Sponsor an Indian Dog

and get a friend for life

Why Sponsor?

Dharamsala Animal Rescue assists approximately 2,000 animals per year to keep the population of strays healthy and community of Dharamsala free of rabies. Some dogs cannot be put back out on the street and do not get adopted, therefore we need to give them a forever home with DAR. We need your help to ensure we have enough funds to make their lives matter.

You can sponsor for $19/month or 650rs/month. And you can get a best friend for life, receiving updates 2 times a year on how your pal is doing. What could be better than that?

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Meet Bonnie

Story: He (yes he) was initially rescued during the 2020 lockdown because of his severe eye injury. We think it was caused by someone throwing stones. Once recovered, his caretaker wanted him back, but then he was hit by a car which left him with paralyzed hind limbs.

Personality: Bonnie was a little shy at first and was not very enthusiastic about anyone touching him but he is getting used to being around humans and is slowly accepting pets and love from us.

Meet Coconut

Story: Coconut came to DAR after being struck by a car. She was too scrawny and weak to perform the needed hind leg amputation when she arrived. Unfortunately, infection set in and we had to amputate it immediately. She had a long recovery but is now is a fit and healthy girl.

Personality: Raring to go… on three legs. Coconut is a NUT! After her rough start you would never imagine that she was the one growling and howling at the gate everyday to be the first one let out for her daily hike. She loves hiking and playing with the other dogs, and getting dirty. She does not seem too concerned about keeping her white coat clean, as long as she is having fun.

Coconut is also up for adoption! Learn more here. 

Meet Cookie

Story: Cookie, along with his sister, was found on the streets as a puppy. They were weak and malnourished, just like many street dogs. Sadly, Cookie’s sister did not survive, however, Cookie is a fighter and did survive the accident, but had to have his front leg amputated.

Personality: Pack Professor Cookie is the leader of the DAR gang. He teaches the newcomers the ropes on how to act at the shelter and teaches them how to do certain things. He takes care of his great following very well and imparts all the knowledge he has. “Look, you’re in my territory. Do as I say, and I will take care of you.”

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Meet Dorjee

Story: Luckily for Dorjee, someone saw him lying on the road, bleeding and in pain, after being hit by a car. He was 6 weeks old. We could not save his leg, but he adapted very quickly to his new life as a tripod.

Personality: Dorjee was terrified of humans when he first got to DAR. He was so teeny tiny but growled at anyone who got hear him. He also tried to run away a couple of times. After his amputation and lots of good care, Dorjee is now a DAR star. You can find him playing with other pups, and even letting all of the new pups lay on top of him as if telling them, “Don’t worry, you will be okay, I am here for you.”

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Meet Gujiya

Story: Gujiya (Indian Dessert) unfortunately, was run over by a car which completely paralyzed her hind limbs. With the help of medical attention and physiotherapy, she’s now able to stand and walk a little on all fours. Because of her condition, Gujiya can not be left on the streets.

Personality: If you meet Gujiya, you’ll see her name does her justice. She’s a beautiful dog, exceptionally sweet and full of life! Her charming personality always wins over our new rescues.

Meet Life

Story: Life has been rescued by us a number of times because his skin problem cannot withstand the rough conditions of the street. He leaves our shelter healed, but returns a few months later sore and scabby again, so we have decided to keep him has a permanent resident so that his hairless body is cared for.

Personality: The stud muffin who ended up developing a complex because he lost all his hair. Life is a big, strong dog who likes to keep the pack under control. His bark is deep and demands authority. But he’s calmed down a little since losing his fur and crown jewels, taking a step back and realising there’s more to life than good looks and power. He still has a very soft spot for the ladies and loves a good cuddle.

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Meet Scottie

Story: Scottie came to us as a little puppy who had been hit by car, rendering both his back legs useless. One leg required an amputation, and the other leg had a large wound that healed in a way that stopped him from ever learning to use the leg. And so, Scottie became our token permanent resident with two legs.

Personality: Paralympic bronze medalist, because the only thing keeping him from gold is his easily distracted mind when anyone new passes the shelter. Being the go-getter that he is, Scottie has trained hard and now has an upper body bigger than Arnold Schwarzenegger. He plays rough with all the other young ones, and when he’s tired he snuggles up for a good cuddle. He has an unbreakable spirit and soft heart and an adorable face to match.

Scottie is also up for adoption! Learn more here.

Meet Shakira

Story: Shakira was originally rescued by DAR in April of 2016. It was clear she had a broken leg and she stayed with us until she recovered…and a bit longer. She was a very nervous and shy dog and no no one could get near here. We knew would would not be able to find a home for her, so we had to put her back on the street – 25 kilometers away.

Almost 2 years later, we got a call about an injured dog close to DAR. It was her… somehow, she had found her way back to us and she was a mess: skinny, feet swollen and red, and mange. We then knew that even though she was still shy and scared that she thought of DAR as her home.

Personality: Today, Shakira, has come out of her shell. She loves the women staff and volunteers at DAR. She also loves wrestling and playing with Dorjee and other males dogs.. she is a FLIRT.


Meet Shashi

Her Story: She was found on the streets as a puppy, with a small wound and handed to our Founder, Deb Jarrett, at a dinner party. Personality: Silent Seductress Shashi loves to run! Her typical pattern on her daily hike is to run run run, then cuddle cuddle cuddle, treat. With her big brown eyes and love for belly rubs, how can you resist?
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Meet Sukh

Story: Sukh was one of the lucky ones. He had lived a decent life on the streets with the help of a local feeder of street dogs. Until one day, she noticed he could no longer see. On examination, we found out that he has a mature cataract in his left eye and severe lens laceration in right eye, the reasons behind his partial blindness. We decided not to release him because he couldn’t survive on the busy streets.

Personality:  We named him Sukh – it means happiness. It is the perfect name for this gorgeous sweetheart who absolutely loves being around humans.

Sukh gets around really well using his senses of smell and sound. He loves to be petted around his neck and rump and to show it he becomes very animated and excited! At the shelter he loves getting treats while sitting, going for walks and hiking, and cuddling and playing with the team.

Sukh is also up for adoption! Learn more here. 

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Meet Teddy

Her Story: Teddy was only 6 months old when he arrived at DAR with both of his back legs severely broken. We were able to surgically pin the bones back in place and with the help of physiotherapy he built up the strength to walk again.

Personality: Teddy is very playful now and is best friends with Dorjee and Shakira. He is nervous around new people and can be quite vocal about it, but he has lots of energy and is a big and strong boy who will need lots of walks. 

Frequently asked questions about sponsoring a dog

What is my sponsorship money used for?

Your sponsorship contributions are used to help your sponsor dog and all the dogs in our care.

The money is used to cover the costs of running Dharamsala Animal Rescue, costs such as heating, cooling, cleaning, feeding, medicine, supplies, and all of the love and care these dogs deserve.

Will I be my dog's only sponsor?

Dharamsala Animal Rescue Sponsor a Dog is a co-sponsorship scheme with a number of people sponsoring each dog.

Your money will go towards helping all the dogs in our care, including the dog you have chosen to sponsor.

How often will I hear from my sponsor dog?

Your sponsor dog will send you updates two times a year; Valentines day, and again in the summertime.

What happens if my Sponsor Dog gets adopted or passes away?

If your sponsor dog is adopted or passes away we will always write to you and inform you, we then transfer your sponsorship to another dog in need. 

Can I sponsor a dog as a gift for someone else?

Yes. Once you sign up,  please fill out the gift form. 

The gift recipient will then receive all of the sponsorship details in their name.