Dzongkhag Livestock Sector under Tsirang Dzongkhag Administration is carrying out the Dog Population Management Program and Mass Dog Vaccination Program under the National Waste Management and Stray Dog Population Control Flagship Program. The program is implemented in collaboration with the National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH), Serbithang, the Regional Livestock Development Centre (RLDC) Wangdue, Dzongkhag Administration, Tsirang, and Gewog administrations of Tsirang. The program is tentatively scheduled from 1st to 17th June 2021 covering all the twelve gewogs in the Dzongkhag through three strategic DPM clinics located at Dzongkhag Veterinary Hospital (DVH), Mendrelgang RNR-EC, and Sergithang RNR-EC. The program is intended to improve the health and welfare of owned and stray dogs through responsible pet ownership and stray dog adoption; stabilize and maintain stray dog population to an acceptable and manageable level through Catch, Neuter, Vaccinate and Release (CNVR) program; eliminate human rabies and reduce risks of other zoonotic diseases from dogs, and prevent harm to environment and wildlife and reduce spillover infection to the wildlife population.
A pre-campaign dog survey was conducted in December to estimate the free-roaming dog population and sterilization coverage in the dzongkhag in December 2020. The finding from the survey helped to plan and develop strategies to implement the CNVR program.
A consultative meeting was conducted on the 5th of March 2021 with the Administrative heads and local leaders to inform, and garner support and commitment to this program. Through the consultative meeting, Tsirang Dzongkhag aims to achieve a target of 100% sterilization and registration of pet dogs, 90% vaccination against Rabies, and 100% sterilization of unowned dogs. In total, by the end of the program, it is expected to achieve the sterilization target of 1434 dogs that are unsterilized in the Dzongkhag.
Various communication strategies have been exploited to communicate the details of programs for benefit of the public. Tentative schedules will be intimated to Gups and the public through appropriate forums.
Reported by: RLDC, Wangdue