When Christine Townend first arrived in Darjeeling, she saw a dog, dying slowly in the gutter, frothing at the mouth,...
Working for Animals
WFA raises funds and provides support for
approved animal shelters in India, in particular
Darjeeling Animal Shelter, Kalimpong Animal Shelter
and Help in Suffering Animal Shelter.
Working for Animals Inc also assists other animal
protection projects in India with which it is
familiar and which it particularly endorses.
Hello and welcome to
WORKING FOR ANIMALS
Working for Animals Inc. is a registered Australian charity raising funds for approved animal shelter projects in India.
Working for Animals Inc. has a small committee which works pro bono to help the animal shelters which Christine and Jeremy Townend founded in the Indian towns of Kalimpong and Darjeeling in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas. Kalimpong Animal Shelter is largely funded by Animaux Secours in France, and Darjeeling Animal Shelter is largely funded by One Voice, France. Other major donors are Animal Protection Network (Sweden) and the Animal Welfare Board of India which funds the two ABC (Animal Birth Control) programmes conducted by KAS and DAS.
WFA Inc. also sends funds from time to time to Help in Suffering Animal Shelter, in Jaipur Rajasthan.
SOME OF THE WORK DAS AND KAS CONDUCT
1) ABC: Both Darjeeling and Kalimpong municipalities agreed to stop poisoning dogs with strychnine on condition that Darjeeling and Kalimpong Animal Shelters conducted ABC programmes in each of their home towns.
In the ABC programme street dogs are caught, vaccinated against rabies, neutered, identified with an ear mark and, after a full recovery, returned to the place from which they were captured. Usually three days is the recovery period as the keyhole flank spay is a tiny, neat incision usually less than an inch in length. Returning the dogs to the street, rather than poisoning them, not only avoids a great cruelty, but also means that the vaccinated, spayed dogs guard their own territory. Thus there is no empty biological niche into which new dogs, which may be vectors of rabies, can move.
2) RESCUE: Dogs which are severely injured are rescued by KAS and DAS. If the shelters did not exist, these dogs would die slowly on the street.
3) TREATMENT: Many people bring their animals to KAS and DAS for veterinary care.
4) CAMPS: Both KAS and DAS conduct village camps in remote areas, which are often only reachable by rough, dangerous roads. At these camps the village animals are given appropriate inoculations and veterinary treatment and, in the case of cats and dogs, neutered.
Darjeeling Animal Shelter is a project of Darjeeling Goodwill Animal Shelter, a registered Indian charitable trust, founded in 1993.
Kalimpong Animal Shelter has conducted a successful Animal Birth Control programme, supported by the Municipality, since 1996.
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Would you like to Volunteer?
Darjeeling Animal Shelter and Kalimpong Animal Shelter are grateful for volunteer vets who work alongside our staff and vets. Ideally volunteers would stay for a minimum of three months. There is good accommodation provided in private rooms with attached bathrooms, and three vegetarian meals per day also provided.
In the past year alone, KAS has spayed 743 dogs, and 118 cats, vaccinated 2229 dogs again rabies and 435 against distemper. and parvo. These figures do not include the countless number of village cattle, goats and chickens that have been treated.