The lucky dog


Laura and Harry with Lucky

One cold morning with dew drops on the ground, Kalimpong town had fallen to sleep. Herds of dogs flocked together and slept like there is no tomorrow. From the corner a dog infested with ticks and fleas shrieked out of pain, but there was nobody to her rescue until she came across two tourists in town who Lucky thought at once could be her saviour. They saw the dog lying with its face downward and yelping for help. Unable to resist its pain, the two Canadian tourists picked her up and tried feeding her, but the dog didn’t eat at all. Her abdomen was swollen and her body had gone cold, her sunken eyes and feeble looking body brought tears to their eyes, and they thought that ‘veterinary aid’ was the only way that could bring her back to life. On her arrival at Kalimpong shelter, the Vet diagnosed her with ascites and dehydration so; immediate treatment was given to her, and continued for many days. Gradually, on the fifth day, Lucky started showing signs of improvement, and her god parents were always by her side to give her the support and pull her up which helped her feel better every day.


Today, she is homed by the same foster parents in Vancouver, Canada and is living a new life. She has also befriended a new mate, Kloe who has now become her best pal. Lucky’s ordeal wouldn’t have ceased without her foster parents, Laura and Harry who were her angels in disguise.




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ABC camp at Kurseong


Dr.Sameer Chettri and Dr.D.P.Pandey in operation

On the 4th and 5th of Novemember, 2017, a two day animal birth control camp was conducted by a team of alumni members from St. Alphonsus and NSS team in collaboration with Kalimpong and Darjeeling animal shelter. The camp was conducted after a long wait of two years by the same team. It was a huge camp with innumerable spay and neuter of stray and owner pets. More than 65 dogs including both male and female were operated on a two day animal birth control camp at Kurseong by Vets, Dr. Deo Prakash Pandey and Dr. Sameer Chettri respectively


The dog after caught is taken for its spay by the shelter team

It was a well-organised camp held in a community hall with full support from the Municipality, and a few educated minds. Many dogs were caught by the shelter team from the busy streets and railway station of Kurseong frequently homed by dogs coming from different areas, and there were in desperate need to undergoing sterilisation due to rise in number of dog population and litters. All the dogs caught were vaccinated against rabies making it a rabies free society for all the citizens of Kurseong, and if such a camp would be initiated by the locals at Kurseong every year, the stray dog population would fall to the bare minimum, and also help the animals thrive and live a peaceful life.

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Juno, the sponsored dog for One Voice

Juno, a three year old female dog was surrendered by her owner one afternoon. Her parting with the owner made her sad at once ,but little did she know, it could turn out to be a good luck for her. Having found a wonderful place at the shelter, she befriended many friends of her age as well as puppies who love to tease Juno and in return Juno nibbles them out of excitement. On sunny days, she basks in the sun with all her mates and takes a nap. When there are visitors at the shelter, Juno wags her fluffy tail and claws them. Today, she is sponsored by One voice from France due to her loving and friendly nature. Juno’s parting with her owner might have been a challenge for her ,but she fought it all with her might, and perhaps she was destined to be in a better place which would bring her more closer to the animal kingdom.

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Lower Bidyang Camp- Kalimpong


ABC & ARV camp at Lower Bidyang, Dalapchand Busty- Kalimpong on 10.05.13


Animal Birth Control (ABC) & Anti-Rabies Vaccination (ARV) camp in Lower Bidyang, Kalimpong.

Animal Birth Control (ABC) & Anti-Rabies Vaccination (ARV) camp in Lower Bidyang, Kalimpong.


Field ABC of Dogs & Cats at Lower Bidyang, Dalapchand Busty- Kalimpong


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(ABC) Animal Birth Control & (ARV) Anti-Rabies Vaccination Camps.

On Field ABC at Chibo Busty-Kalimpong.

Joint ABC & ARV Camp By KAS & DAS At Takling- Darjeeling.
ARV Camp At Upper Chibo Busty – Kalimpong.

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Summarized Activities of KAS for the period April 2010- March 2011.


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Village Camp

Camp at Yogdah / Kharka Goan / Sangsey village held on the 30/6/2011 and 7/7/2011, wherein 20 dogs and 6 cats were spayed /neutered. 118 Cows, 61 dogs, 41 pigs, and 23 goats were treated.  47 Dogs and 7 cats were vaccinated against Rabies.

Cats recovering after surgery
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Camp At Dalapchand


Camp at Dalapchand held on 8/4/2011 wherein we vaccinated 63 dogs, 3 cats and operated 7 dogs.

Beautiful “Kalimpong mongrels” line up for their turn to get vaccinated and undergo sterilization.

Shelter staff maintaining records at Dalapchand camp.

The makeshift OT at Dalapchand Camp.

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Munsong Village Camp

The annual Anti-Rabies Vaccination and on field Animal Birth Control Programme was organized by Kalimpong Animal Shelter and Krishi Kalyan Sanghatan, Munsong Sakha on the 29th of April 2011 at Munsong Village. We vaccinated 44 dogs and operated upon 17 Dogs and 11 Cats.  I would like to thank Mr. Megh Waiba from Krishi Kalyan Sanghatan, Munsong Sakha and Mahesh, Anand, Sanjeev and Lakpa from KAS for making the camp a great success.

 Dr. D.P. Pandey
Vet-In-Charges (KAS)

Article on Himalaya Darpan ePaper.

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