The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust has funded a proposal of Humane Society International (HSI), USA, Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India (APCRI), Bangalore and Animal Help Foundation (AHF), Ahmadabad, who are jointly working to reduce number of human rabies deaths, number of dog bites, enhance the welfare of the community/ street dogs and to improve awareness in society on rabies. To meet the above objectives, JUSCO along with HSI and APCRI have planned several activities like Social Preparation, Massive Information Education and Communication (IEC), Dog Population Control, Adoption Program, Dog Population Census & Vaccination, Establishment of Rabies Diagnostic Laboratory, Surveillance, Dog Bite Management, etc. in Jamshedpur.
The programme was inaugurated by Mr Sunil Bhaskaran, Dy. VP (CS), Tata Steel and Mr Ashish Mathur, MD, JUSCO on 20 August 2013 at the Stray Dog Sterilization Centre at Baridih. This is the second such programme in India, after it was launched at Ahmadabad.
The Stray Dog Sterilization Centre at Baridih was first inaugurated in 2007 to take care of street dog sterilization in town. Since then JUSCO has sterilized around 10886 dogs till date. But inspite of this effort, controlling dog population with sterilization rate of 1800/ year was getting difficult. Also, controlling street dog migration was a huge problem. To take care of the above problems, JUSCO has launched this new programme which will help in controlling dog menace in town. The programme will cover not only the company command area but also Mango, Jugsalai and Adityapur. Under the new programme following activities will be conducted:
- Awareness on rabies in schools and localities
- Anti rabies vaccination centre
- Targeting dog sterilization locality wise
- Increase in per day sterilization
- Dog population census