The National Dog Population Management and Rabies Control Project (NDPM & RCP) under the National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH) received the ‘Outstanding Animal Protection Award’ during the Annual Animal Care Expo held in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA from March 29 to April 2. Dr. Andrew Rowan, the CEO and President of the Humane Society International (HSI) presented the award.
The award was given in recognition for the excellent work carried by the Department of Livestock in animal welfare, sterilisation and vaccination of free roaming dogs in Bhutan. The project which was initiated in 2009 is a joint venture between the Department of Livestock and HSI on a 50-50 partnership. Till date, the project has sterilised and vaccinated about 65,000 numbers of dogs against Rabies.
The delegation comprising of Dr. Kinzang Dukpa, the Project Director; Dr. Hiruka Mahat, the Project Coordinator and Dr. Karma Rinzin, PhD scholar in Murdoch University attended the Expo.
Receiving the award on behalf of the Livestock Department, Dr. Kinzang Dukpa expressed his gratitude for the support and the recognition of the project and dedicated the award to the free roaming dogs of Bhutan.
Bhutan was showcased in the Expo as a shining example of joint venture between Royal Government of Bhutan and an international NGO. During the Expo, Dr. Karma Rinzin presented a case study on the project while Dr. Hiruka Mahat presented on ‘Networking for Impact’.
–Submitted by NCAH
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