“Shelter for Animals at New Town, Rajarhat. The Shelter is a green oasis within the concrete jungle of the satellite township. Some 16-odd cows and about 55 dogs and sometimes a goat or two can be seen in varying postures around the place, well taken care of among verdant surroundings. “The dogs are mostly strays or those abandoned by their owners. We have picked them up from different locations in Salt lake or New Town either dying of starvation, dehydration or of some illness”, says Sonata’s founder, Mr Prannoy Dutta. Most of the dogs are kept in spacious kennels, bathed, fed and taken care of by volunteers – some of whom stay on the premises. “We allow the gentler of the dogs to roam free in the compound but we are compelled to keep most of them in kennels to protect our visitors from both their exuberance and sometimes aggression.” The cows at the shelter are mostly those who have been hit and injured by speeding vehicles on the Rajarhat Expressway. Sonata Foundation started a project with Bidhannagar Police to help these hapless animals. “The owners don’t want an injured or dying cow. They are unable to afford the treatment and most of the time these accident victims end up losing one limb or two. Such animals are often of no use to the owners. Most of these died on the road – often lying there unattended for days , bleeding to death.” The Sonata Foundation’s Shelter for Animals was set up in 2007 to help these animals. “We bring these injured animals to the Shelter and take care of them.