The Sanctuary

Dogs

India has the largest population of stray dogs in the world. It is illegal to cull them under a 2001 law that was up held in the Supreme Court of India in January 2017.  Given the massive population of both dogs and people in India there is increased pressure on urban spaces with a conservative estimate of 4,00,000 dogs living in the Capital alone.  ACGS has approximately 380 dogs and pups as permanent residents at any given time.  Most of them come from the urban streets of Delhi where they have either been hit by cars or stoned, others are abandoned, rescued from cruel people or circumstances, or rejected by breeders.  They are old, sick and injured or too young and orphaned to fend on the streets for themselves.  They are either in the process of healing or have healed.  However, none of them are capable of looking after themselves on the street again.  Our efforts to find homes for them are not always successful but we keep trying and sometimes we succeed.  One of our future aims is to strengthen our adoption programme.

Our medical team and visiting vets are constantly attending to their physical needs, but apart from that the resident dogs are de-wormed every three months.   Constant de-ticking and protection from other mites is a big part of our dog care.

Every dog is sterilised before becoming permanent resident.   ACGS is opposed to any multiplication of its residents.

Cats

ACGS has a playful and frolicking cat community. Orphan kittens, wounded and disabled cats now live in an open space which we call the cattery. They are free to roam anywhere within the compound, climb trees and rooftops and play in the gardens. This model of an ‘open cattery’ seems to work in creating happy cats! 

Emus

The emu meat experiment in India was a disaster from the word go. Emu farming in India was encouraged as a pyramid selling scheme over the last few years as a source of income. Unfortunately, in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, emu meat and eggs did not become popular. Emu farmers just abandoned these lovely affectionate birds which are not native to India. Born and raised in captivity, thousands of them became diseased and died or were hit by cars or hunted by local predators.  ACGS rescued some of these birds from the Gurgaon Toll on the Jhajjar highway. Others were brought to us by individuals who rescued these large birds which were being sold door-to-door for meat in the by lanes of Delhi! The emus of ACGS actually come to you and rest their heads on your shoulders, making an affectionate sound akin to purring!    

Emus, which are running birds, have a fairly large run of the sanctuary and their own shallow slush pond to play in. 

THE Herbivores

At any given point of time, a visitor to ACGS will see our goats, cows, horses, buffaloes, mules and donkeys, happily lazing in the sun, chewing the cud, gambolling in the shadows or wallowing in our dirt pond. Many of the cows are road accident victims and some have, unfortunately, to have an irreparable leg amputated. In addition since they forage off garbage their intestines are blocked by kilos of plastic bags that they are unable to digest and are required to be operated upon. They all live happily together in the largish central space of the campus. All the males are castrated, so there is no risk of hooved off springs! 

Other Residents

Rescued ducks, peacocks, roosters, geese, turkeys and rabbits are some of the other permanent inmates.

The Kennels

The Cattery

Emus

Cows

Nilgai

Turkey

Wishlist for the Sanctuary

  • Wishlist for kennels
  • While the cats are free to roam and eat, we still need cat enrichments such as stepped boxes, ladder toys, ropes, claw sharpening barks, and other cat support fixtures.   
  • Wishlist for large animals
  • Sheds, storage rooms, water pumps, ponds, residential quarters, kitchens
  • Winter gunny-bag beddings

The Clinic

From Wounded To Well

ACGS’s clinic is fairly well equipped to handle routine physical injuries, minor surgeries, dressings, vaccinations, amputations and sterilisations. The clinic looks after the medical needs of the resident animals as well as outpatients brought in by people from the surrounding villages.

 Facilities at the clinic include :

  • Two operating theatres for small animals (dogs and cats) and complete medical care infrastructure.
  • Medical check-ups for every animal that comes to ACGS.
  • Emergency first aid like saline drips, wound suturing, dressing and bandaging, skin care, injections, maggot treatment and minor orthopaedic care.
  •  Blood transfusions,  amputations, minor surgeries, spay/neuter etc.
  • Visiting vets and supervising vets. The entire medical/clinical project is under the supervision of Dr. Devi, also a Board Member of ACGS. 
  • Experienced team of senior and junior para-vets, compounders and helpers. 

Regular care for resident animals

  • Regular deworming every 3 months for canines, felines and large animals
  • Monthly de-ticking and de-lousing. Tick medicines.
  • Routine treatment for various medical issues

Wishlist for the Clinic

  • Operation theatre for large animals
  • Mobile xray and ultra sound machine
  • Ambulance with hydraulic lift for large animals
  • Gas anesthesia system

Animal Birth Control (ABC) Programme

Resident ABC Programme

ACGS follows a very strict and rigorous ABC (Animal Birth Control) programme developed by WHO as the only practical solution to control the street dog population and eradicate rabies Dogs and cats are spay-neutered and male herbivores are castrated.

Rural ABC Programme

ACGS is situated right in the middle of a rural area in Haryana. Here, there is virtually no concept of sterilising their animals. We see several hundred dogs, severely malnourished, diseased and dying puppies and stray dogs everywhere. Many die of road accidents.
Animal birth control in rural India is prescient. ACGS expanded its own campus ABC program to include the village dogs, by adopting one village at a time. We have neutered and spayed most of the dogs in a radius of 5 km. Unfortunately, because of lack of resources and infrastructure, we had to discontinue this programme. The villagers are asking us to restart the programme, for which we would like to raise funds.

Wishlist for the Rural ABC Programme

  • Vet salary.
  • Custom-designed animal dog catching van
  • Dog catching equipment and cages
  • Medicines, vaccinations, food for one week (per dog)    

Food & Nutrition

ACGS’s main focus is on quality permanent care through nutrition. Since ACGS is in the business of keeping its animals energetic, contented and happy, good food is vital for us. Each animal should eat what they normally eat in plentiful quantities. Almost all of them come to us with a history of starvation and malnourishment. Their diet, therefore, includes not only their regular food but also vitamin and mineral supplements plus treats. Our animals rarely get sick because of nutritional deficiencies.

 

  • The Herbivores- (horses, goats, cows, buffaloes, donkeys, mules)– fodder, hay, chickpeas, jaggery, khalli, vegetables , millets, fruits, salt licks, wheat bread (chappatis).
  • Dogs – rice, meat, vegetables, milk, eggs, chappatis, bread and biscuits.
  • Emus – millets, greens like spinach, apples.
  • Ducks/hens/pigeons/turkeys/peacocks/geese – millets, sprouts & greens
  • Cats – dry food, meat & rice, fresh fish
  • Rabbits – millets, sprouts, greens, vegetables & fruits.

In addition ACGS provides the residents with

  • Supplements : calcium, protein and vitamins as and when required.
  • Treats : Everyone afternoon the animals are given “ treats.” A small portion of every animal’s favorite food is given at about 4 pm by way of a special treat  like Bananas and Rotis.

 

Organic Farming

As part of ACGS’ commitment to the environment and holistic food, we have a small organic produce area where we grow fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs. We use this area to experiment with non-invasive, benign and indigenous methods of planting and cultivation. In the additional two acres of land, we grow organic green fodder for our herbivores. We have our own organic seed-bank, compost our waste and train volunteers in organic farming. In addition we are looking at traditional ways of water shed management and irrigation.

Wishlist for the Rural ABC Programme

  • Vet salary.
  • Custom-designed animal dog catching van
  • Dog catching equipment and cages
  • Medicines, vaccinations, food for one week (per dog)