July 17, 2012
Sharing Humane Catching Skills in India
In recent years, the Indian government has increased the reach of its Animal Birth Control (ABC) program through local municipal bodies across the country. However, staff charged with implementation vary in their level of expertise. Our India team, in collaboration with the Animal Welfare Board of India, has completed several training sessions so far, including in Srinagar, Kashmir and Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
HSI is committed to improving the lives of street dogs, including through humane catching and handling—a step which is sometimes overlooked, but key to reducing the dogs' suffering. Last month, we carried out a special workshop on this topic in the northwestern state of Ludhiana, in Punjab, India.
Improved confidence and effectiveness
“The training program was a mix of rigorous theoretical and practical sessions. Hands-on exercises ensured depth of learning. Members of the dog-catching team were observed and teaching was personalized accordingly. By the end of the workshop, participants displayed confident catching using the new techniques,” said Soham Mukherjee, a humane handling expert with HSI/India. He added that senior catchers were just as enthusiastic as new recruits and that their zeal was invigorating.
The workshop was conducted in partnership with the Animal Welfare Board of India, Vets Beyond Borders and the University of Queensland, Australia for members of municipal bodies across five districts in the northwestern state. This covers several miles marked for the birth control program in northern India and stands to make a significant difference to thousands of dogs who will be caught for spay/neuter in the coming years. It was an excellent experience for all and demonstrated yet again the effectiveness of coming together for the good of animals. Give now to support our efforts.