Love and Care for Animals, an NGO looking after the welfare of animals will launch a series of programmes to create awareness on stray dogs before the beginning of animal welfare fortnight on January 14, 2016.
Head of the NGO Susmita Roy said desertion of pets had become a major problem in the city. People buy pets and then leave them outside.
“We are receiving complaints about desertion and torture on pets every day. Recently, a Great Dane was deserted by its owner and we had to rehabilitate him. We had to initiate action against an owner who used to chain his Labrador on the roof and unable to bear the heat the dog used to bark.” She said dogs like Labs, GSD, Boxer, and Spitz along with a host of others figures in the list of desertion. “Awareness is required so that people come forward and offer them shelter,” she said.
The NGO will set up a stall in the three-day Sapuiparamela in Dhakuria where leaflets containing animal welfare laws will be distributed. The fair will start from Monday. There will be a corner to adopt stray dogs. “Many people have come forward and have adopted stray dogs,” said Roy. It may be mentioned that many people have taken moves to feed stray dogs daily and these dogs are vaccinated and sterilised at their cost.
The camp will be followed by seminars and workshops in the city and Howrah where the main theme will be organising a movement against crackers that affect animals violently.
There will be sterilisation and vaccination camps. Besides love and care for animals, two other NGOs, IADL (It is a dog’s life) and Like a Dog will actively participate in the drive. The stray dogs will be given anti-rabbis vaccine. Finally, two rallies will be held from north and south Kolkata on January 31 and they will converge at Sealdah where a street play on cruelty against animals will be enacted.