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I'm a landrace dog fancier, birder and amateur arachnologist. Founder of the INDog Project (www.indog.co.in) and the INDog Club. Before that, worked with urban free-ranging dogs of Mumbai from 1993-2007. Also a wildlife conservationist working in the tiger reserves of central India with Satpuda Foundation.

This blog is for aboriginal breed enthusiasts. It is part of the INDog Project www.indog.co.in. Only INDogs (Indian Pariah) and INDog-mix mongrels are featured here. The two are NOT the same, do please read the text on the right to understand the difference. Our aim: to create awareness about the primitive natural breed called the Indian Pariah Dog/INDog. I sometimes feature other landrace breeds too.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dislocation 2 - The Animal Birth Control (ABC) Programme

This is the official dog population control programme in India. It's been in force in Mumbai since 1994.

For this programme to succeed, it is critical that dogs are returned to their original location after neutering and vaccination. This ensures that the dog population is not destabilized. The dogs guard their territory against newcomers for their life-span, do not breed or show the behaviour problems associated with mating aggression, and over the years the population gradually reduces.

Anyone familiar with the behaviour of free-ranging dogs would know that this is really the only long-term solution to the "street dog problem." There are certain conditions that have to be met though - a high rate of operations, a vigorous public education campaign, high standards of surgery and post-operative care, and
release of the dog in its own territory.

The programme was successful in my area (in south Mumbai) and some other parts of Mumbai. I was actively involved in it for 14 years and tried to supplement the catching done by NGOs and the municipal corporation, by taking dogs for surgery in my own car every week. No pup had been born on my street for years. The dogs were aging, fed well by several kind people, and the population was reducing naturally.

Today thanks to displacement, I feel that much of our hard work has been undone. There are actually more dogs near my house now than there were three years ago!


Do read more in Dislocation 3

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