Recently, a group of women have taken the lead to help control stray dog menace in Hyderabad city. Due to increase in dog-bite cases in the city, women groups are extending a helping hand to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) in sterilization and vaccination to reduce stray dog menace.
Women groups come to rescue stray dogs
Sudha Gorthi, Vibha Kalyanpurkar, Nisha Rathore and Kainaz formed a group ‘Sainikpuri Cares for Strays’ to keep a check on stray dog menace and their rescue. They make sure that the dogs are photographed before being taken for sterilization/vaccination. They also feed the dogs once they are brought back to the area.
Initially the group had to shell out money from their pockets to get the dogs sterilized by a private veterinarian but now they have tied up with the GHMC dog catching squad.
Mr. Goverdhan Reddy, veterinary officer, North Zone said, “We appreciate the work of the group. Unless there is people’s participation civic issues cannot be solved.”
Sudha said, “By photographing the dogs we ensure that they are safe. 30 dogs have been sterilized till now. We hope other colonies take up such initiatives too.”
Another group led by P Padmaja who ran the Caring Hands for Animals (CHFA) has been mobilizing women in and around Ramky Towers near Gachibowli in spreading awareness and coordinating with GHMC dog catching squads to make sure that the dogs are sterilized.
J D Wilson, assistant director, veterinary section, Central Zone said, “It is a welcome trend of women groups in colonies taking interest in curbing dog menace. If the dog population is not controlled, the problems would only increase.”
According to a survey conducted by GHMC in 2011
There were over 5 lakh stray dogs in the city. Women groups ensure that the dogs are treated well and are released back into the area. As per the Animal Welfare Board of India, stray dogs need to be sterilized, vaccinated and de-wormed before being released in the same area.
Meghna, a dog lover and resident of Sarva Sukhi Colony in Marredpally says, “One of the reasons why we see so many coming out to help curb strays is the fact that women are very sensitive and do not want to see animals treated with cruelty.”
Source: The Hans India
We salute all the women who participate to rescue stray dogs and come forward to find help for these voiceless souls. We feel proud to wish all women dog lovers, volunteers and pet owners, a very Happy International Women’s Day!
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