Canine distemper is a virus that affects a dog’s respiratory, gastrointestinal, respiratory system and central nervous systems, as well as the conjunctiva membrane of the eyes. We have had quite a few cases of dogs that had distemper and were wither dropped off or abandoned by their masters. One of them was Platty, found on the streets with a broken leg and a canine distemper. By the grace of God and the love and care ACGS had to offer him, he has recovered from his distemper but still bears the damage that it caused in the past. Platty loves a nice rub and play time with his gang.
This handsome German Shepherd was abandoned by a high-profile vet into the woods to fend for himself, after he was found to have a skin disease that could be spread to the other dogs at the clinic. Ever since Oreo has been under our care, he has shown massive improvement in his condition and has made new friends who love him and don’t think less of him because of his ailment. It is a travesty how the people who are blindly expected to unconditionally love animals, would conveniently let a dog alone to be killed in the wild.
Jai and Veeru are more than just a dynamic duo. It was an awful sight to watch two absolutely strong and gorgeous breed dogs being tied to a tree outside a house, in a posh colony in South Delhi. Jai Veeru cried for help and just wanted to go back home, until an animal lover reported this situation to us. Since then, they’ve been at the shelter and their love has grown on the shelter manager Jiwan. They’re now best friends forever and absolutely inseparable.
Rampant dog fighting in the outskirts of the city, for the entertainment of people has led to dogs being kept in poor conditions, in isolation and injected with steroids to make them more aggressive and muscular, to be able to compete with other dogs. One of the victims of such a scenario has been Max, who was found with clipped ears and a deep wound infected with maggots, a consequence of which he could barely see with one eye. Filled with grief and anger, Max entered our gates but with proper care that he deserves, he is now fully recovered and as handsome as ever. He is super friendly and loves a nice game of ‘catch me if you can’.
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.