Stray Animals

Stray Animals

PMC taking dogs for sterilisation

PMC taking dogs for sterilisation

PMC van

PMC van

Annual vaccination

Annual vaccination

Catching dogs for sterilisation

Catching dogs for sterilisation

Sterilisation at private clinic

Sterilisation at private clinic

DGPS has a large volunteer group that works with the PMC as well as independently to sterilise and vaccinate street dogs in and around Prabhaag 36. From 2012 till 2016, more than 600 stray dogs have been sterilised.

Adoption camps are also held regularly for stray puppies and kittens to find homes. The animal network around the city has been well knit over the past few years to coordinate efforts on rescue, adoption, sterilisation etc.

The stray dog issue keeps coming up in our conversations with fellow residents of the ward – with dog lovers as well as those who think stray dogs are a nuisance.  Stray dogs are a present in large populations all over India, and our ward is no exception. Stray dogs can be found in areas having exposed garbage and in slums.

Street dogs are almost always harmless. In fact they serve as watchdogs for the lane or society as they bark at suspicious strangers entering the territory at night. They also keep the rat population in control. However there have been occasional cases of aggression towards humans due to which people regard all stray dogs as a ‘menace’.

This problem has to be understood before it can be tackled. Stray dogs get aggressive under two circumstances – when a male is moving in a pack during the mating season and when a female is guarding her pups.

Eliminating these two causes can reduce attacks on humans by dogs.

THERE ARE NO “QUICK FIX SOLUTION” TO STRAY DOGS

There is no “Quick Fix solution” to stray dogs. If there was one, it would have
worked hundreds of years ago, and stray dogs would have become extinct.
Stray dogs breed and live in and around human habitations – wherever there are
people there are dogs.
Efforts to completely rid territories of strays, or ‘throwing away’ or otherwise
harming their young, does not usually have the desired effect. This is primarily
because vacated territories which are vacuums are always taken up by other
dogs – there are too many of them. This cycle continues and the only way to stop
it to “domesticate” the dogs that are already present in your area and get them
sterilized and vaccinated. These dogs will guard your area from other dogs
which may be rabid or unsterilised.

RATIONAL SCIENTIFIC SOLUTION

A rational, scientific, but slower solution to the problem of stray dogs has been
recommended by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.), and has been
demonstrated to be the only effective solution.

The W.H.O. recommends systematic sterilization, vaccination and community level adoption of dogs for effectively reducing dog population and aggression in dogs, and eliminating the risk of rabies.

Relocating stray dogs is not recommended. Dogs are released back in the areas they
were picked up from, because they guard their territories and prevent other (possibly un-sterilized, un-vaccinated) dogs from coming in. This also serves to keep the dog population in a community in check.

Please remember dogs do not usually bite without provocation.
Dogs may bite when,
• they perceive aggression on your part, such as a raised stick, or bending to pick a
stone,
• if you try to touch/catch them,
• in a bid to protect their owner’s, or their own territory, or their food/source of
food,
• mothers may bite to protect their young ones.

Simple tips for those who fear dogs.
Be calm and confident in the presence of dogs
Do not run when you see a stray dog, or walk too fast. Do not stare at them. Just let
them be – they’ll let you be.
World wide statistics reveal that pet dogs are far more prone to biting than are strays.
Dogs are classified as companion animals. They are usually friendly to humans, and
are almost always more scared of you than you are of them.

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