Make Delhi canine rabies free. Not by killing dogs but by participating in the ABC program

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The ABC (Animal Birth Control) programme is being run by the MCD with the help of NGOs for the last two decades but program seems to have failed as the stray dog ppopulation has inceased manifold. 

The way the programme is being implemented is quite faulty. The following are the gaps in the system:

1 there is hardly any awareness about the programme among the common people of Delhi. The RWAs majority of them don't know that relocation of dogs is a punishable offence and that the only way they can solve the dog problem in their colony is by getting them sterilised. 

2 the caregivers or the people who feed the dogs also don't know what to do with the dogs. And they often face resistance from the other residents who are scared of dogs. There are constant fights in colonies and the situation has become very severe in recent days

3 the NGOs who carry out Sterilization and vaccination of dogs are just a handful hence they are overburdened. 

4 rabies is a deadly disease but one which can be easily prevented and unfortunately the MCD has not tackled this well

What should be done:

1 bring people's participation by bringing direct collaboration between the NGOs and the RWA. The RWA should take the help of the caregivers / feeders of their colony in getting the dogs picked for Sterilization and vaccination

2 bring right awareness about rabies. Dogs do not bite without provocation and only a dog bite of a rabid dog causes rabies. A normal dog can be kissed, licked, patted, huggesd and cajoled. A bite or a scratch from such a dog will never cause rabies. To ensure the dogs are rabies free the colonies can organize annual anti rabies vaccination program with the help and support of the caregivers / feeders. This way the children, adults and every person in the colony is safe. All we need is people's participation and positive approach towards dogs which is considered man's best friend.