Kerala Animal Birth Control Programme Moves At A Steady Pace
20 Oct 2014
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Kerala is one of the few states that can boast of successfully and effectively implementing Animal Birth Control Programme and Sterilisation Drive. The program is being driven in a collaboration between Sathya Sai Orphanage Trust and Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project and already has sterilised nearly 500 dogs.
The project has been working on a steady track with the efforts of 5 fresh graduate veterinarians who have been trained to carry out the sterilisation programme. The doctors, along with 3 dog catchers, have been employed on a daily wage basis at the District Veterinary Center at PMG. Though is the sole operation center for the project, the government is considering to renovate an old government building at Kudappanakunnu and turn it into an operation and rehabilitation center for the street dogs. An allocation of INR 10 lacs has been earmarked for the same.
For an effective implementation, a ward based approach has been adopted. About a month ago, the
Medical Ward had been declared rabies free. Now Vattiyoorkave, Nettyam, Peroorkada and PTP Nagar wards are been taken up for sterilising and vaccinating the stray dogs in the area. The project aims to sterilise 1000 dogs by the end of this year.
In addition to this project, there are now two parallel programmes that are being carried out - one jointly by the government an Sai Gramam and the other by the City Corporation. Kerala is definitely setting up a perfect example for other cities for the implementation of effective Animal Birth Control Programmes without investing a lot of monetary resources.
Source: The Hindu