Launch and Registration
Manali Strays was officially launched on World Rabies Day—28th September—2019.
In January 2020, Manali Strays was registered as a Charitable Trust in India.
In May 2020, Manali Strays UK was registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with the UK’s Charity Commission.
Manali Strays was founded to:
“Inspire harmony between stray animals and the humans who live with them, reducing human–animal conflict and creating a community that cares for its strays and ensures their continued health and wellbeing.”
This is a long-term, ongoing, mission that requires the support of the local community and government, allowing us to humanely reduce the number of stray dogs in Manali and ensure all dogs are vaccinated against rabies.
The Four Founders
The People Person
As the day-to-day manager of Manali Strays, Kamlesh is usually found with his ear glued to the helpline phone, treating sick animals, or both simultaneously. Kamlesh has worked in animal rescue since finishing university and is as at home cleaning out maggot wounds as he is meeting with government officials.
The Business Strategist
As a local Manali resident with vast travel experience around the world, Buddhi brings a combination of local cultural knowledge and Western thinking to help Manali Strays achieve its mission.
The Animal Rights Advocate
Irma’s passion for all animals means that the strays always have a voice, and with her background in IT and programming, she helps to keep the admin side of Manali Strays up-to-date and as efficient as possible.
With a PhD in immunology and a love of learning new things, Becky applies her scientific training and knowledge to improving the diagnosis and treatment of the animals and ensuring they get the best possible care available with limited resources.
Nestled in the heart of Kullu Valley, in northern India, Manali is surrounded by forested mountains. The small tourist town sits on the banks of the Beas River, in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. Manali offers a variety of activities for outdoor adventurers; hiking, mountain biking, guided treks, paragliding, rafting, snowboarding, skiing, motorbike tours. Home to bears, leopards, birds of prey, foxes, and deer, the Great Himalayan National Park, is just 50 km away.
An abundance of cafes, restaurants, shops, hotels, guest houses, AirBnBs, and homestays to suit all budgets are available. If you visit during the winter, you can even stay in an Igloo, up in one of the small mountain villages.