Friends of IACC

This is a volunteer community project to fix, maintain and improve the "Integrated Animal Care Center, Auroville" so it can continue to care for stray dogs and other animals.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Arrived and started!

It was last August when I'd first seen "Integrated Animal Care Center". I was in the eatery at Auroville's visitor center when I saw a handmade flier by previous volunteers Phill and Susie. I called the phone number listed and after a twisty paved road, an even twistier dirt road and following the sound of dogs barking I'd finally made it there and I knew it then that this place needs me and I need this place.

I had to turn back and go home to Arizona but I made a promise to myself and Lorraine, the person managing the place single handedly, that I will be back in February.

As luck had it, I met another dog lover in my short stay in Tucson who had years of experience working with dogs in humane society, in a vet's office and also walking and training dogs! I told her about my plans and she decided to join me in this adventure.

Finally, we reached here yesterday evening and set up camp (literally) in a thatch hut. Today we registered with financial services, got our Aurocards and have gotten our daily contribution (Rs. 150 per day, which every guest in Auroville has to pay) waived, rented bicycles, bought food in Kulapalayam (a neighboring village which serves to most common needs of residents and travelers in Auroville).

Tomorrow, we start work!

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