Animal Care Introduction

The Clinic

HH 17th Karmapa at the clinic

The Animal Care program runs a free veterinary clinic for domestic pets and stray animals. The clinic is staffed by Dr. Pankaj Sharma and Dr. Milli Swali besides foreign volunteers who volunteer with us from time to time. A number of trainee vets also do an internship here. The vets are assisted by two trained vet assistants, Mr. Lobsang Thukjey and Mr. Tsering Gyaltsen. The former works as the chief coordinator at the clinic. In addition, a local veterinarian, Dr. Sujay Sharma from Animal Husbandry Department is officially appointed as our consultant.

Animal Birth Control (ABC) Program

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Volunteers at work

There is a large population of stray dogs in McLeod Ganj and the surrounding settlements of the Kangra district, whose numbers need to be kept under control. Packs of stray dogs running wild pose a danger to the local population. Not only do they bite people, but they spread diseases, including rabies. What’s more, these dogs live by scavenging rubbish on the streets. To deal with this problem, Tibet Charity has opted for the compassionate response of sterilization rather than extermination. The Animal Birth Control Program sterilizes stray dogs, both at Tibet Charity and in temporary clinics in the surrounding settlements including Norbulingka, TCV, Sarah and Bir. They get a full check up and medical treatments. They are also vaccinated against rabies and looked after until the cut is healed and danger of infection has passed.

Animal Vaccination Program

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Celebrating World Rabies Day

In recent years, the number of cases of rabies due to dog bites has increased, killing many, including young children. While it is not possible to eradicate rabies entirely, vaccinating stray dogs can significantly alleviate the problem by preventing the spread of the disease. The Animal Vaccination Program aims to vaccinate as many stray and domestic dogs as possible through a series of outreach drives. A team of vets and helpers visit a settlement on a particular day, vaccinating the dogs in that area. The team also informs the general public about the dangers of rabies and how to stay safe. The vaccinations are repeated every year. On World Rabies Day held annually in September, Tibet Charity offers free rabies vaccinations for domestic pets at its main site.

4 Comments

  1. HI after visisitng the area , I would like to help with animal care in the area. I live in Australia, am passionate about animal well being, and came over her as part of a yoga group, some of whom are also quite willing to help. I am leaving for Delhi tommorow and wil be back in australia On monday night. Wuuld love to hear back from you,

    Best wishes

    susan Buckland

  2. Dear Susan,
    It is so nice of you to think about helping us with our work for the animals in the region. Can you elaborate more on how you want to help?
    Tsering Thundup
    DIRECTOR

  3. Hi
    I was wonder if there´s any possibility to experience your routine in September 2016. I am a vet 13 years of practice and I work in animal shelter in my country, Brazil. I´ll have 2 weeks off in september and I would like to help, to contribute some how. I can perform surgeries and general clinic. Thanks a lot for your time.
    Best regards
    Franco Vicentini

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