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$1,440 Raised
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12 July 2014 Chongqing Emergency Veterinary Visit

I am a Canadian woman, living and working in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Last year I founded an animal welfare organization, Ruby Animal Rescue (RAR), and when translated into Mandarin (红宝石动物救护) it incorporates love for animals and the colour red, the symbol of the Chinese culture. RAR envisions partnerships to empower Chinese veterinarians, animal activists, rescuers and professionals with the tools to end cruel animal abuse.

I have 6+ years of hands-on experience with domestic and wild animals in Canada, USA and China. More than 3 years ago I left Canada for China, as I felt for a very long time that God put it on my heart to help animals here. Over the last 3 years I have volunteered with local veterinarians and international organizations, worked at sanctuaries, edited wildlife journals, and provided much-needed aid at shelters across China. 

Through my organization I have had the opportunity to help and rescue animals, taughts 100s of people Humane Education, inspired communities and people across China and internationally in ways that they too can help animals in China. I have worked where the situation for animals seems hopeless and beyond help, and I always find a way to make a difference for the animals and change their lives for the better.

To make a larger impact helping 1,000s of dogs and cats, and to teach Chinese shelter workers, rescuers and activists, I need to learn from international experts.

I am incredibly thankful to have been to be selected from a large range of applicants to be a delegate for Dogs Trust's International Training Programme (ITP) in London, UK. Dogs Trust is one of Britain’s and the world’s leading dog welfare charities that rehomes and cares for over 16,000 dogs per year. But to travel there from August 26- September 6 2014 I need your help TODAY!

At Dogs Trust I will learn from international experts the skill-sets to advance animal welfare in China, these include;

· Advertising- marketing tools to engage the community in animal welfare

· Animal Behaviour- techniques to teach a largely inexperienced volunteer force and shelter workers animal behaviour and handling across China

· Educational Programmes- aid RAR’s University Humane Education Club and Education Outreach through a further understanding of effective and structured humane education

· Fundraising- understand efficient and different methods to fundraise

· Rehoming- training in high volume foster and adoption (rehoming) platforms

· Shelter Management- learn international standards of shelter management to aid our Shelter Project

· Veterinary Care- learn international standards of veterinary care for shelters

As a delegate I will also be eligible to apply for SNIP International cat and dog handling equipment and grants. This opportunity of a lifetime will provide me with the essential knowledge, equipment and techniques to build upon, effectively develop and promote relatively unknown concepts of animal welfare in Chengdu and across China.

But I can't do this without your help TODAY. Please give generously to help me achieve my dream to help save the lives of dogs and cats that desperately need it! Your donation and support will play a vital role to help China's dogs and cats, as I will use what I learn to CHANGE China!

Without you, none of this will be possible. Your donation or sponsorship will of course be recognized and credited in various methods such as a donor book. As well I will write a daily blog about my experiences!

Thank you in advance for your support.

Ruby Leslie
Founder, RAR

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