This programme is carried out at the kennels provided by the municipal corporation
of Mumbai. On an average we carry out 150 sterilisations a month. We have neutered over 27,000 stray dogs.
In Mumbai all the South and Central Mumbai municipal wards have been allocated to us for this programme.
The procedure: We follow the guidelines of the World Health Organisation and the Animal Welfare Board of India (Ministry of Environment &
Forests). Stray dogs are caught by the catching staff of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation by the sack-and-loop method.
Many are also brought in by our team and volunteers. A number of dogs are also brought by the street and slum-dwellers who
look after them.
Dogs who are in good condition are then surgically neutered by qualified and experienced veterinary surgeons. Ovario-hysterectomy
is performed on the females and castration on the males. We believe that animal care should follow very high standards, therefore
a lot of emphasis is placed on hygiene and cleanliness. The operated dogs are kept for a period of 7 to 10 days, until they are
completely healed. Post-operative care is given by our veterinary physicians. The diet at our centres is vegetarian, and includes
recipes for dogs with special dietary needs.
A permanent identification mark is tattooed in the inner thigh of each dog we sterilise. (Tattooing is done while they are under
general anaesthesia, on the day of the surgery). The mark is a “W” along with the month and year of surgery. The dog's ear is also
notched while it is under anaesthesia.
The dogs are then vaccinated against rabies and released, either by the Corporation catching staff or by our volunteers.
Although operating females has more immediate results on the dog population, we believe it is very important to sterilize males
as well, since this reduces barking, fighting and aggression. We maintain a 60:40 ratio.
Dogs who are not fit for surgery are treated by us and operated only when they are in good health.
The results of our work can be clearly seen in the areas we have covered, especially South Mumbai, where the number of dogs and
the number of dog-related complaints have reduced perceptibly over the years. The number of human rabies deaths has also dropped
by over 50% since the programme was implemented.
What makes our sterilization programme unique:
Stringent hygienic procedures are followed to ensure the safety of each dog. Great
attention is paid to post-operative care.
To sterilize the maximum number of dogs in an area, we make contact with
street - dwellers and slum - dwellers and persuade them to have their dogs neutered by us.
We encourage the public to get involved in the programme. For instance, we meet
citizen’s groups and ask them to have their neighbourhood dogs sterilized by us.
Our dogs are tattooed in the inner thigh with the month and year of sterilization,
so we can revaccinate them annually.