GUWAHATI, Sept 7 � With a view to put a check on stray dog menace in the city, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has started the �Animal Birth Control and Anti-Rabies Vaccination� drive at the JBF office in Panjabari starting from September 6.
For this purpose, the GMC has entered into an MoU with JBF (India) Trust, commonly known as JBF of Just Be Friendly, an animal welfare organisation working on initiatives of rescue activities, rabies control, awareness drive and disaster response in the North-eastern region.
The GMC will target 4,500 street dogs for sterilisation and anti-rabies campaign by the end of March, 2015. However, this drive will be a continuous process even after the fiscal year is over.
Under JBF�s Rabies Control Programme, the main initiative is Animal Birth Control Operation and Anti-Rabies vaccination of stray dogs.
As part of the procedure, JBF teams pick up the animals from different parts of a city and bring them to its centre, operate them, vaccinate them and give �v�-shaped ear notch to each animal for identification and easy recognition. After post-operative care, the animals are released in the same area from where they were picked up.
Such an action is expected to have a direct effect on the community because reducing the stray dog population and vaccinating them will improve both human and animal life. Benefits of the operation includes reduced aggression in males, reduced urination and territorial marking, reduced wandering, reduced infighting between themselves, prevention of pyometra in female dogs, decreased incidence of mammary tumours and it also reduces human-animal conflict and bite cases.