Sharda left her job as a teacher and devoted her soul and time to Chaaya. The hospital cum shelter is set up on 2 acres of land, which is now a go to place for all animal lovers for treatment, ABC, shelter, love and care.
The vision and mission of Chhaya is to do the utmost possible and improve the health of animals living under stressful conditions. Since 2008 approx 20,000 animals have been treated at Chhaya, all free of cost. The hospital has one full time veterinary surgeon and many vets on call, air conditioned OT, 66 large well ventilated kennels, where animals under treatment are kept and looked after, 24 dedicated employees on site, including trained para-vets and maintenance staffs.
Chhaya has two dedicated pick up/rescue vans for picking up animals that need treatment and/or admission, after getting calls on dedicated numbers. The kennels house four-five dogs each, who are taken in for ABCs or treatment and are released post recovery at the exact points from where they were picked up.
There are separate enclosures for dogs that are accident victims, puppies and those that are terminally ill.
Chhaya picks up a large number of abandoned pedigree dogs, which owners give up on for various reasons and these dogs stay back at Chhaya. The hospital is now home to approx 500 dogs and a few other animals as well.
Chhaya is run entirely on voluntary donations and is facing a severe cash crunch. The cost of running the organisation is about 6.5L a month, which is difficult to manage with voluntary donations only.
Now Chhaya needs to reconstruct the roof of the shelter where the animals reside and this requires around 4L worth of funds.