A FRIEND IN NEEND
AN ANIMAL`S EYE HAS THE
ANIMAL CARE CENTER
‘When shelters are built where they did not exist previously, people finally have a place to which they can bring animals which they find suffering and injured, and, being able to do so, learn to love and respect the needs and interests of the creatures in their care. KAS has saved the lives of thousands of animals since its foundation in 1993.’
Due to the work of DAS and KAS, together with the Darjeeling and Kalimpong Municipalities, all poisoning of street dogs has stopped from 1998 onwards. The street dogs are now safe and friendly. Puppies are not being born to die an early death from starvation and disease. Furthermore, nearly all the street dogs, together with many pet dogs, have been vaccinated by the shelter. Now people know the dogs are not rabies vectors, they are less frightened of the dogs.
What We do
In both Darjeeling and Kalimpong, street dogs (and often pet dogs, mistakenly) were being poisoned with strychnine by the Municipalities because the dogs were possibly the carriers of rabies. The dogs took a long time to die in great agony. Cats also ate the baits and died slow and painful deaths. The World Health Organisation had stated that removing dogs would not control rabies, because new dogs (possible vectors of rabies) would move in to fill the empty biological niche (maybe a rubbish tip with food, or a warm place to sleep). The WHO recommended that street dogs should instead be vaccinated against rabies and neutered. Then they would guard their place in order to protect it from intruder dogs. This is called an ABC (Animal Birth Control) programme in India. The Chairman of both Darjeeling and Kalimpong Municipalities agreed to stop poisoning all dogs and since then KAS and DAS have successfully carried out ABC programmes. No further dogs in either Municipality have been poisoned. We thank both Municipalities for their work with DGAS.
About Darjeeling Goodwill Animal Shelter Trust
At the request of Jeremy and Christine Townend, Darjeeling Goodwill Animal Shelter, a registered Indian Charitable Trust, was established on 29 September, 1993, with the help of GK Tiwari, an officer with the Government of Rajasthan.
Initially the Trust ran two projects: the Goodwill Centre, established in 1998, based in Bijoy Lodge, Kutchery Road, Darjeeling, and the Kalimpong Animal Shelter, based in Bong Busty, Kalimpong, established in 1998.
Today, the Trust carries out four projects, helping both humans and animals.These are:1) Kalimpong Animal Shelter2) Darjeeling Animal Shelter3) Crookety Museum4) The Goodwill Centre, Darjeeling
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Founded by Dr. Christine Townend in the year 1992 for the sole purpose of Animal Birth Control of street dogs that were suffering with genital problems , skin conditions and overburdened with a litter of puppies that were neither adopted nor fostered. The female dogs and litter of puppies had to succumb a life of despair and cruelty because the locals feared of rabies and female dogs procreating time and again. About 22 years ago, rabies, a fatal disease/virus was on the rise in India and in these two Indian districts under West Bengal, Kalimpong and Darjeeling. In order to curb street dog meance and its population that was multiplying often and wipe out rabies, the local Municiplality was poisoning dogs with strychnine. But it was studied, with such a step by the Municipality (a cruel method) there was still no end to the dog population. Dr. Townend then on her summer visit to these towns approached the Municipality seeing all the horros of street dogs being poisoned and with multiple ailments, viral diseases, mange and genitalia issues such as TVT (Trasnsmissible Venreal Tumour). She presented the Municipality the Animal Birth Control Programme based on WHO guidelines, the most humane and effective approach in curbing the street dog population. Furthermore, she explained how the ABC Prg. would also help in eradicating rabies. The Municipality unanimously agreed to this approach then a new hope of positivity dawned on Dr. Christine by starting an animal shelter with a dispensary set-up for the near future well-being of street dogs where animals could be treated, rescued, caught for sterilisation and sheltered post-operative care for a few days and then be released. With this, Kalimpong Animal Shelter enacted the ABC Programme in 1998 and a few years later, the same Programme was extended to Darjeeling Goodwill Animal Shelter, a sister shelter. Eventually, the Programme carried out with mass sensitisation on locals and community where the staff members started huge vaccination drives against rabies and sterilisation camps in towns and villages travelling even to the remotest of villages to enlighten people about the benefits of spay and neuter programme.
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Reach Us in Darjeeling
Darjeeling Animal Shelter (DAS)
Another Project of DGAS & Sister Shelter of KAS
Kothi Goan, Harsing Hatta
Lebong, Darjeeling 734 101
Mobile: +91-(0) 95472 70076
Reach Us in Kalimpong
Kalimpong Animal Shelter (KAS)
A Project of, and Main Office of,
Darjeeling Goodwill Animal Shelter trust (DGAS)
Middle Bong Busty,
Kalimpong – 734301
Dist: Darjeeling, West Bengal
Phone : + 91 (0)3552-270101 (Clinic)
+ 91 (0)3552-270534 (Office)