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Village camp plays a very crucial role in the life of animals in the hill stations of West Bengal. V illage camp basically is an outreach programme for the community animals living far off. It is through VILLAGE CAMP Kas extends its programme of Animal Birth Control in far-flung or the remotest areas of Kalimpong. Therefore, Village camp acts as a medium to connect KAS with more animals that are in need of vaccinations, animal birth control and treatment.
Animal Birth Control Programme in such distant places is regulated by a makeshift camp. The Kas team sets out for such an event early morning from town to reach the camp site for carrying out the programme , and with the mission to vaccinate and sterilise cats and dogs in the community that were not spayed previously.
Furthermore, the camp takes place with the support of a village co-ordinator and at times, even the Govt. Veterinary team works alongside KAS and helps in distributing medicine to the local owners for their farmed animals.
As some of the locals living in those hamlets remain occupied with their farming activities and also travelling along with their pet animals all the way to the main town is very tiresome. So, in such a context, Village camp is of paramount importance to our beneficiaries.
Additionally, village camps help in creating mass awareness to the general public and children on ‘vaccination and sterilisation’ as the only effective and scientific measure in combating dog menace. And for the last many years, Kas has been running such a life-saving programme for the animals and community supported by Animal Protection Network. Every year, the kas team conducts the ABC programme for the small animals in these rural areas of Kalimpong and Darjeeling and continues with the yearly follow-up. Thus, Village camp is a way to render service to the community animals and encourage locals to make the connection between humans and animals.
Lastly, as years have gone by we see more people loving animals and being kind to them than ever before only because of the Animal Shelter and the selfless work it has been carrying through.
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic this year in 2020 the KAS team continued to traverse along with its various programmes including village camps.
A very few of the camps conducted by Kas in 2020 are listed below:
Anti-rabies vaccination camp by the KAS team in 2020
Paravet Lil vaccinating a cat .
Paravet Mahesh maintaining records of vaccinated animals
Vet Dr. Deo is being assisted by Paravet Lil for spaying dogs at Village camp
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.
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.