The Community Animal Birth Control (CABC) and Mass Dog Vaccination program is underway in Nganglam Dungkhag, Pema Gatsel Dzongkhag. The primary objective of the program is to ensure the welfare of the dog population, control the population of stray dogs and/or reduce the number of free-roaming dogs to a manageable level, and to prevent canine-related diseases especially Rabies. Nganglam Dungkhag which is bordering the Assam state of India and due to a steady increase in the human population, the number of free-roaming dogs has increased so much over the years which leads to increased risk of rabies and dog bites especially to the school-going children.
The campaign through the catch, neuter, vaccinate and release protocol is aimed to reduce the free-roaming dog population through 95% sterilization coverage in public places. It is also expected to achieve 95% vaccination coverage and help the country to achieve zero dog-mediated human rabies by 2030.
Currently, the CABC clinic is installed at Thromde veterinary hospital and satellite laboratory in Nganglam. The program will be extended to Dechelling, Norbugang, and Choekorling Geogs of Nganglam Dungkhag with the clinics being set up at Geog centers to reach out to the maximum clients. The program was launched on 5th of April and will continue till 14th of April 2021. The general public is requested to take their dogs (pet and community) to the clinics for sterilization and vaccination against rabies.
The program was organized by Reginal Livestock Development Center, Kanglung in coordination with Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Pema Gatshel and with the fund support from National Waste Management and Stray Dog Population Control Flagship Programme at National Centre for Animal Health, Thimphu.