Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Inaugurating the New Garden at IDA Deonar

Got the garden area ready at last! It being Christmas time, we installed a small Christmas Tree right in the centre and always eager to make our great animals known to the public, we decorated the tree with small cards containing photos of our cats, pups, dogs and so on. These consisted of animals who have not yet been included in our Sponsor and Guardian Angel programmes. We made a special Christmas offer and I am happy to say that 11 of them got sponsored straight off the tree!
As the garden was ready, we decided to have a regular inauguration. Our Chief Guest was Ms Doreen Aranha from Igatpuri. She is quite isolated there working really hard for all the stray dogs that are in dire need of all kinds of help. She manages a lot of work even though the going is very tough. No NGOs around to help, so one can imagine the difficulties she faces.
For her unstinting efforts, IDA India awarded a Champion for Animals certificate to Doreen on the inauguration day. You can see her cutting the ribbon placed across the small garden gate. All those who attended had quite a nice time. Now we are waiting anxiously for the small plants to grow. In the meantime, there are a lot of wonderful animal related activities that can be carried out in this truly precious space.

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