Our furry and feathered friends now have a haven to turn to in times of emergency. A 24/7 animal hospital-cum-shelter opened its doors at Torankel village in Khunti, some 30km from Ranchi, on Thursday.
Praveen Ohal — the chief executive officer of Hope and Animal Trust that has come up with this Rs 10-lakh facility — said it would cater to all injured and sick stray animals and birds, besides domesticated ones and pets.
“The hospital is divided into two sections — a boarding facility for all ailing animals (pets included) and a rescue centre dedicated to strays alone,” Ohal said.
The facility boasts both primary and secondary care. The former takes care of first aid needs, while the latter includes an OT, an X-ray centre and test lab. A full-time vet, his assistant and two others will man the shelter and hospital.
“Our very first patients are two canines. One is recovering from leg injuries,” Ohal said, adding that boarding was chargeable. “We have decided to charge a nominal fee for domestic animals and pets. This will help us generate revenue for free medicines for strays and hospital maintenance.”
Animal husbandry director A.G. Bandopadhyay, who inaugurated the facility, maintained that the department was now exploring possibilities of a tie-up with the NGO.
Earlier this year, the department had promised to set up pet clinics in Ranchi and elsewhere, but the plan hasn’t hit the drawing board yet.