03 August 2011

Event planned to benefit work to save animals poisoned in India due to rabies fears

Did you know that every year in India 20,000 - 40,000 people die from rabies? Due to these extreme numbers, and the fact that no national rabies program is in place, the Indian government issued a mass poisoning of the street animals in an attempt to rid their neighborhoods of disease and fear. Hundreds of animals were fed poison and left to die torturous deaths in the middle of busy streets, with no one able to help, until Arvind stepped in.

Mr. Arvind Sharma witnessed first hand the agony of the animals who had been poisoned, and immediately put his compassion into action by founding the Himalayan Nature Society. Deb Jarrett, an American woman who had travelled to Dharamsala to work as a teacher, also experienced the hopelessness of the street animals, and after having been introduced to Arvind and his mission, she founded the Dharamsala Animal Rescue, which aims to spread awareness and raise funds to help Arvind continue his work throughout Northern India.

To date, they have implemented humane sterilization of the street dogs, as well as vaccination protocols. They have built an ever-growing and expanding sanctuary where the animals who are too old, sick or badly injured and cannot be returned to the streets, can live out their lives in peace. And perhaps most crucially, they have worked to implement humane education in schools and with the locals, many of whom have chosen to vaccinate their own house pets and come together to help and care for the overwhelming population of street animals. They are in short, my heroes.

I am so grateful and excited to be able to announce that we will be joining forces with Jivamukti Yoga teachers, Lisa Dawn and Paul Angerame at their lovely studio in Northport, NY; Project: Yoga, to give back to these people who give so much.

On Saturday, October 1st from 4:00 - 6:00PM we will come together in action, thought and deed for the animals and people of Dharamsala, India.

All proceeds will benefit Dharamsala Animal Rescue, http://www.dharamsalaanimalrescue.org and the Himalayan Nature Society http://www.hnsindia.org.

Mother Teresa said, "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." This is what we hope this event will accomplish. It is after all, the very essence of yoga and spiritual activism.

Space is limited! Don't miss out. Please call or email to register, and bring your friends and family. What better reason to come together than one that will aid countless beings who are suffering?

We hope to see you soon. And as always, if you can't make it to an event but would like to donate, please do. See our Contributions/Donations Page and offer what you can. A little goes a very long way in India. Every cent counts.

So, take some time today to look around and smile in gratitude for the life with which you have been blessed. Remember those who are less fortunate, and let your choices be driven from compassion and kindness, so that others may know a sense of the peace to which we are so accustomed.



Erica Settino
Erica Settino is the co-founder and executive director of the non-profit organization, Karuna For Animals: Compassion In Action, Inc. A long time vegetarian turned passionate vegan, she works tirelessly to educate others on the countless benefits of adopting a vegan diet. For more information about Erica and her work visit karunaforanimals.com.

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