Chandi Heffner serves as president of both CDHIF USA and CDHIFI, both of which are nonprofit foundations. Under Chandi Heffner’s direction, CDHIFI offers free care to humans and animals in India without disturbing the traditions and culture of the local people.
Among the many programs offered by CDHIFI is its Village Program. Through the Daily Village Program for Humans, the organization sends doctors, a pharmacist, and support personnel to interior villages to provide care for those who are poor. The physicians conduct exams and rapid diagnostic tests, then write prescriptions, which the pharmacist fills on-site. The team also provides bandages and dresses wounds, as well as administers albendazole, which is used to treat infections resulting from worms.
Through CDHIFI’s Daily Village Program for Animals, the organization’s veterinarians examine and treat animals, write prescriptions when further medication is needed, and administer vaccines. Further, the team conducts fecal and blood samples to assist the veterinarians with diagnosis. As with the human program, the team’s pharmacist fills any prescriptions on-site.
Chandi Heffner leads the US-based CDH International Foundation (CDHIF) in providing funds and support to the CHD International Foundation India, which serves the Indian community through a variety of programs. Services delivered by CDHIF India include medical programs to treat a variety of diseases affecting animals and people. Ailments treated by CDHIF India, with help from Chandi Heffner’s organization, include theileriosis.
Caused by the blood-borne parasite theileria, theileriosis exclusively affects cattle and often results in the widespread death of livestock in areas where it is active. The parasite is most frequently transmitted through cattle ticks, which pass the disease from one animal to the next.
Cattle that become infected by strains of the theileria parasite in Asia develop symptoms such as lethargy, weakness, gum discoloration, and lack of appetite. Infected cattle also may display signs of fever and anemia in addition to enlarged lymph nodes. Furthermore, the parasite is particularly fatal to calves, and pregnant cattle may abort or give birth to stillborn infants. Treatment requires preventative tick control and early diagnosis due to the reduced effectiveness of vaccines in advanced stages of the disease. Veterinarians also recommend extended periods of rest in a minimally stressful environment, as movement and stress tend to exacerbate the disease’s progression and lead to death in advanced stages.
Indian pariah dog
Chandi Heffner is the president and founder of CDH International Foundation (CDHIF), a US-based organization that supports humanitarian, medical, and animal service projects for the private nonprofit society CDHIF India. Under Chandi Heffner’s leadership, CDHIF provides funding and support to a number of animal programs that benefit work animals, beloved pets, and stray dogs. India’s stray dog populations largely consists of individuals descended from an indigenous breed known as the Indian pariah dog.
Also known as the Indian Native dog or INDog for short, the Indian pariah is found throughout India and Bangladesh and possesses a history that dates back thousands of years. The dogs appear in numerous mythology stories and local folklore, and are generally regarded as one of the first domesticated breeds to serve as human companions. Additionally, some researchers consider the Indian pariah as the ancestors of the Australian dingo, the Israeli Canaan dog, and the New Guinea singing dog. Their traditional roles include hunting cohorts and companion animals to the people of India. Explicit details concerning the breed’s initial domestication, however, remain unknown.
Indian pariah dogs typically demonstrate even temperaments that make them sociable and friendly with people and other dogs, although they do not always tolerant pets of other species. Adaptable and easygoing, they do well in a variety of home environments provided they receive proper socialization and training as puppies. They also require a significant amount of exercise and mental stimulation due to their high energy level and intelligence. Appearance-wise, Indian pariah dogs resemble short-haired spitz breeds with pointed ears, a curled tail, almond-shaped eyes, and double-coat fur that ranges from brown to reddish-brown.