Petition update

Victory -- Bangalore now has a stable ABC program!

Nandita Subbarao
Bangalore, India

Mar 23, 2021 — 

Thank you for signing my petition. I am relieved to see that Bangalore city finally has an ABC centre for each of the eight zones of the BBMP.

The road has been bumpy. For several years, some of the zones had no dedicated NGO to attend to ABC, and the street dog population kept growing. Then, after the tenders were finalised, Covid struck, and ABC came to a halt during the lockdowns. Later, it resumed in some zones, but the monsoons set in. Finally, the last zone -- Bommanahalli -- got its ABC facility in December 2020, and the ABC and ARV (anti-rabies vaccination) programs are now on in all eight zones.

In addition to this, under the stewardship of Spl. Commissioner Mr. D. Randeep and the participation of the Assistant and Deputy Directors, the BBMP Animal Husbandry department has become a more approachable entity, bringing in better facilities such as the dedicated Rabies Hotline for Bangalore. Apart from Goa, Bangalore is currently the only other place in India to have a dedicated hotline for reporting rabid and suspected rabid dogs for pickup and observation. The hotline operates from 9 to 5, Monday to Saturday, and can be reached at 6364893322.

THE ROAD AHEAD

Despite all this, we have miles to go. Only a little over half of the 3 lakh dogs were neutered as of December 2019. For any program to be effective, it needs the involvement of us citizens. Please keep an eye on every street dog in your neighbourhood and even in a couple of surrounding streets. If you spot a street dog with no ear notched, please contact the NGO for your zone.

INFO YOU CAN USE

- The complete list of ABC centres is available at the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/CitzensForABC/permalink/2315358578679665 or the page https://www.facebook.com/cabcblr/posts/891941644927978

- Alternatively, the list of veterinary inspectors for all zones is available at https://bbmp.gov.in/departmentwebsites/Animal%20Husbandry/contact.html -- they can guide you to the ABC centre for your zone. Or just call the BBMP Control Room and they will guide you to the contact for your zone.

- To know which zone you come under, please refer to https://opencity.in/data/bbmp-wards.

Once again, many thanks for supporting this petition, and let's work together to control Bangalore's street dog population, and make them safe for our community!

#NoMorePuppies #ABC #AnimalBirthControl


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