Piglu joined us three months ago in September 2017. He has grown enormously. At first he was chased by the dogs but as he continued growing Piglu has now become one of the divas among the large animals. He steals food from the amputees and often chases the horses. He will be joined by another pig soon!
Kismat came to us eight months ago at the age of only three months. She was dropped off at a veterinary clinic in New Delhi by her owner who said he would come back the next day to pick her up. The veterinary left the dog with Anjali for the night to recover. However, the owner never showed up again.
For two months, Kismat lived in Delhi with Anjali and wasn’t even given a name as we feared she would not survive. However, she is now almost one year old and a favourite at the farm! She is always first to visit any visitors and will drive everyone mad with her relentless energy.
Razia & Sultana – Every now and then, ACGS is blessed with an unexpected gift. This time it’s little baby donkey, Razia. Razia’s mum, Sultana, came from Jaipur to live in ACGS and presented us with Razia. There are several donkeys who are permanent residents, all of them survivors of the horribly brutal urban construction trade, carrying loads 10 times their weight, bending their backs and legs forever.
Chikoo came in as a scrawny, forlorn little lamb with no wool on his back and his hind leg turned the other way. He had the saddest expression that a lamb could possibly have. We bathed and fed him and placed him with the goats in their pen. Chikoo’s leg has turned around and he’s clean and white. Chikoo now runs and plays with his friends, the goats.
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. 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.
As part of ACGS’s commitment to the environment and organic food, we have an area with raised at the sanctuary and a farm at a short distance from the sanctuary. The raised beds allow for a yield increase of almost 100% for our vegetables. At the farm, we produce organic green fodder for our herbivores. We have our own organic seed-bank, compost all of our waste and train volunteers in organic farming. In addition, we have completed the construction of an irrigation based water management system which has been in use since October 2017.