Friends of IACC

This is a volunteer community project to fix, maintain and improve the "Integrated Animal Care Center, Auroville" so it can continue to care for stray dogs and other animals.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

What needs to be solved at IACC

Right now, IACC is acting as a safe space for strays protecting them from cruel treatment they might receive on the streets and ensuring that they get fed twice a day, but that's about it. These are the key small and big issues that need we have identified and will begin solving for the smooth function of current activities of IACC.

  1. There should be a way to separate the adult dogs in few different groups, keep the puppies separate, and the ability to isolate a dog who is a new arrival or has an infection that can spread to others. We have no way yet to isolate the dogs which is bad as they keep infecting each other, puppies get bullied by older dogs and at feeding they start fighting.
  2. There is a massive flea and tick infestation.
  3. There is no veterinarian on site and there is no medical care available for dogs unless Lorraine can schedule a house call with a local veterinarian which does not always happen.
  4. The evening feeding is done by the food delivery person, which means there is no food sorting and dogs don't get separated, which means some dogs might be not getting fed and there is a good chance of someone choking on a food item which should not have been present in the food.
  5. Dogs don't get any individual attention and the affection they need.
  6. Dish-washing happens in an un-shaded area, the procedure is clumsy un-necessarily difficult. Also, dogs always get into the soapy water which is not good for them.
  7. Food-sorting happens in an un-shaded area in the entryway and attracts a lot of scavengers.
  8. We think some of the dogs might have food related allergies but there is no way to confirm it.
  9. The clinic is sort of a dumping room.
  10. There is no adoption process and thus no outflow of dogs.
  11. There is no procedure to handle dog poop, food waste or garbage. Things are being burnt and dumped.
  12. There are no set schedules, procedures, documentation, lists, methods thus making it trickier for new people to get involved.
  13. There is no place outdoors apart from the double doors at the entry way where you can be without being swarmed by all the dogs, which can be a little too much at times.
  14. There is no means of transport for dogs available apart from booking a cab.
  15. There is no funding available.
  16. The property being ill-maintained in general. Wild grass is not being cut. There are wood piles which are unsightly and promote vermin. There are broken down and shabby structures. Even the current structures are  made without much thought and are in the way. Thatch roofs are great if maintained, but the way situation is, it is just promoting insect growth and definitely does not make sense in the clinic.
  17. There are no ready quarters for volunteers to settle and no communal space.
  18. There is no dedicated staff apart from Lorraine.
We have our work cut out for us!

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