If I were to mention the core reason for human-canine conflict, it will be overpopulation.
Dogs slowly drift towards areas of human settlements; looking for food, shelter and safety. As our world is getting more populated and the resources more limited, people are slowly moving towards bigger cities looking for better paying jobs to support their families back home. This mass movement of people into a few limited bigger cities has created not only pockets of densely clustered houses and shops, but also garbage (free food for stray animals) : the stray animals including stray dogs and cats followed. Our cities are getting more populated leading to an exponential increase in the number of stray dogs.
Dogs are not vile creatures. It is crucial to reduce the number of stray dogs to reduce the incidence of human-animal conflicts, leading to a better life for the animals and also to dramatically reduce the number of stray dogs. The only humane method of reducing the population of stray dogs is via a well structured Animal Birth Control (ABC) Programme.
So exactly how big is the problem?
If for average a healthy adult bitch gives birth to 4 puppies (2 male and 2 female average) and gives birth an average of 6 times (a very conservative number as they can give birth twice a year till the time the bitch is sexually active), one single female will give birth to 12 female puppies who in turn will each give birth to 12 female pups in their life time and so on! There is not even one single comprehensive survey in India that even tackled the herculean task of attempting a survey on stray dog population.
PAWCO's proudest moment was on November 16th 2018 when we did Allahabad districts first free for all community ABC Camp where we did 19 sterilizations (17 spay surgeries for females and 2 neutering surgeries for male). It was an almost impossible task of setting up a network of veterinary ABC surgeons (of whom none operate in the city), paravets, an OT complex and a Post-OP recovery unit, space for cooking and rooms for caretakers as we keep post op cases for 3-4 days before releasing them.
From a set of small backyard kennels to a group of like minded animal lovers who ventured into the community in 2016 leading to a full community NGO in 2018, PAWCO has come a long way and aims to establish a regular ABC programme in Allahabad.
What's our target for the 2nd ABC Camp and how much is it going to cost?
PAWCO will be doing Allahabad's 2nd ABC camp for 50 dogs in 2 batches over a 4 week period. It costs us around 3200 for a case. Since the infrastructure does not exist in Allahabad, booking tickets for the entire team of vets and paravets from Delhi and setting up an OT unit is an added cost. Hopefully we will be able to lower the cost of one surgery to 2500 as and when we gain more experience and have trained our local paravets in the discipline of ABC.
We at PAWCO have always stood by all our promises and we intend to deliver in our biggest promise too, that of setting up an ABC unit in Allahabad and we have already done 19 sterilizations to clearly express our intent. Support us in this much needed cause. It's going to benefit countless number of dogs. It would not only help in reducing the number of stray dogs, but also will have major health benefits. Female dogs will not die of diseases like uterine cancer, prolapse and pyometra and male dogs will have much reduced chances of sexually transmitted diseases and problems related to prostate like bladder infections and kidney problems. Stray animals rarely get any medical help hence it is important to reduce the incidences of such ailments that are also incidentally the leading cause of death and suffering in stray dogs after infections, malnutrition and accidents.
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