Miriam Weidner Joins Dharamsala Animal Rescue Board on National Rescue Dog Day

Encinitas, California, May 20th, 2023 – Dharamsala Animal Rescue (DAR), a non-profit organization committed to ending the human/street dog conflict in the Dharamsala, H.P. India, is pleased to announce the appointment of Miriam Weidner to its Board of Directors. As a seasoned marketing leader with a passion for animal welfare, Weidner will play a pivotal role in guiding the organization’s marketing strategy to improve the welfare of Dharamsala’s dogs and people.

“We are thrilled to welcome Miriam to our board,” said Deb Jarrett, Founder and DAR Executive Director. “Her extensive experience in global marketing and her deep love for rescue dogs make her an ideal addition to our team. We are confident that her insights and expertise will help us move our mission forward.”

Weidner brings over 20 years’ experience developing and executing successful global marketing campaigns at companies including Kofax, Oracle, and Salesforce. Her expertise includes strategic brand management, integrated marketing, and go-to-market analysis.

Miriam Weidner

Miram and Millie

I’ve had a front row seat to DAR’s positive impacts from the very beginning,  In 2020, I had the chance to visit the clinic in Dharamsala and was even more impressed. I’m inspired by the dedication Deb and her team show for animal welfare across India and it’s an honor to join the DAR Board,” said Weidner. “All animals deserve kindness and care. Every part of the community improves when people keep animals safe. I look forward to working with the team to raise awareness and drive vital funding for work in the field.”



India’s street dog population is estimated to be 62 million and accounts for the highest number of human deaths by rabies in the world – approximately 1 person every 30 minutes – creating a community of conflict between humans and dogs. Dharamsala Animal Rescue’s mission is to end this conflict . By providing several key programs: rabies vaccination, spay/neuter, street animal rescue, street animal feeding, local adoption, and community education, DAR hopes for a better future for both animals and humans. 

Founded in 2008,  DAR received the World Rabies Day 2019 Asia Award and the Animal Welfare Champion Award by World Rabies Day in 2021, and has been a recipient of the SPCA International’s Shelter Support Fund since 2015.