UPDATE ON THE ARK IN INDIA – surprising news.
Avis Lyons, the inspirational founder of Animal Rescue Kerala, has decided to shut down her charity in India.
This is hard to hear.
A combination of her weakening health and the inept, inert local government that refuses to cooperate with her animal birth control programme means she can no longer do viable work.
After 12 years of effort, she is left with a sanctuary full of rescued animals that she refuses to abandon but which she cannot sustain. She desperately needs our help to rehome the dogs she has under her care.
Please write to email@example.com if you think you might be able to help adopt a dog
If there is one person over the last year that represents the fierce, mad, compassionate energy needed to work in the face of so much suffering it is Avis. Ageing, weakened by a fight with cancer, often alone in a country that was fairly alien to her, she was driven by a selfless desire to help the misery suffered by so many dogs and other animals on the streets of India.
Avis wasn’t perfect. She took on too much, she could be impulsive and sometimes impatient – but she had, she still has, the most vibrant and precious spirit. I spent much of my year trying to understand what compassion really meant. Avis, I think, explained it to me. She leapt into the unknown, following her heart where her head must have warned her not to go and responded immediately and dearly to any being that needed it.
Doing so comes with risk. Things don’t always work out. And so she finds herself in a painful position.
I had a conversation with Avis some time ago where she intimated, with some sadness, that she had not succeeded in her goals. She felt her ABC (animal birth control) programme was not going well, that too many dogs continued to suffer, that she was overwhelmed by legal and cultural resistance.
What was she talking about?
To struggle to do what is right, to fight against overwhelming cultures of cruelty and to respond to every creature with compassion…what more can one do?
It was almost a year ago to the very day I found myself in India. It was in the middle of the night and I watched Avis rescue a tiny puppy that was abandoned by its mother, turning circles by the side of the road as traffic passed within inches.
Avis scooped it up and gave it a chance.
Please now give Avis some help.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
- Contact a special help group at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you:
- Want to adopt an animal from ARK
- Can help in transporting animals.
- Are interested in working as a manager, or know someone who would be interested.
- Are in Kovalam area and will like to be part of the overview group.
- Represent an organization who wants to do ABC and awareness program in Kovalam.
- Read more here: http://www.worldlywags.org/p/friends-of-ark.html
- Join the Facebook group and be part of the dialogue.
- Donate here