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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