
He can heal while at home.
It's important, too, to really like each other.
It's important, too, to really like each other.
Yes...
Yes...
Just sitting.
Just sitting.
PureHeart Sekar soothing him.
PureHeart Sekar soothing him.
I thought the chairs were for us.
I thought the chairs were for us.
Near the entrance.
Near the entrance.
The outer veranda.
The outer veranda.
Alongside the garden,
Alongside the garden,
Part of the outer veranda.
Part of the outer veranda.
The Shelter Puja.
The Shelter Puja.
Honored by Global Giving in 2018--Out of 4000
Honored by Global Giving in 2018--Out of 4000
Dr. Raja on way home after a l-o-o-o-n-g day.
Dr. Raja on way home after a l-o-o-o-n-g day.

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

Dear People....Dear Animal Lovers... Dear Supporters...

From my Heart to your Heart...                                                 Difficult, difficult times for our beloved Planet. May All of Us, no exceptions, be blessed with more compassionate understanding. May we, and all our Dear Ones, be Guided and Protected. May the entire World be immersed in more compassion...and feelings of love...Om Namah Shivaya.

This is a Report about uplifting the quality of life of the homeless dogs and puppies (as many as 7,000)...and about uplifting the Community, itself.

To really uplift the quality of life of the homeless animals, it is critically important to transform the relationship between them and the people amongst whom they live day in, day out. That is, it is necessary to open the Community's Heart to the creatures.

When we first opened in 2007 things were bad: Widespread abuse...beating...throwing stones. Frequent indifference to hunger and suffering, even to puppies. Rabies. No facility for treatment of small animals. No small animal vet within 20 kms. Population out of control. 350 animals sick, injured, or dying on the streets... mostly puppies and dogs, but others too (monkeys, cows, squirrels, peacocks, horses, goats.) It was awful.

This nightmare situation is no more. We facilitate 20 to 40 rescues a month. When an animal is in need, people move to help it, and frequently call us. It is a manifestation of the "transformed relationship" that exists here in Tiru as in very, very few municipalities of this size in all of India. And it gets better and better each year.

Without a deep awareness of two subtle, critical insights, I don't believe we could have brought this transformation about. I'll call the two insights INTERCONNECTEDNESS and THE TEACHABLE MOMENT.

  • INTERCONNECTEDNESS: The awareness of it was given to me by my Teachers - that everything we do ultimately affects everything else. It is easiest to understand in a physical sense. The simplest event,  even a pet hamster calling you over to him, affects everything else you do. From that moment on, you'll physically be in a different place than you would have been. You'll run into different people, see different things, think different thoughts. It's almost mind boggling to see how everything affects everything else.
  • THE TEACHABLE MOMENT: After we'd been open for several months, we noticed that the animals seemed to be much better, even tho' we hadn't seen most of them. It's then that we realized they were better because the people, generally, were being nicer to them. So we focused on "opening the Hearts" of the general population. We tried posters, small pieces on TV and talks. But they didn't make a lot of difference. People seemed to forget about them pretty quickly...Then we noticed that when we tended a suffering animal in a crowded place like a marketplace or a train station, 15 or 20 people would invariably gather around and watch.   They were moved by someone showing kindness to a homeless dog, and they were "moved by seeing"the dog giving love back. They didn't forget that. It was imprinted on their Hearts. We called that the "teachable moment" and realized that there were many teachable moments in the catching of street dogs for sterilization.                                                                                                                                To catch dogs we went into all parts of the Municipality and most people got to see a catch. Our people caught the animals with a lot of love and caring...If they had to chase down a dog, after they caught the dog they would stroke and reassure it that it would be okay...that we were good people...and that we'd bring them back...The people watching were moved by the care and love, and  by the dog responding...Those were "teachable moments" that actually affected their attitude towards the animals....We told our "catchers" that they were being observed, and they should be exceptionally demonstrative. And thru "interconnectedness" the increased kindness spread....Om Namah Shivaya.

In January, former Commissioner Akbar, one of our founding trustees, spent several hours a day with the Supt. of Police, giving him a good sense of how excellent things had become on the Tiru streets, both between the homeless animals and people, and amongst the people themselves. The SP was truly impressed. We're hoping to get some recurring support from the Municipality...Please say a prayer for us!

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Here are some recent Shelter rescues. (Many of you tell us this is your favorite part.)

Three young puppies.

  • Counselor Prakash called Vishwa. A mother dog that had given birth to three puppies, died. The sweeties were only 1 month old... Vishwa brought them to the Shelter, and put them in a contained area for ten days...PureHeart Sekar and Supervisor Raja watched over them, giving them love and affection. They are with the rest of our Precious Ones now...doing beautifully...sleeping together...playing together...and they have bonded with Sekar and Anu. Vishwa will find loving homes for them.

A kitten.

  • Someone called the Shelter around 11am. A tiny kitten had fallen into a drainage ditch for water...Vishwa went out...The kitten was on a dry spot, but a little wet and scared...Pandi and Jayakumar looked after her. She right away started playing and sleeping with the other kittens, and eating well. Vishwa found a good home for her--.a friend of his had come to the Shelter and fallen in love with her.

An older story that really moved me...It's about a pup they named "Leslie".

  • Vishwa got a late-night call from Shakti, the rickshaw driver. He had found a little black puppy lying lifelessly in the gutter...Vishwa went out to get him, and called Dr. Raja who met him at the Shelter.
  • The little guy was 1 1/2 months old, and had a number of external wounds. none super-serious. Worst was a small throat wound that slightly crushed his trachea. The main thing was that he was in deep shock. It appeared he'd been attacked by an adult dog. He hovered between life and death for several hours.
  • Soft chants were playing thru the speaker. Dr. Raja gave him an i.v. with a pain killer, vitamins, nutrition. and a steroid injection for the shock. Vishwa cuddled and kissed him, telling him he loved him, and that he was safe with good people who were going to care for him. Clearly he made it.
  • But...he had terror in his eyes that didn't leave. And he was afraid of everything. For several days we kept him in a basket under the clinic sink. He didn't want anyone to come near him. He'd shrink even if you whispered gently. He huddled into the corner of the basket with his nose ponted towards the wall...If you took him out he'd find some little corner where he could not be seen. 
  • Dr. Raja gave him Bach Flower essences for Fear, and Open to Receive.
  • Then we thought we'd put him in a small protected area with several other puppies. He was terrified there, too, and immediately stuffed himself in a corner. When another puppy approached him to sniff or snuggle, he'd shrivel up. We were afraid he was permanently traumatized.
  • On the fifth or sixth day he rested on a large mattress, against but not facing the wall. A day later his eyes softened a little. And THEN he started looking around...not responding to the "puppy pile" that was cuddled close to him. But still, he was looking around. THEN another major breakthrough. He barked at a puppy to express his dispeasure.
  • After some more days he took a few trots around the pen. And...THEN...I don't know how much time it took...he wagged his tail...and playfully bumped against one of the other puppies.
  • Each day he opened more and more. He never became a John Wayne...but welcome back dear Leslie. We love you.     

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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.

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. 

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With love, blessings, and wishes for all things good...May we All, each of us, act in a way that emits uplifting, healing energy.

Leslie, the Ageing Expatriate Warrior

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Enjoy...With love from Us and the Precious Ones.
Enjoy...With love from Us and the Precious Ones.
Two of the Precious Homeless Ones we protect.
Two of the Precious Homeless Ones we protect.
Love is by far the very best medicine.
Love is by far the very best medicine.
Another sweet Homeless One.
Another sweet Homeless One.
He flew into a power line. But he'll fly again.
He flew into a power line. But he'll fly again.
This is one of the Street Saints who love them.
This is one of the Street Saints who love them.
Our beloved Staff...Here for the Precious Ones.
Our beloved Staff...Here for the Precious Ones.
Drs. Raja and Heera and their magical hands.
Drs. Raja and Heera and their magical hands.
Please Guide Us.
Please Guide Us.
Love is the elixir.
Love is the elixir.
Love heals.
Love heals.
You're in safe hands Little Girl.
You're in safe hands Little Girl.
Well rescue...Sometimes I worry about our guys.
Well rescue...Sometimes I worry about our guys.
Rescues...Your nightmare is over, Dear Ones.
Rescues...Your nightmare is over, Dear Ones.
Old photo...Me and Mooji...Om Naman Shivaya.
Old photo...Me and Mooji...Om Naman Shivaya.
PureHeart Sekar and a Precious One.
PureHeart Sekar and a Precious One.
A young one, healing.
A young one, healing.
Some of the "Guys".
Some of the "Guys".
L, V, and Dr. Raja, again.
L, V, and Dr. Raja, again.
My Baba(Sw.Muktananda) as a young man.
My Baba(Sw.Muktananda) as a young man.
My Baba, some years later.
My Baba, some years later.
The Shelter Puja.
The Shelter Puja.
Honored by Global Giving in 2018..7th out of 4000.
Honored by Global Giving in 2018..7th out of 4000.
Dr. Raja on way home after a l-o-o-o-ng day.
Dr. Raja on way home after a l-o-o-o-ng day.
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Welcome. Welcome..to our beloved Shelter.
Welcome. Welcome..to our beloved Shelter.

Dear Animal Lovers...Dear Supporters...Dear People.

These are such difficult times for our beloved Planet. We are being so critical of each other and the issues are many. Yet no matter what's being debated on the outside, we must uplift our Inner State. It is a time for healing. For lightening.

We must reach inside ourselves. The Light, the Joy, is within us in the form of memories, thoughts, and feelings. This is the time to connect with those "Heart things", thereby uplifting ourselves. When we project this higher energy outwards, it affects those we come in contact with. And they, in turn, pass it on to those they come in contact with. And on and on.

We are all connected and affecting each other.  The awareness of that INTERCONNECTEDNESS was given to me by my teachers - that everything we do ultimately affects everything else. It’s easiest to understand in a physical sense. The simplest event, even a pet hamster squeaking to call you over to him, affects everything else you do. From that moment on, you’ll physically be in a different place than you would have been. You’ll run into different people, see different things, think different thoughts. It’s almost mind boggling to see how everything affects everything else.

Sometimes when I'm walking around, I send "good thought waves" to everyone I see. I don't know if it helps. But there's a part of me that believes it does.

During his lifetime, my Guru would always begin his evening talks with, "I welcome you all with all my Heart. This is my most important practice, welcoming another Being with love."

Most of you know that he told me over thirty years ago that the physician heals with the Heart. That's why the energy suffusing all our Work here is demonstrative love--touching, stroking, reassuring, hugging, and yes, kissing. Our belief is that deep healing will only take place if an animal feels safe, cared for, and loved.

Our Staff has been told how important their work is. It's been made clear to them that it's not just Dr. Raja, Vishwa, or myself who give the animals that love. It is them, the ones who are with the animals continuously, who must give them that love, and it is vital to what we do. They've been told, too, that no one can tell them how to express that love. They have to find the way from their own Hearts. The animals can tell the difference between someone being very, very nice to them and someone who is real and really cares.

This is a special Report. It is deep and raw. Heart is the most important healer, and this Report is about love.

I'll focus on two things: the love that one experiences INSIDE THE SHELTER, and the wonderful transformation that has taken place in the relationship between the animals ON THE STREETS and the people amongst whom they live, day in, day out.

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INSIDE THE SHELTER. It isn't an atmostphere that is contrived, with everyone being "nicey, nice". The relationship between Staff and animals is close and real. Everyone cares for the animals differently according to their own essence. Things ebb and flow quite naturally. The animals experience that, are a part of it, and feel safe and secure. They have choices. They have lives. They're not just in captivity with people "being nice to them".

These creatures - almost all street dogs - are territorial. Most have gone thru some pretty intense experiences and most have known hunger. One would expect all these creatures running free to be in a constant state of conflict with intense encounters and continuous unrest. Anything but What Is. That these freely-roaming creatures should live so comfortably with each other, so affectionately, feeling safe and secure, borders on astounding. That they should share space, people, and food the way they do is miraculous.

We have a devoted Staff of 25, plus three full-time veterinary doctors each of whom is a qualified practicing surgeon. Dr. Raja, the head doctor and our President/Trustee, is believed to be one of the best surgeons within 150 kms. The Government Veterinary Hospital that treats only large animals has him do all their complicated operations. The Forest Department brings all their difficult cases to him. He does long, complicated operations that most other surgeons wouldn’t dream of doing! Vishwa, is the overall Director of Operations, and is sometimes called "The Martian" because he can do things that Earthlings couldn’t do.

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 that field of Grace that everything is unfolding. Often, 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.

It truly is a special shelter…We have 24/7 emergency rescue. If an animal is hurt during the night we will be there in 20 to 30 minutes. The doctors are on 24 hour call. We have students going out up to 100 kms looking for good homes for puppies. Vishwa then goes out to check them. About 40 to 50 percent are good. He then usually places the pups within a week. At this point in time we have placed over 1300 dogs and puppies in good homes. We have lifetime sanctuary for animals that are not strong enough to make it on their own. We have taken in over 6,000 animals thru emergency rescues since opening. 

We will treat any creature in need. We have treated over 7,000 animals other than dogs—cats, over 1,400 cows, monkeys, horses, goats, pigs, peacocks, eagles, birds, snakes, mongooses, reptiles, and others.

The following link will take you to a 3 minute video taken inside the Shelter. (ALERT: TO GET BACK TO THE REPORT AFTER WATCHING THE VIDEO, YOU HAVE TO CLOSE THE LINK!!!!) I rode up on my two wheeler as a lady was taking videos outside the Shelter. I invited her to come in with me to get a good clip inside. This is a copy of what she took. It really shows the "life and love" that I'm talking about.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4on7cvbMhE

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ON THE STREETS. There was so much suffering when we first opened fifteen years ago: over 7,000 homeless dogs, and the stray population was out of control. There was no small animal vet within 75 kms, and no treatment facility. There was rabies, and widespread abuse. There was unbounded misery: around 350 suffering and dying animals on the streets--mostly dogs and puppies, but monkeys, cows, birds, squirrels, peacocks, horses, and goats, too. It was awful!

Gradually, after we'd been open for five or six months, we started noticing that the animals seemed better off even tho' we hadn't seen most of them. And we realized that the community of 170,000, generally, were being nicer to them - and that if we wanted to really uplift their quality of life, this better relationship between the animals and the people had to continue.

So we started focusing on transforming that relationship: giving talks, having spots on TV, signs, ads in newspapers, and so on. But nothing seemed to work. A week after people heard a talk, or saw a video, they pretty much forgot about them.

Then came the illumination. We noticed that when we treated an animal in a crowded place, such as a railway station or market, people would gather around and watch, as many had never seen anyone giving such love to a homeless animal...nor had they seen that love being returned. The difference was, now they saw it with their Hearts...and they didn't forget! It subtly changed their awareness....And so we became aware of the TEACHABLE MOMENT!

There were many Teachable Moments when catching dogs for sterilization. Our people did it with a lot of love. Some dogs were caught just with the promise of good snacks. If a chase ensued, as soon as the dogs were caught they were given a lot of love--stroked, hugged, and told that we were very good people, and that we would bring them back to their familiar place. There was always someone in the van to stay with the dogs and reassure them. So much of the catching in other places is often brutal, and when people see this, it negatively affects the way they treat dogs.

We go into almost all areas to catch dogs for sterilization so almost everyone sees a catching. The tenderness affects them, and they start being more tender with dogs. And that slowly and steadily spreads thru Interconnectedness.

It's no longer awful on the streets. It feels so good to walk around and experience the difference. The Community's Heart has opened to the animals...AND THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO THE WHOLE COMMUNITY--PEOPLE AND ANIMALS. When the Heart opens, it doesn't open in just one direction. When people's Hearts open to the animals, people start being nicer to each other, too. You can't see it, but it's the nature of the Heart, and it's happening.

We humans are such complicated creatures and it's so hard to get us to be nicer to each other directly. This is such a simple way to uplift the entire community: just get it to open their Hearts to the animals.

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RESCUES

Many of you like to hear about our emergency rescues. We have about 10 to 40 a month. Here are some of the more recent ones.

****Mother monkey and her baby: A policewoman from Pradakshina Road called the Shelter about 6pm. A mother monkey had been hit by a vehicle. Ravi went out. The mother was unconsious. The babe, a male about 2 months old, was huddled against her. By the time they got back to the Shelter, the mother had died. Sugana will care for the babe about four months. She has named him Vaaly and he's with her 24 hours a day. She carries him in her sari. He goes home with her, and sleeps with her...well he did for the first seversl weeks. She's now had him two months, and he stays up much of the night and wants to play. He gets milk in small nippled bottles throughout the day. And slowly Sugana added grapes, bananas, and pomegranite seeds, which is his favorite. He's starting to spend several hours a day (increasing) at the shelter in the large monkey cage--He's made friends with another baby monkey and they wrestle, play, and eat together. (Sekar or Raja stayed with him the first month.) He's gradually being introduced to all the other monkeys, and in another two months, he'll be weaned and spend all his  time with the others. If he ends up in a small family group, they'll be released. (We keep track of them to make sure they're doing okay.)

****Baby goat: Vishwa got a 7:30pm call at home from someone he knew. A baby goat had fallen into a 30 foot well about 23 kms out. Vishwa went with the van. There was 4 feet of water, and fortunately a dry plot of land where the babe could stand. Ten people were standing around, three with flashlights. They were calling to her sweetly. She was scared. Vishwa went down on a rope with a cage. The sweetie wasn't afraid of him and knew she was being rescued. She was about three months old. She must have fallen into the water because she had no wounds. He sent her up first. The owner was there. She immediately ran to him.

****The Forest Dept. called the Shelter about 10am.  A young female deer, 2 or 3 years old, had been hit by a vehicle about 25 kms out. She had bad wounds on both back legs, and an injury on her shoulder.  Prem, Dharma, Venkatesh, and Pandi went. She was along the side of the road when they got there. She ran into the forest, and it took 1/2 hour to catch her. They took her to the Shelter. A guy from the Forest Dept. came along. Dr. Raja gave her an i.v., a pain killer, anti-biotics, and cleaned and bandaged the wounds. We kept her four weeks while she healed. Vishwa then called the Forest Dept., and they told him to release her in the nearby forest. He checked back several days later to make sure she was okay. .

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   IF YOU'VE WONDERED WHY YOU HAVEN'T HEARD FROM ME...

I've been flattened by Covid 19 for 5 1/2 months, and fully bedridden.

I HAVEN'T SAT, STOOD OR WALKED THE ENTIRE TIME.

I had no pain, and am cared for beautifully by people who  love me and whom I love--my family, primarily Sugana, Dr. Raja, and Vishwa. (Sugana is here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and Vishwa is here a lot, and always available within a half hour.) Dr. Raja is amazingly handling all the high level stuff.

I've good doctors, and an excellent physical therapist, and I started practicing sitting up for short stints about three weeks ago, and am making steady progress. Within two months I hope to start practing standing...Om Namah Shivaya.

Thank you, thank you, thank you...for the steady support...It was critically important...

The Shelter is going beautifully, totally run by my beloved Dr. Raja and Vishwa.

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 Our stats in the months of July, August, and September were:

  • Clinic Visits...............................  1,592
  • In-patient Treatments................ 8,656
  • Emergency Rescues.................    180
  • Dogs Sterilized.........................     188
  • Anti-rabies Injections................    454
  • Animal Adoptions.....................       20
  • Other Animals Treated..............     196
  • "Other Animals Treated" includes ( 67 cows & calves, 55 goats & sheep, 37 cats, 6 birds, 8 rabbits, 1 parrot, 8 monkeys , 114 horses, 1 eagle,1 owl, 9 chickens, 2 deer, 1 peacock...)                                                                                                                                          
  • Sometimes it's stunning for me to see the stats...But the most important thing is HEART...HEART...HEART. It really is uplifting to experience it inside the Shelter. And it feels so good to see, on the streets, how the Precious Ones' lives have changed and how the whole Municipality has been uplifted.

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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.  

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With love, blessings, and wishes for all things good...May we All, each of us, act in a way that emits uplifting, healing energy.

Leslie, the Ageing Expatriate Warrior

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Enjoy...With love from Us and the Precious Ones.
Enjoy...With love from Us and the Precious Ones.
Two of the Precious Homeless Ones we protect.
Two of the Precious Homeless Ones we protect.
And six more.
And six more.
Yet, another.
Yet, another.
Our beloved Staff...Here for the Precious Ones/
Our beloved Staff...Here for the Precious Ones/
Drs. Raja and Heera and their magical hands.
Drs. Raja and Heera and their magical hands.
PureHeart Sekar and Sivagami-what a blessing.
PureHeart Sekar and Sivagami-what a blessing.
It's important to like each other.
It's important to like each other.
Family.
Family.
Sw. Muktananda..Head of Ananda Ashram in Kerala.
Sw. Muktananda..Head of Ananda Ashram in Kerala.
Well rescue...Sometimes I worry about our guys.
Well rescue...Sometimes I worry about our guys.
The Quter Veranda.
The Quter Veranda.
Outer Veranda.
Outer Veranda.
I thought the extra chairs were for us..
I thought the extra chairs were for us..
Now that is what I really call snuggling.
Now that is what I really call snuggling.
Some photos don't need words.
Some photos don't need words.
Here are some sweeties.
Here are some sweeties.
You can tell by the eyes if they're happy.
You can tell by the eyes if they're happy.
Doing puja on our anniversary.
Doing puja on our anniversary.
My Baba(Sw.Muktananda) as a young man.
My Baba(Sw.Muktananda) as a young man.
My Baba some years later.
My Baba some years later.
The Shelter puja.
The Shelter puja.
Honored by Global Giving in 2018..7th out of 4000.
Honored by Global Giving in 2018..7th out of 4000.
Dr. Raja on way home after a l-o-o-o-o-ng day.
Dr. Raja on way home after a l-o-o-o-o-ng day.

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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 Innermost Selves.

My Guru...my teacher...many, many years ago during his lifetime, would give a short teaching each night. Many people would come. And he'd always begin with, "I welcome you All with all my Heart. This is my  most important Practice...Welcoming another Being with love."

I'm really old now. This is my last lap. And what a blessing it has been for me.  It isn't often in one's life that they get a chance to be involved in something that lifts so much suffering. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

These are such extraordinarily intense times...But there  appears to be some Light...a softening...a subtle increase in compassionate energy...May we, and all our Dear Ones, be Guided and Protected.

This is a very special Report about a major rescue effort we made to lift suffering from 20 precious dogs...a Report in which we put forth focused effort with Pure Motivation to "lighten the load," to infuse Light, Joy, and Hope. This is a Report about Heart and its healing power.

It's late evening here as I write. My dogs are quiet and resting on their pillows. My cats are probably curled up somewhere. The overhead fan is whirring. And you can feel the approaching  Hot Season.

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Every once in a while we get involved in something that requires unbounded effort, and lifts an incredible amount of suffering from the animals. These last two months one of those special things happened. As I saw it unfolding, I realized how exceptional, love-filled and powerful it was. And I was so pleased with My People.

This outstanding rescue effort was made on behalf of an "unauthorized shelter" in Pondicherry run by a lady named Helen Chitra. It involved two distinct major rescue efforts.

  • One involved her shelter being overrun by ticks.
  • The other, and by far the greater effort, involved rescuing her dogs and puppies that were in imminent danger of drowning due to flooding caused by cyclone Nivar.
  • Each involved a deep, deep total effort.

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TICKS:

Wed. Nov.18th.  We received a call from Helen.

  • She was frantically distressed, and said her shelter was overrun by tens of thousands of ticks, and that no one would help her.
  • She asked that we permanently take her dogs - 20 dogs/4 puppies. I told her we couldn't do that, but that we could swiftly help her resolve the problem.
  • She told me she wanted me to take them, and then commit suicide. Alarmed, I told her I would call back in ten minutes.
  • I had hurried discussions with Dr. Raja and Vishwa. Compounding the problem was that her shelter was 2 to 2 1/2 hours away by car. But we were able to craft a plan.
  • I called her back and told her:
  • (A) Dr. Raja was ordering a costly "cutting edge" medicine  (13,000 rupees--we'd pay) in Chennai that she'd receive in two days (Fri.Nov.20th). It was a very advanced medicine. One dose in pill form for each dog and puppy would magically take care of all the ticks on the animals. No medicated baths were required.
  • (B) The decontamination of her shelter was more complicated. Two were needed, each requiring a flame gun, a special solution, a spray, and several staff. But they would definitively resolve the situation. And she needn't do anything. Vishwa would come with Staff, equipment, and supplies to do it.
  • (C) Dr. Raja also called, and told her tick fever was not life-threatening, and highly treatable. He told her to give all the dogs Doxycycline pills daily. It would be a treatment for those having tick fever, and operate as a prophylactic for those not having it.

Mon.Nov.23rd. Vishwa did the first decontamination. With two staff, he left Tiru at 7am. They arrived at Helen's shelter at 9:30am. It took 6 hours (9:30am to 3:30pm) to decontaminate. (Vishwa confirmed there were tens of thousands of ticks.)

The second and final decontamination that would totally resolve the situation was set for Fri.Nov.27th.

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BUT!!!!!!         

On Thurs. Nov.26th, the day before Vishwa was to do the final decontamination, desperate for help, Helen called at 4pm, and told us......CYCLONE NIVAR HAD CAUSED FLOODING IN HER SHELTER OF UP TO 5 FEET.....ONE DOG HAD ALREADY DROWNED, AND THE OTHERS WERE THREATENED.

  • Time was incredibly short. She called at the last-minute, and it was already late in the day. Vishwa, however, was able to get five Staff who could work throughout the night. And with the large ambulance and a car, they left Tiru before 5pm. But they still didn't get there until after nightfall.
  • It took 2 1/2 hours...in the darkness...wading thru two to five feet of water to rescue the terrified creatures, and get them loaded into the vehicles. But they managed to save all twenty! Bless you Vishwa...Bless you Dear Ones...Om Namah Shivaya!
  • They didn't get back to Tiru until midnight. Everyone was exhausted. And no one realized the terrible condition the Precious Ones were in until they were unloaded in our Shelter.
  • Their ribs were protruding. Their stomachs were sunken in. And they were emotionally broken. It was clear they had been suffering deeply for a long time.
  • Five of our Staff stayed with them throughout the night...nursing them...feeding them. Loving them. Talking to them.

Dr. Raja gave them thorough examinations in the morning. All, without exception, were very, very weak. Several were in life-threatening condition. A number had tick fever.

We put two caretakers on them around the clock...our very best. Stroking. Loving. Kissing. Feeding. Reassuring.

We also prepared a special area for the poor babes within our compound walls while they healed. It was separate from the main Shelter and consisted of two large adjacent retaining cages, 15 by 20 feet--one for the 5 younger dogs(puppies); the other for the 10 adult dogs. And there were two aggressive dogs that were cared for separately. (We initially had 20 dogs, but we lost three in the first week. One pup was attacked by an older dot, and two basically died thru weakness. We simply weren't able to save them.) We also had an area outside the cages in which they could run around and lounge.

Food:

Food was initially available 24 hours a day. Special food: eggs, milk, fruit, Pedigree, dal, and a multi-vitamin syrup. We included a strong ayurvedic immune system booster in their food, and a homeopathic Bach Flower remedy in their water that works directly in healing the emotions. There was also an ayurvedic potion in the food that heals the emotions.

Our dogs are fed twice daily. After the point where their weight and energy were fully restored, and they did only little nibbling throughout the day, the new dogs were moved to that schedule.

They healed and did beautifully. Their healing and recovery in our care was stunning. It shows the Power of Love. We wanted to keep them. But Maneka Gandhi, one of the most influential and best-known animal activists insisted on them being returned to Helen, and she has taken full responsibility for overseeing their care.

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Each of the below links will take you to a short video...(ALERT: TO GET BACK TO THE REPORT AFTER WATCHING A VIDEO, YOU HAVE TO CLOSE THE LINK!!!!) One video was taken the first night and shows the condition of the Precious Ones when they were rescued. The other was taken after they had been in our care for six weeks. The improvement is truly stunning. They don't even look like the same dogs. (The second video will lift your Hearts!)

https://youtu.be/_sxazzwd_Wo

https://youtu.be/yus9Uz1dxMM

May they, going forward, be loved and well taken care of...May they have beautiful lives...Please...Say a prayer for them...Om Namah Shivaya.

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Many of you most enjoy the short rescue stories I write about. Here are some recent ones that our beloved Vishwa has just given me.

  • We got a 5pm call from the bus station. A monkey had gotten an electric shock and couldn't move. Pandi and Dharma went out. The poor babe was unconscious on the side of the road opposite the bus station. He was a 6yr.old male. They bought him in. Dr. Raja gave him an i.v., a painkiller and antibiotics, and treated the burn wounds on his legs and arms. In about two hours he started gaining consciousness. It was about 8pm and Ravi, on the nightshift, lovingly took over. He put him in a small, padded cage in isolation, and gave him little chunks of apples, bananas, and grapes, gently stroking, and reassuring him. After two days our new monkey was moved into the large monkey cage upstairs. He made friends with a female monkey, and they would sit together, touching a little. After three weeks they were released together on Pradakshina Road, a really lovely area. They were very, very happy to be free, and immediately ran together into the forest...Om Namah Shivaya...Be happy, Precious Ones.
  • An 11am call from the railway station. A young, small dog had been attacked by several other dogs. She was hurt. Dharma and Prem went out. The sweetie was a female, about 2 years old. She had deep bite wounds on her neck and back, and was not able to move. She knew she was being rescued and was very glad to see Dharma and Prem. They took her to the Shelter.  Dr. Raja gave her an i.v. with a painkiller and antibiotics. He also started a regimen of anti-rabies vaccine, and treated her wounds. She was put under the loving care of Purehearts Sekar and Supervisor Raja. She bonded with them right away. (Who wouldn't?) There were three other dogs who affectionately accepted her straight away. They lay next to each other and played, some, throughout the day. At the writing of this Report, we've had her for a month, and she's now on the veranda playing a lot. Vishwa will first try to release her into her territory. If she doesn't do well, she's white and very beautiful, and he'll find a good home for her.

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The feeling inside the Shelter is simply uplifting. It is not something that can be contrived. It just is. The Precious Ones feel safe, content, and are happy. The Staff are connected with each other through the Heart. Visiting animal lovers are deeply moved...We are so, so pleased the way everything has unfolded.

The relationship between the people and the homeless animals on the streets is now also very good. It was awful when we first opened in 2007. There were 350 suffering and dying animals on the streets...unbounded suffering... widespread abuse. This is no more. We have 40 to 80 emergency rescues a month. When an animal is in need,  people move to help them and call us.

The Peoples' Hearts have truly opened to the animals. And this is so auspicious! When the Heart opens, it doesn't only open in one direction. It simply opens, and people are nicer to each other, too. It's profoundly there. You can't see it, but it's there. The societal implications for this are immense...

We humans are so complicated. It's so difficult to work with us directly to get us to be nicer to each other. It's so much easier, and more effective, to work on opening our Hearts to the animals, and thereby deepening the compassion we have for each other. It's a real, effective way, of uplifting communities...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 in these most difficult of times.

As in previous Reports, I've included a collection of photos. Hope you enjoy them. The overall theme is love.

ALSO...At the beginning, I've included several photos of Helen's dogs so you can see the power of loving care in uplifting them. Two of the photos were taken the first night they were rescued. And two of the photos were taken after they had been in our care for six weeks.

Say a prayer for us All...For our beloved World...That we be healed...That we be Blessed, Guided, and Protected.

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PLEASE...REMEMBER...DONATIONS!

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

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

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

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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

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Shanti...Shanti...Shanti...
Shanti...Shanti...Shanti...
Helen's dogs...The first night.
Helen's dogs...The first night.
Helen's dogs--After being in our care six weeks.
Helen's dogs--After being in our care six weeks.
Helen's dogs--After being with us six weeks.
Helen's dogs--After being with us six weeks.
Blessings...Blessings...Blessings.
Blessings...Blessings...Blessings.
Enjoy...With love from Us and the Precious Ones.
Enjoy...With love from Us and the Precious Ones.
Some of the Precious Homeless Ones we protect.
Some of the Precious Homeless Ones we protect.
Two more of the Homeless Sweeties we protect.
Two more of the Homeless Sweeties we protect.
Yet, three more.
Yet, three more.
Some beloved Protectors.
Some beloved Protectors.
And some more Protectors...
And some more Protectors...
Dr.Raja, Dr.Heera and their magical, gentle hands.
Dr.Raja, Dr.Heera and their magical, gentle hands.
Loving and touching is so...so important.
Loving and touching is so...so important.
Every little thing, every little gesture...Helps!
Every little thing, every little gesture...Helps!
PureHeart Sekar...What a blessing he is.
PureHeart Sekar...What a blessing he is.
Sugana is their Mother.
Sugana is their Mother.
They love touching each other...
They love touching each other...
Touching.
Touching.
Touching
Touching
Touching!
Touching!
It's so nice to be greeted beautifully.
It's so nice to be greeted beautifully.
Yes.
Yes.
Isn't she a beauty?
Isn't she a beauty?
And him, too.
And him, too.
This sweetheart fell in a well.
This sweetheart fell in a well.
Vishwa on a well rescue.
Vishwa on a well rescue.
Free!!!
Free!!!
Our beloved Shelter.
Our beloved Shelter.
Another shot of our beloved Shelter.
Another shot of our beloved Shelter.
Om Namah Shivaya.
Om Namah Shivaya.
Om Namah Shivaya.
Om Namah Shivaya.
Swamis Muktananda and Satchidananda.
Swamis Muktananda and Satchidananda.
Swami Muktananda.
Swami Muktananda.
Swami Satchidananda.
Swami Satchidananda.
My Baba (Swami Muktananda) and Hari Giri Baba.
My Baba (Swami Muktananda) and Hari Giri Baba.
My Baba's guru (Swami Nityananda) as a young man.
My Baba's guru (Swami Nityananda) as a young man.
My Baba, and his Guru.
My Baba, and his Guru.
Swami Yogananda and his Guru, Sri Yukteswar.
Swami Yogananda and his Guru, Sri Yukteswar.
One of my main teachers, Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche.
One of my main teachers, Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche.
Honored by Global Giving in 2018--7th out of 4000.
Honored by Global Giving in 2018--7th out of 4000.
Dr. Raja on way home.
Dr. Raja on way home.
After a l--o--n--g day.
After a l--o--n--g day.

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

Dear People... Dear Animal Lovers... Dear Supporters...

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

Such incredibly intense times...May All of Us, no exceptions, be blessed with more compassionate understanding. May we, and all our Dear Ones, be Guided and Protected.

This is a Report about lifting suffering...about infusing Light, Joy, and a sense of Well-being into the Community. This is a Report about Heart. About its healing power.

It's afternoon here as I write. I'm in a lovely, lovely restaurant called the Dreaming Tree. It's not very far from our beloved Shelter. Most at the Shelter are now at lunch...Vishwa, Dr. Raja, Dr. Ramakrishna, Dr. Heera, Supervisor Raja, Our devoted Staff... And dear, dear Sugana.

The doctors will be back for our afternoon Clinic. We, all of us, understand the admonition given to me by my Guru many, many years ago..."that the physician heals with the Heart". So love, tenderness, and caring infuses the treatment of all the creatures brought to us. As a doctor is treating one of our Precious Creatures, there is also a Staff person present--touching, stroking, reassuring--just to help the creature feel safe. Without the quiet "love/caring" emitted by the doctor...and the reassurance and touching by the Staff...it can be very scary. Being bathed in that energy helps open the creature's body and Heart to the examination and treatment.

There was so much suffering when we first opened fifteen years ago: Over 7,000 homeless dogs. The stray population was out of control. There was no small animal vet within 75 kms. No treatment facility. Rabies. And widespread abuse... There was unbounded misery: 350 suffering and dying animals on the streets--mostly dogs and puppies, but others too (monkeys, cows, squirrels, peacocks, horses, goats...) It was awful!

But using love, love, and more love...everything has been transformed. We have seven major programs:

  • A sterilization/anti-rabies program. (We do 75 to 125 operations a month.)
  • A busy, busy Clinic. (We have 400 to 800 visits every month.)
  • A hospital.
  • Sanctuary. If a creature cannot make it on its own. (Between the hospital and sanctuary, we have from 200 to 250 creatures in-house at any one time.)
  • Adoption program. We have trained students going out up to 100 kms looking for homes for our Precious Ones... We have placed over 1,300 puppies in good homes.
  • 24/7 emergency rescue. No matter what time, if it's in town we'll be there in 20 to 30 minutes. Sometimes it involves a creature in distress that is 100 to 150 kms out. Our doctors are on 24-hour call. And we have 40 to 80 creatures coming to us a month thru emergencies.
  • Hospice. We are a "no-kill" shelter. If an animal is on the last stretch, we give love, caring, stroking, and protection from pain...They are snuggled by puppies. Kept company by dogs lying alongside. And chants are playing continuously... They are put on a Tibetan Buddhist Red Tara prayer list when they pass. Protective and guiding energy is sent to them for 49 days. Red Tara is the Tibetan Buddhist Goddess of Compassion...Om Namah Shivaya.

Today it is differentThe homeless dog population is decreasing for the first time in forty years, AND it is rabies-free. There are no more suffering and dying animals on the streets. There are 10,000 fewer puppies born each year, almost all of whom would have suffered and died. There is no more widespread abuse, and thus few aggressive dogs, and only a small fraction of dog bites.

The Community's Heart has opened to the Precious Ones. The relationship between them and the people with whom they live day in, day out, has profoundly transformed. And that is the way to truly uplift the quality of their lives...You can experience it as you walk on the street...AND, it gets better and better every year. I think that there is no other community of size in the Nation where the relationship between the animals and the people is so good. Om Namah Shivaya.

When I'm speaking to the Staff, I tell them how important our Work is. How our efforts have not only affected the animal population, but the human population too... For when the Heart opens, it doesn't only open in "one direction", it simply opens more. And tho' you can't see it, people are being nicer to each other, also.

This is a way of uplifting a whole community. It's so difficult to deal directly with us humans to get us to be nicer to one another. We're so complicated. It's so much easier to get us to open our Hearts to the animals, and thru that, to be kinder to each other...Om Namah Shivaya.

Compassion isn't as elusive as we think. The Tibetan Buddhists have practices to deepen one's compassion. When I was first exposed to them, I thought they just wouldn't do anything. My feeling was that one is either compassionate, or not compassionate. But the practices actually worked, and they did deepen my compassion... I remember speaking to one of our doctors a number of years ago whom I felt could benefit. I told him/her to act as tho' they had a lot of compassion for the animal (and for the people), and that in doing this compassion would come... People exposed to people who are moving compassionately are moved by it. It reaches their Hearts, and affects the way they are. We all affect one another...thru interconnectedness.

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I worry about Vishwa sometimes. He puts in unbounded effort, even when he's depleted. It's not unusual for him to go 100 kms at 2am to rescue a baby monkey at the side of the road, or to descend into a 60 foot well in the middle of night to rescue a creature that is trapped and injured.

Here are some recent happenings which many of you tell us you really like.

The first is the story of the rescue of a baby goat that deeply moved me. I want to share it with you in more detail than usual.

  • It was 6pm, getting dark, and Vishwa was 25 kms out, returning from just placing a puppy in his new adopted home. He passed a baby goat lying lifelessly on the side of the road. He stopped the car to bury him, but when he got close, saw there was a shallow breath. The creature's stomach was sunken in and he was starving. The poor babe was only 1 1/2 months old.
  • Vishwa gently stroked, kissed, and whispered to him as he picked him up. He took him to his house and snuggled him on his lap as he gave him a 100 ml nippled bottle of "room temperature boiled milk". The poor sweetie wasn't afraid and started drinking right away. He was too weak to move at the beginning, but enough energy remained to really drink...and he finished three bottles. After the milk, he was able to pick up his head and nestle into Vishwa's tummy.
  • Vishwa called Dr. Raja at the Shelter, who sent some pills for the babe, I think primarily for energy and deworming. (The following morning, he had a full blood panel done.)
  • Vishwa spread a padded bedsheet on the floor and lay down next to the little one and the two cuddled together with Vishwa's arm around him. About 9:30 or 10pm the sweetie took two more bottles of milk. Vishwa slept with him throughout the night. Whenever the babe woke up Vishwa would stroke him and softly whisper, "You're safe, sweetie. Don't worry. I'm going to take care of you...and you're not going to die."
  • Vishwa had two other goats about the same age--a boy and a girl. Now, in the mornings, the three of them go out foraging...and when they come back, they steal Google's food. (Google is Vishwa's giant bull that he rescued a year ago.) But Google loves them, and lets them do it. Sometimes they play by running under and around him.
  • In another two or three months, Vishwa will find a good home for them where they will live out a natural life. 
  • Om Namah Shivaya.

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  • We got a 5:30pm call from one of the "adoption guys". There was a dog with a ten inch wound on his back that had become infested with thousands of maggots. It smelled awful. Vishwa and Arunagiri went in the car. The dog was fast, and it took a half hour to catch him. Dr. Raja gave him a painkiller, and anti-biotic injections. It took him three days to completely clean the maggot wound. This boy has been with us for two weeks at the writing of this note. He's in cage 4, convalescing. His energy is good. Pandi has been treating and feeding him, and the babe has come to love him. He'll be released back into his territory soon. It's a good area...Om Namah Shivaya.

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  • Noon call from the railway station. A dog hit by a two-wheeler. Pandi and Seenu went out. The poor babe was only two years old. She had a seriously mangled back leg. She also had a bad spinal wound. Dr. Raja operated. He couldn't save the leg, but she still had feelings in her back behind the spinal wound. So they were able to bring her all the way back. After a week she started to stand, and then in a few more days, started walking... She made two dog friends on the veranda. They sleep and eat together, wander and play together. And they lay side by side. They mostly like our old office room which is almost like a closet. Sekar, Supervisor Raja, and Anu all bonded with them. (Anu secretly gets special food for them--boiled eggs and gravy. She thinks no one knows.) They'll have a good life. Om Namah Shivaya.

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It feels so good inside our beloved Shelter. It's not something that can be arranged or structured thru practices, schedules, rules, and so on...

It isn't an atmostphere that is contrived, with everyone being "nicey, nice"...The relationships between the Staff and with those overseeing things is close and real. The animals are cared for in real ways. Everyone does it differently, according to their own essence. They aren't doing it as they were told to do it. It's REAL, and the animals know that, are a part of it, and feel safe and secure. They have choices. They have lives. They're not just in captivity with people "being nice to them"... You really have to experience it. I've mentioned to you that sometimes animal lovers coming for the first time get teary because they didn't know a place such as ours existed.

What a blessing this has been for me. Rarely, in life, do you have a chance to be involved in something that lifts so much suffering.

Dr. Raja...Vishwa...Such incredible Beings sent to do this Work... (In another Report I'll talk about Dr. Raja. Thousands of people love that man. Sometimes, joking around, I look at him, shake my head, and say I don't understand it.) But the two of them, who were my students for the first 7 or 8 years, are no longer my students. They are running the Shelter...and have taken it beyond where I could have gotten it, even in my prime... As you might expect, sometimes I feel inadequate!!! Om Namah Shivaya.

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Our stats since opening in 2007 to the present are:

  • Clinic Visits...............................  64,454
  • In-patient Treatments................185,336
  • Emergency Rescues.................    7,105
  • Dogs Sterilized.........................    8,320
  • Anti-rabies Injections................  18,354
  • Animal Adoptions.....................    1,277
  • Other Animals Treated..............    6,895
  • "Other Animals Treated" includes: (2,064 cow & calves,1,805 goats/sheep,1,129 cats,1,064 birds, 234 rabbits, 233 monkeys / 114 horses/pigs/squirrels/peacocks/eagles/parrots/bullocks/deer / snakes/turkeys/ducks/chickens/mongoose/chameleons/turtles)

Sometimes it's stunning for me to see the stats...But the most important thing is HEART...HEART...HEART. It really is uplifting to experience it inside the Shelter, and it feels so good to see, on the streets, how the Precious Ones' lives have changed.

We are so grateful the way it has unfolded...We pray, and it is so important to millions of animals across the country...that the knowledge that has been given to us spreads...and that their relationships with the people they live with, day in, day out, may be transformed.

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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. Let us remember, it's important for us to connect with the Light inside. And equally important to put that energy into the World.

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.

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

Say a prayer for us All...For our beloved World...That we be healed...That we be Blessed, Guided, and Protected.

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PLEASE...REMEMBER...DONATIONS.

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

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

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

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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

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Enjoy....With love from Us and the Precious Ones.
Enjoy....With love from Us and the Precious Ones.
Three of the Precious homeless dogs we protect.
Three of the Precious homeless dogs we protect.
Yet, another two.
Yet, another two.
And four more.
And four more.
Some beloved Protectors.
Some beloved Protectors.
Dr.Raja, Dr.Heera and their magical,gentle hands.
Dr.Raja, Dr.Heera and their magical,gentle hands.
Dr.Raja and Dr.Ramakrishna.
Dr.Raja and Dr.Ramakrishna.
They simply love Vishwa.
They simply love Vishwa.
Loving and touching is so...so important.
Loving and touching is so...so important.
She feels so alone...but safe, now.
She feels so alone...but safe, now.
I thought we bought these chairs  for people.
I thought we bought these chairs for people.
He's feeling food. You can tell by the eyes.
He's feeling food. You can tell by the eyes.
Nothing too grand for a princess.
Nothing too grand for a princess.
They told me I'd be beautiful again.
They told me I'd be beautiful again.
Best friends.
Best friends.
We really like photos.
We really like photos.
They add shakti and warmth.
They add shakti and warmth.
Another view of the Shelter.
Another view of the Shelter.
And I love this shot.
And I love this shot.
Sometimes there are no words for scenes like this.
Sometimes there are no words for scenes like this.
Well rescue. I sometimes worry about our Staff.
Well rescue. I sometimes worry about our Staff.
Vishwa on a rescue.
Vishwa on a rescue.
Dr. Raja on emergency call.
Dr. Raja on emergency call.
Anjali, sweetie, before treatment.
Anjali, sweetie, before treatment.
Anjali, three months later.
Anjali, three months later.
Poor Satya babe when he came in.
Poor Satya babe when he came in.
Dear Satya, several months later.
Dear Satya, several months later.
His dog was fine...But he was suffering.
His dog was fine...But he was suffering.
The most moving adoption poster I've ever seen.
The most moving adoption poster I've ever seen.
So-so beautiful.
So-so beautiful.
Another beauty.
Another beauty.
Sacred Arunachala. Worshipped for 1000's of years.
Sacred Arunachala. Worshipped for 1000's of years.
Our Shelter puja...
Our Shelter puja...
My Baba (Swami Muktananda) as a young man.
My Baba (Swami Muktananda) as a young man.
Again...My beloved Guru...Baba Muktananda.
Again...My beloved Guru...Baba Muktananda.
Dr. Raja, Leslie, and Vishwa...Blessings.
Dr. Raja, Leslie, and Vishwa...Blessings.
Honored by Global Giving in 2018--7th out of 4000.
Honored by Global Giving in 2018--7th out of 4000.
Dr. Raja on way home...
Dr. Raja on way home...
After a l--o--n--g day.
After a l--o--n--g day.

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Arunachala Animal Sanctuary & Rescue Shelter

Location: Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu - India
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Leslie Robinson
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