Rescue of the other stray girl from Darjeeling

Rescue of the other stray girl from Darjeeling

Meet Brownie

 

Woofers, an association of furry friends informed Darjeeling Goodwill Animal Shelter about the dog that was hit by a car. The dog couldn’t walk and her front leg was swollen, mainly the paw. The Animal Shelter team then further picked her up, brought her for treatment to the AnimalShelterin Lebong. The dog was examined and treated by a volunteer Vet, Dr. Sameer Chettri also the previous Vet of Darjeeling Goodwill Animal Shelter. The dog was then kept on antibiotics. The dressing of the wound was also suggested. Luckily, her leg wasn’t fractured but swollen and wounded yet it took some time to heal.

 

After she healed, she was even spayed at the Animal Shelter and then released a week later. She was a very calm and friendly dog. Everybody at the Shelter loved her. And they called her Brownie.

Friendly stray dog had a bad day when a neighbor pours hot water on him that leaves his skin scalded for days until his local caretaker sees the gash forming a big crust on his skin and seeks help from Darjeeling Animal Shelter das

Supragya, the staff member of Merry Resort contacted us for the rescue of a stray dog with wounds on his body. The dog had bruised skin and small wounds around his body. He often came to Merry Resort for food. Suprgaya used to feed him often and loved him like he was her own dog. One day, when she found out the dog yelping and tucking his head down, she began to ponder and went close to see him. But she was astounded to see a big crust on his skin and other parts of the body. It was then that she phoned Darjeeling Animal Shelter rescue team for help.

He was a very friendly dog. He was brought to the Shelter for his treatment of his wounds. This boy was unlike other dogsand enjoyed his stay thoroughly at the Shelter whilst he got his wound healed. He also enjoyed eating kibble and some broth every day. We never saw him unhappy. He was a very easy-going dog and we still miss him. A month later, he was released back to his old spot.  It was hard to bid him goodbye and we could even see that in his face. But he had to go and live his life again from where he began.

It’s not about rainbows and sunshine all the time but about the storm that one has to face

It’s not about rainbows and sunshine all the time but about the storm that one has to face

Stray dog gets into a scuffle and hurt each other leaving dog bite marks around ears that later form maggots.

Meet the brave stray dog, Tom

Last year, Kalimpong Animal Shelter team rescued a dog with maggot wound in his ear after he got into a scuffle with his mates. When the shelter was informed of this menace; the rescue team hurried to the spot. The team then brought the dog to the Animal Shelter for some medical aid.

The dog’s ear looked half torn and deeply infested with maggots. The shelter Vet and Para vets removed the maggots and treated his wound. And they checked upon the dog every day. It took a month for his wound to heal properly.

After the wound on his ear healed, he was neutered and then released a few days later to his old spot from where he had been rescued. He was free again and happy to be released.

Adoption drive for Shelter and homeless puppies das

Adoption drive for Shelter and homeless puppies das

Adoption drive for Shelter and homeless puppies das

 

Due to the growing number of people interested in buying dogs, adoption of Shelter and street puppies are quite rare these days.  However, both Kalimpong and Darjeeling Animal Shelters have been spreading awareness on adopting more of Desi  (local)breeds and giving them a second chance at life.  Adopting a dog from the Shelter saves a life of the dog and it paves in the way for a new puppy to fill in the space. Today, Desi / Pariah dogs are the most vulnerable ones because chances of getting them a good home and a loving parent are very bleak. So, it is becoming extremely crucial to conduct adoption drives where people could see and learn and develop compassion for the Shelter and street puppies. While the drives are conducted, the puppy are also vaccinated against rabies and the owners are promised for the adopted dogs’ free spay by the Shelter. New owners are also informed that their Desi (local) breed will be less susceptible to disease.

Darjeeling Goodwill Animal Shelter organised an adoption camp twice last year at Chowrasta where30 puppies were adopted by good owners. Kalimpong Animal Shelter also succeeded in having some puppies adopted.

It’s not about rainbows and sunshine all the time but about the storm that one has to face

It’s not about rainbows and sunshine all the time but about the storm that one has to face

Both sister organisations in Kalimpong and Darjeeling impart humane education to students from time to time. Kalimpong and Darjeeling Goodwill Animal Shelter encourage students through humane education to be kind and compassionate towards all animals. We teach young students/children the basic rules on how to treat a cat/dog, do’s and don’ts about dog bite wounds, dealing with aggressive dogs, loving animals and the importance of them in our lives.

As Mahatma Gandhi says,” The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Thus, it is of utmost importance to educate the youth about animal cruelty. Animals are friends after all, and they deserve to live a friendly and peaceful life, thus creating an animal and human-friendly environment. Regrettably the Shelters have to deal with a few cases where dogs have been beaten/ tortured or burnt with hot boiling water. So, it is only through awareness and humane education that the public and locals can learn and accept change. Dr. Mihir Mazagonkar, the vet at Darjeeling Goodwill Animal Shelter spoke at Loreto College in Darjeeling to talk to concerned students about safety measures when encountering a dog bite, petting a dog, socializing with a cat/dog, and about kindness through a PowerPoint presentation. The students were enthralled to be part of the programme and to know about simple tips on handling domesticated animals.

Kalimpong Animal Shelter also had two groups of foreign students who visited the Shelter with Anu Radha, a social worker/ animal lover for a tour. It was a great opportunity to interact with them and share our knowledge and also impart humane education to them.

Camp at Bhalukhop & Rambi

Camp at Bhalukhop & Rambi

KAS yearly conducts camps in outlying villages where ABC camps are previously carried out. To update yearly on rabies vaccination and to operate on new dogs growing in the community and also those owned by owners, ABC camp is highly preferable in all these places.

ABC village camps are very interesting as they attract a lot of children and youths from the villages who are keen to watching the operation being conducted on cat and dogs. This at times becomes the ideal spot for awareness on animal cruelty, rabies and the importance of animal birth control. Other than this, KAS is also approached by the locals to treat their cow and goats if they are ailing. So the experienced paravets after the camp make home visits along with the Vet. The livestock wing also reaches out to these villages for treating large animals but when they are not available, KAS does the needful.

Although the main purpose of KAS is ABC yet they work even beyond that to ensure all animalsare kept safe and treated timely.  From  small to large animals, KAS leaves no stone unturned to meet the needs of owners and their pets.

Basically, when village camps are carried out, the community is very welcoming to KAS because of their dedication towards the voiceless. KAS team travels far leaving very early in the morning to conduct an ABC camp thereby giving the whole day to operations and general treatment of large animals. When there are cases of milk fever and prolapsed on cows, KAS after operation stays back to treat those cows and contacts the village livestock official for the follow-up. The community is always pleased with KAS team for helping them create a dog and human friendly environment thus, stabilising the dog population and making the community rabies free.

In the month of June again, KAS covered many villages by performing ABC and also updated on villages falling under the other Bloc where ABC was yet to happen. Therefore, in the last week of May, KAS conducted four ABC camps along with Anti-rabies vaccination and operated and vaccinated ten dogs per camp.

Following are the camp details:

MonthCamp venueNo. of dogs operatedNo. of cats operatedARV vaccination
June 2018 Bhalukhop171
June 2018 Rambi90