Running around parks, play-fighting with one another and basking on car rooftops, street dogs are an integral part of India’s landscape. Millions of street dogs coexist with people in the country's thriving cities and villages.
However, the lives of street dogs are brimming with issues. They struggle with negative encounters with people who commonly assume them to be a ‘problem’, with those who are often terrified of being bitten by dogs, or in the worst case, of contracting rabies. Lack of awareness often leads to incidents of violence against dogs – including illegal killings; making for a miserable life for these street animals. Added to this, they are often faced with disease, starvation and neglect.
With our Rabies Free India programme, we seek to foster a positive relationship between dogs and people, and create a healthy ecosystem where both flourish. We aim to do this through a multi-pronged approach that involves all stakeholders - the government, animal protection groups and the community itself.
We undertake the following activities to this end:
- Community Engagement: We work with the local community, who are often parents to neighborhood animals, to develop a positive relationship between dogs and people.
- Anti-Rabies Vaccination Programmes: We push for mass ARV programmes at regular intervals for all street dogs in a society.
- Post-Bite Counselling: We set up centers for counselling of dog bite victims to prevent anger and misinformation driven violence/killing of dogs.
- Dog Bite Prevention Education: We work with the government to create opportunities for teaching kids and communities at risk methods to prevent dog bites and, as an extension, rabies.
- Animal Birth Control: We ask for monitoring committees to be set up at the state level to ensure a smooth running ABC programme. NGOs, activists and local corporations alike should be a part of these monitoring committees.
- On-Site First Aid: We work with a network of volunteers to provide immediate help to street dogs suffering from illness and injury.
This strategy is being actively implemented in our state networks - in Kerala, Punjab and Assam.
Rabies Free India, in line with WHO’s ‘One Health’ approach and the ‘End Rabies Now’ initiative, aims to ensure that better policies are put in place and communities empowered to provide quality care to animals, thereby fostering a positive relationship between communities and their resident animals, ultimately leading to the alleviation of the overarching problem of human-animal conflict.
The following organisations are in line with our vision for a Rabies Free India:
Our Partner Organisation
Rabies Free India Timeline
- Central government schools in India to start dog bite and rabies prevention education
- India’s first pug cafe in city shut for good
- KVs to Impart Lessons on Dog Bites and Rabies Prevention
- Rabies Free India: How to effectively address human-dog conflicts
- CANINE KILLING SPREE
- Human-Dog Conflict Experts Stresses on Vaccination
- Pun Govt initiates anti- rabies vaccination of dogs in 11 districts
- State Capital sees spurt in awareness on rabies prevention
- Kerala Government’s Novel Model Leads to Positive Impact on Street-Dog Issue
- Punjab Govt. Initiates Anti-Rabies Vaccination in 11 Districts