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“India’s animals have strong indigenous allies. The nation is blessed with many dedicated animal welfare organizations.

“Help Animals India seeks out the best of these under funded organizations to provide financial and practical assistance where it can make the most difference.

“We strive not only to achieve immediate benefits for India’s animals, but to nurture an enduring culture of animal protectionism.”

–   Help Animals India

Help Animals India gives grants to many very worthwhile, dedicated animal groups in India, enabling them to save and provide care for thousands of animals.

To have a look at Help Animals India’s new website, click here.

 

 Photo: Courtesy of Help Animals India / Ms. Sharada Buddhiraju, VSPCA, with a rescued puppy

 

 

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By Ulla Pedersen,

Kindred Spirits,

Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

 

Come One Come All to……

Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary Fall Open House!!

ONE DAY ONLY!

Saturday, September 28, from 10am-4pm

 

 

Please come to our Fall Open House this coming Saturday, September 28 from 10am-4pm.  We have new residents who are excited to meet you as well as three FREE presentations from our Wellness Care Program.  As always it will be in the beautiful surroundings of our sanctuary and we will offer healthy snacks and many, many tail wags.

 

Plan to attend one, or all three presentations in our educational program:

 

  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

◦                                  Wellness care, with Ulla Pedersen, founder/Director of Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary

  • 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

◦                                  Canine Massage, with Breck Breckenridge

  • 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

◦                                  Senior Dog Rehabilitation, with Sue McKelvey, DVM

Bring a friend and enjoy the crisp air and colorful changes around the barns.

 

Doodle Bug and Dixie Belle will greet you at the gate!

 

Please check our web site;  www.kindredspiritsnm.org for more info and directions.

Or visit us on facebook at Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary

 

Ulla and the gang!

 

To visit Kindred Spirits’ Facebook page, click here.

Photo: Courtesy of Kindred Spirits

 

This is a different dog, Chippers, also rescued by Animals Lebanon.

This is a different dog, Chippers, also rescued by Animals Lebanon.

 

Animals Lebanon in Beirut is helping many Syrian refugees with their animals.

 

In the September 9, 2013 issue of the Lebanon Daily Star, Brooke Anderson, in her article,  “Animals Lebanon marks five years of awareness,” writes about the dedicated work that Animals Lebanon is doing in circumstances made challenging by the nearby war in Syria.

 

Now around one quarter of the population of Lebanon is made up of refugees who have fled from Syria.

 

In November 2012, Jason Mier, Executive Director of Animals Lebanon,  received an email from a man in Damascus.  An accompanying photo showed the man, wearing a hardhat, sitting with his dog, who he’d had for fourteen years.  The man, whose name is Maan, wrote that he’d been more or less confined to his small apartment for the past year with his dog, Juicy.  The neighborhood was being bombed every day.

 

He wrote that he was planning to go to Switzerland to live with his daughter, but that he wouldn’t leave without Juicy.  Because of the Swiss quarantine regulations, his dog wouldn’t be able to enter Switzerland for two months.  He’d prepared nine pages of information and travel documents for Juicy, and he asked that Animals Lebanon please help by finding her a safe place to stay for two months until she could enter Switzerland to be with him.

 

Of course, Jason Mier immediately replied that they would help, and he found a foster home in Beirut where Juicy stayed for two months, before joining Maan in Switzerland.

 

Animals Lebanon is receiving about five similar requests each day from Syians for help with their animals, as well as the sixty or so requests they normally respond to.

 

Jason Mier says there are four small zoos in the Damascus area, and it’s difficult to get information about how the animals are doing.

 

In areas of Syria where there’s been a lot of shelling or where there are food shortages, life is very hard for the animals.  Animals Lebanon is doing everything they can to help the people and their animals.

 

To read the original article in the Lebanon Daily Star, click here.

 

To visit the website of Animals Lebanon or to donate, click here.

 

Photo: Courtesy of Animals Lebanon / This is a different dog, Chippers, who was rescued in Lebanon and now has a happy home in the U.S.

 

Earth First! Newswire

Risky Oil and Gas Production Threatens Rare Butterflies, Bats in Allegan State Game Area

by the Center for Biological Diversity

fracking-in-michiganGRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Center for Biological Diversity launched federal litigation today challenging the Bureau of Land Management for failing to protect endangered species like the Karner blue butterfly and Indiana bat by properly assessing the risks posed to them by fracking on public land being leased for oil and gas production in a game reserve in southwestern Michigan.

On Sept. 12 the federal government plans to auction off more than 27,000 acres of publicly owned mineral rights in the Allegan State Game Reserve but has not analyzed the harm fracking and drilling could do to all the area’s rare and protected species.  

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In the current crisis, Animals Lebanon is helping refugees from Syria and their animals, as well as an influx of animals from people leaving Lebanon. A brief update – for an earlier update, click here. – Editor

 

By Jason Meier

Animals Lebanon

Beirut

 

Update – September 4, 2013

 

…We are in a very tough situation and know we are really going to need help…

 

Now we have a woman from Syria who evacuated with her six cats. She and the cats are staying with us until we can get her and them a plane ticket, hopefully on Saturday.

 

We also have a whole new zoo to empty. I was here the day before the 2006 war and visited zoos in the south. So many of those animals died because they could not be reached, or others were given too much food at the end of the war. I don’t want to be in a position where the same thing happens to these animals. Two lions, two tigers, three macaws, and two crocodiles. The rest are local wildlife that can be placed here…

 

To visit the website of Animals Lebanon or to help with a donation, click here.

 

Photo: Courtesy of Animals Lebanon / Nacho was tied up his whole life and abused by people, until he was rescued by Animals Lebanon. Despite this history, he remained a very gentle dog, and he is now happily adopted in the US!

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In 2006, during the War in Lebanon, while bombs were falling on nearby buildings, the people of what is now Animals Lebanon were courageously feeding community cats in bomb-damaged buildings and rescuing as many animals as they could. Now they are preparing for whatever events may come in a worsening situation. — Editor

 

By Jason Meier

Animals Lebanon

Beirut

Update – September 3, 2013

Dear All,

Lebanon and this region has steadily become less safe over the last two years, and much more so in the last six months. The Prime Minister resigned in March which causes the Council of Ministers to collapse, and there has been no progress at forming a new Council of Ministers. Parliamentary elections were not held as an electoral law could not be agreed, and in June Parliament gave itself an extension until November 2014.

There have been three major car bombs in the last few weeks, and major clashes in parts of most major cities – some going on for days. Just last week a car bomb was diffused by police only a kilometer from our office. In the last few days some airlines have changed their schedules to avoid night flight and minimize time aircraft are on the ground.

When the President of the US spoke recently the streets were empty, people are following every word and trying to understand what to do… We are looking at it as we have one week to get ready and prepared for as many outcomes as possible.

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As happened in the 2006 war, there are already more difficulties in sourcing animal food and supplies, an increase of cats and dogs being left behind as people leave the country, changes in fundraising, and we expect the possibility of animals trapped in zoos or pet shops that are not being fed or cared for, and concerns for the safety of everyone involved.

There are four staff including myself. They all have family in other parts of the country so can move to other areas temporarily if necessary. All have valid passports and there are countries they can travel to without needing a visa beforehand.

We are currently caring for approximately 40 cats and ten dogs, all located in Beirut. We are working to identify empty buildings or land that we could relocate to outside of Beirut if necessary. This would require costs of approximately $5,000 to construct or modify a space to make it suitable to house these animals.

We have a six to twelve month supply of all items necessary for the care of these 50 animals including food, litter, bedding, medication, water.

60 transport cages have been bought and put in storage, we are trying to find more. These would be for movement of animals within Lebanon, or to fly these animals abroad, or to provide to the public if they are exporting a cat or dog.

An ‘export guidelines for cats and dogs’ has been finalized in English and Arabic for distribution. Last week we answered 17 requests for help to export cats and dogs.

There are also a number of wild animals we are working to rescue-

– one Nile crocodile, approximately 1.5 meters, loose in Beirut river, no sanctuary secured

– two adult lions (one male, one female) and two adult tigers (sex unknown), kept at private zoo in the Chouf mountains outside of Beirut, no sanctuary secured

– six Hamadryas baboons, kept at zoo in south, accepted by Princess Alia Foundation in Jordan but have not been able to arrange a vet to do the necessary vaccines and tests

We have been backing up all of our files on external hard drives for storage outside of Lebanon with two of our major supporters.

…I am hoping we have thought through and prepared as much as possible….Either way our work and what is possible has changed…

Thanks,

Jason

To visit the website of Animals Lebanon or to help with a donation, click here.

 

Photos: Courtesy of Animals Lebanon

Top photo: Clara was abandoned at a young age and rescued by Animals Lebanon. She is now happily adopted in Lebanon.

Second photo: Tyson is one of Eva’s six puppies.  Eva was shot and blinded while pregnant, and was rescued by Animals Lebanon.  Tyson is now happily adopted in the U.S.