Our clinic was originally intended to treat homeless dogs only. Many are brought in having been hit by vehicles, beaten, and/or with a variety of serious illnesses. Surprisingly, though, there has been an unanticipated high number of "owner dogs" brought in for treatment. More than any other shelter we know.
Before we opened there were no small animal specialists within 75 km's of Tiruvannamalai. As the reputation of the Shelter has grown, more and more "owner dogs" are being brought in for treatment. Regularly we get people from as far away as 100 kilometers. This is in addition to the ABC Sterilization activity.
We usually have between 150 to 250 puppies and adult dogs brought to the clinic each month. A number are brought in for treatment more than once. The number of so-called "visits" (If one dog were brought in three times, it would be counted as three "visits") vary between 200 and 350 each month. At the end of May 2013 we had treated over 3600 "owner dogs".
We will treat any small animal in need. There is a government veterinary hospital that treats larger animals but when situations arise where a large animal needs care and we are the only ones that can provide that care we will, of course, treat the suffering animal.
Through May 2013 we have treated 1,739 animals other than dogs: 311 cats, 463 birds, 359 cows/calves, 339 goats, lambs & sheep, 14 horses, 2 bullocks, 27 donkeys, 3 pigs, 67 monkeys, 12 squirrels, 80 rabbits, 3 eagles, 18 parrots, 24 peacocks, 6 deer, 2 snakes, 5 turkeys, 1 owl and 4 ducks. Our clinic is open seven days a week. And we provide emergency services 24 hours a day.
Almost all services are provided free of cost. However people with owner dogs are asked to pay a small amount, but are given free care if that is difficult for them. There is no charge for homeless dogs or wild animals. And we provide free medical treatment (and family planning) for life for dogs or puppies adopted from the Shelter to encourage their adoption.