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July 14, 2015

Humane Society International and Animal Help Foundation celebrate sterilization and vaccination of more than 11,000 dogs in Jamshedpur

The charities’ Jamshedpur Communities Dog Population & Rabies Management Project reaches a milestone

Humane Society International, Animal Help Foundation

  • Animal welfare officers with the Jamshedpur Communities Dog Population & Rabies Management Project collect street dogs to receive treatment. Frank Loftus/HSI

  • An animal welfare officer with the Jamshedpur Communities Dog Population & Rabies Management Project moves a street dog into a temporary shelter. Frank Loftus/HSI

  • An animal welfare officer with the Jamshedpur Communities Dog Population & Rabies Management Project carries a dog to receive treatment. Frank Loftus/HSI

  • Veterinarians with the Jamshedpur Communities Dog Population & Rabies Management Project prepare to sterilize a street dog. Frank Loftus/HSI

More than 11,000 dogs have been successfully sterilized and vaccinated since April 2013 by the Jamshedpur Communities Dog Population & Rabies Management Project, making a huge impact on greater Jamshedpur’s dog population and rabies management. Humane Society International and Animal Health Foundation launched this three-year project with support from the Jamshetji Tata Trust and JUSCO.

Andrew Rowan, Ph.D., president and CEO of HSI, said: “This is a significant milestone and we’re well on our way to reaching goal of sterilizing and vaccinating 18,000 dogs in greater Jamshedpur. Sterilizing this number of animals is no easy task but our dedicated team of veterinarians and animal welfare officers has stepped up to the challenge and has achieved wonderful results that will improve the welfare of both the street dogs and the people of Jamshedpur.”

An April 2013 dog population survey of greater Jamshedpur conducted by HSI and AHF estimated the city’s dog population to be 25,000. With this baseline, the project has been designed with a target of 18,000 dogs to be sterilized and vaccinated to achieve 70 percent coverage within the project period of 3 years.

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The project’s achievements to date include:

  • Four dog population surveys conducted by HSI between April 2013 and May 2015 revealed the percentage of sterilized female dogs had risen from four percent to 47 percent.
  • The number of lactating female dogs dropped dramatically, from 13 percent to 0.6 percent.
  • The number of puppies is down from 13.3 percent to 2.6 percent.

The Jamshedpur Project, a project that is scientific as well as humane, is unique and stands apart from other animal birth control programs in the country in several aspects:

  • This is the first mass sterilization and vaccination program where dogs are caught by hand instead of the use of catching equipment such as nets or poles.
  • The Jamshedpur project utilizes a new, state-of-the-art data collection and management system, where a photographic record of every dog caught, plus GPS location and comprehensive clinical data from catching to release is kept.
  • With the GPS mapping, every dog is returned to the exact location from where they were caught and by doing this we have achieved a 100 percent success rate of returning the dogs.
  • Community education and engagement is integrated into every component of the project; during catching and release activities, the animal welfare officers engage with the community and raise awareness of dog-bite prevention and safe human-dog interaction.
  • An entirely new team of 10 animal welfare officers were recruited and trained in Jamshedpur to build a local capacity and ensure future sustainability of the project.

Among other animal welfare programs, HSI has extensive dog population management programs in many countries, including Bhutan, Philippines and Puerto Rico.

Media Contacts:

Chetasi Kane, ckane@humanesociety.org, +91 98258 11190

Joy Lee, jlee@hsi.org, +91 98522 45988

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