Thimphu: The Thimphu Thromde in collaboration with the Department of Livestock (DoL), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests and Humane Society International (HSI) will be conducting a month-long mass sterilisation and vaccination campaign to control the increasing population of free roaming (stray) dogs in Thimphu Thromde from 1-31 July 2013.
The program will be launched with an opening ceremony on 29th June at the clock tower followed by a live panel discussion on the BBS TV on 30th June.
A detail program has been chalked out through several rounds of close consultation between the officials of Thimphu Thromde led by Dasho Thrompon, DoL and Royal Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (RSPCA). The DoL/HSI’s inputs are mainly into provision of technical services (extension materials and conduct of surgery), medicines, vaccines and mobilisation of surgery teams. The Thromde’s inputs are in providing logistic supports such as recruiting dog catchers, vehicles, fund mobilisation and taking overall lead in the program.
With the Thromde now taking a very proactive role and ownership of the program, it is expected to effectively reduce the free roaming dog population to a level that is sustainable and manageable in the future. The Thromde has committed that this event will be an annual feature henceforth.
The program with the slogan “Towards fewer and healthier dogs for a safer community” will cover around 4000 free roaming dogs. Besides, an intensive awareness program will be also organised through live television talk, live coverage by BBS, brochures and inserts for awareness and advertisements in print media and TV.
Three surgical teams with each team comprising of two veterinarians and para-veterinarians will work from Monday to Saturday at the National Animal Hospital, Chubachu until the end of the campaign. The dogs will be sterilized using the technique of Catch, Neuter, Vaccinate and Release (CNVR).
-Submitted by: National Centre for Animal Health, Serbithang
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