Posted on | December 2, 2013 | No Comments
If you know about stray dogs you know there is barely a place worse in India than Kerala is. If you’re doing any animal welfare and don’t know Avis Lyons – you’ve been doing something else! She has run, single-handedly and against all odds, Animal Rescue Kerala (ARK).
Avis came to India to stay and to help dogs. And she’s walked the talk for 12 years. She’s the energy and passion that puts someone less than half her age to shame. She’s created a fantastic purpose built facility for dogs she’s rescued. She’s run her own ABC program with no help from the Corporation. She’s fought and won court cases for the dogs. The corporations in Kerala and the Govt of Kerala just does not care. A whole lot of the information that is found on this website made and maintained by VoSD – that targets Kerala’s treatment of dogs – comes from Avis directly or through her contacts.
Her health has not all been there and she’s battled cancer for quite some time. A few months back she decided to ‘close’ ARK and go back to England.
Wordly Wags is an agency based Delhi and are running a project called “Friends of ARK”, which is trying to minimize the impact of Avis’ leaving, by
- Maintain the existing animals by finding new homes for as many animals in ARK’s care as possible. This will be coupled with hiring a manager to maintain the (lessor number) of animals left behind. This will set the limit of what ARK can keep doing. This is an appeal to everyone to ADOPT ARK’s and Avis Lyons’ dogs. See the animals that are up for adoption with the individual details here. Please contact Worldy Wags on the contact info on the page.
- Wordly Wags is working to license ARK’s facility will be licensed to an organization with a history in animal welfare, a plan and capability to do do ABC program. If you are interested please see the details at “Friends or ARK” project page
A few months back on receiving the announcement that she will leave we’d written at the time that she was a ‘legend’. And that she has been. And more. She has given much to India through her dogs when they had no help. We can pull a little of our weight!
The Chronicles of Chai and Chapati. And the journey of William Pitt-Thacker & Tom Cornish from Rishikesh to Bangalore on bicycles.
Posted on | November 20, 2013 | 1 Comment
It is said that India has 2 affects on people: those who love it as they experience it, and those who can’t wait to get away. And it is also said of people on a journey that they can choose to bring themselves to a point on a map on a jet plane and jet out and refer to what they saw from the taxi glass window as experience. Or they walk it and experience life in the new place for themselves.
Meet William Pitt-Thacker & Tom Cornish. They plan to ride bicycles from Rishikesh to Bangalore! They’d travel down the west coast (via Rajasthan, Mumbai, Goa) in 8 weeks! And they are filming a documentary about sustainable travel – the effects tourism has on local economy, environment and cultural/social habits.
The crux of the film is the endeavor to remain entirely carbon neutral/negative. So they’ve offset their flight emissions! And they’re riding around with solar panels attached to our bike trailers to stay off the grid.
Will says “We chose the context of India specifically because Tom and I have both been here a few times before, we love the culture, the people, the food and thought that riding bikes on Indian roads would add a level of excitement to our bicycle journey. You can see the website here http://wheels2travel.com/
“Our core pillars of focus are Culture, Environment and Economy. Tourists need to consider their behavior, spending habits and waste/pollution when travelling to keep the earth a place worth travelling. Within the pillars we will look at everything; the collapse of local industry due to tourism popularity and consumerism, animal and child welfare, waste management, the effect tourism has on the behavior of local communities etc”
So what’s that got to do with VoSD? Chai and Chapati! 2 beautiful tick and flea ridden sisters they found in Rishikesh at the start of their journey. Chai is the caramel colored pup and Chapati is charcoal in the pictures.
Chai and Chapati are coming all the way to Bangalore. And in Bangalore they’d need a family. That family is VoSD.
Chai and Chapati continue to grow quickly. Will and Tom have promised to take daily pictures, video’s and other candid shots and share them with us – and we shall with you – to bring to you life from Chai and Chapati’s eyes. After much grooming with oil and flea powder they have finally stopped scratching and are bug free. They are now de-wormed and when Will and Tom reach New Delhi they’d be vaccinated. Read more