25 March, Thimphu: The dog population management campaign was launched in Thimphu today to ensure welfare of the dog population and reduce the numbers of free-roaming dogs and the risk of dog bites. The campaign through catch, neuter, vaccinate and release protocol will also promote responsible dog adoption and ownership through animal birth control and community engagement as well as manage feral dogs.
According to the press release from the Department of Livestock, the campaign is expected to reduce free-roaming dog population through 95% sterilization coverage in public places. It will also aim to reverse the ratio of owned and unowned dogs from existing 30:70 to 70:30 through adoption and achieve 100% registration and sterilization of owned dogs. It will further help the country to achieve zero dog-mediated human rabies by 2030.
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