At any point the In Patient Department houses over 1500 animals . These include dogs, cats, cattle, monkeys, rabbits, birds, goats and sheep, camels, donkeys and horses etc which are divided into a large and small animal department. Each one has a separate ICU and maternity section. Dogs are further segregated based on the nature of their illness eg skin disease, respiratory infections, wounds etc. The cattle are sub-divided into cows and buffaloes. The birds into birds of prey, other birds, water birds, small birds.
Apart from inmates who receive treatment daily, cases brought in daily by SGACC's ambulance service are treated and homed in the IPD. People who cannot affort to pay treatment charges are also provided free treatment and temporary hospitalisation for their animals in the IPD.
While the Chairperson , Smt Maneka Gandhi, visits regularly and is actively involved, the day to day management is headed by the Hospital Director while veterinary services are supervised by the Medical Director. Each separate department has an administrative head.
The IPD is a 24 hour facility. Enclosures are cleaned, washed and disinfected daily. Spot cleaning continues throughout the day. A full time kitchen prepares food . SGACC endeavours to provide a balanced, nutritious diet for all its inmates with a healthy mix of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. The cattle get straw and green fodder mixed with choker , churi, gur and salt licks all through the day. The cats and dogs are fed twice a day. They receive dalia, bread , milk, rusk and occasionally eggs as one meal. The other meal consists of meat (received as hotel leftovers), vegetables , rice, bread, soyabean, onions , garlic, salt and turmeric powder. Pups and kittens are fed small meals throughout the day. Rabbits and birds get fresh fruit and vegetables. Monkeys get rotis and fruit. Ducks and peacocks get grain. Sheep and goats get leaf fodder.
IPD animals receive treatment daily.
The Out Patient Department attracts between 150 to 200 cases a day. Customers pay a small one time registration fee and then on all susequent visits only medicine costs are charged. Treatment cards are retained in the OPD to ensure continuity of the line of treatment.
Apart from providing treatment , doctors counsel owners on diet, hygiene and exercise. There is a separate vaccination centre in order to minimise the risk of infection to otherwise well animals. The OPD is a 24 hour service and there is a doctor and staff on duty through the night. Animals rescued at night by the ambulance are treated in the OPD at night and turned over to the IPD staff in the morning.
The IPD has ICU centres for both large and small animals where seriously wounded and sick animals are treated and lodged. The small animal ICU is equipped with 2 treatment rooms and 20 kennels. The ambulance brings in cases to the respective ICU for treatment and shelter.
The Operation Theatre is the hub of SGACC's ongoing Animal Birth Control programme wherein street dogs are brought in by the Municipality to be sterilised. SGACC first tests for their fitness to undergo surgery. Sick dogs are segregated for treatment. Sterilisation is performed by the flank spaying method. On an average 10 to 15 dogs are sterilised per day. Dogs are kept for a minimum of 5 days or until the wound is completely healed. They are given a course of antibiotics to aid healing. After healing , the dogs are vaccinated and released into the same area from where they were brought. Apart from sterilisation , the OT conducts major and minor surgeries and is equipped with an effective anaesthetic machine. The OT is regularly cleaned and sterilised.
Patients are referred for pathological tests by both OPD and IPD doctors. The laboratory is equipped with an X ray machine , sophisticated blood testing equipment and an ultra sound facility.
Dental hygiene for dogs is often overlooked. People just seem to expect dogs to have bad breath. Not true. Dental care is just as important to a dog’s overall health as nutrition and exercise. SGACC has newly introduced dental equipment to test, clean and treat canine teeth. Doctors have been especially trained to operate these state of the art machines and the Centre offers free dental check ups to all patients to avert or cure dental disease.
At SGACC we understand the grief of losing a companion animal. SGACC offers one of Delhi's only burial grounds for animals. Our caring staff provides burial services for pets in a quiet secluded part of the premises. Graves are freshly dug and the animal laid to rest in the presence of the owner. A fee is charged for this service. SGACC clients are entitled to a reduced fee. Space allowing , SGACC is contemplating offering saplings to owners to plant in memory of their companion animal.
Your stipulated donation goes to fund SGACC's free services for needy animals. In this way your pet helps to grant a new lease of life to other animals.
We also encourage you to adopt another animal. The best way to remember your pet is to open your heart and home to another and relive the joy of sharing and caring. When you are ready to adopt another animal , SGACC is glad to help you choose from among its many inmates. A homeless animal would get a good home and you'd get a best friend for free!
SGACC offers free training and internship opportunities to veterinary students, outstation doctors and staff from other shelters. In the past, SGACC has organised foreign veterinarian specialists to conduct training sessions on assorted subjects like avian medicine, fracture wounds and so on.
SGACC has about 300 cattle. These are not milked or worked, but fed and housed. Many of them have been rescued on their way to the slaughterhouse. The enclosures are lined with feed and water troughs. For the convenience of donors, SGACC has provided free space to a green fodder shop at the entrance. There is covered shelter for the animals in winter and bedding in the form of puraal is provided.
SGACC encourages people to care for and rescue street animals. People who cannot afford to pay for veterinary care for their animals are given free treatment. People who find and bring in animals that need treatment are also not charged. SGACC provides X-rays, ultrasound examinations and if necessary, surgery. On an average, SGACC treats 20-25 such charity cases a day.
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