An international project involving Mayhew International, HOPE and Animal Trust has neutered 70,000 dogs in Ranchi, northern India, in nine years.
The project hit the milestone on World Spay Day (27th February 2018) where it neutered a further 40 dogs.
Mayhew International has funded the Animal Birth control and Vaccination programme with HOPE since 2008 in an effort to contain and control the free-roaming dog population in the city. This new milestone works towards their goal of creating a safe and secure environment for both dogs and people in the region.
Mayhew’s CEO, Caroline Yates, said, “We believe that educating communities is the key to spreading the word about rabies prevention, safe interaction with community dogs, compassion towards animals and the benefits of neutering.
“We have funded the Animal Birth Control and Vaccination programme in Ranchi, India that has so far neutered just over 70,000 dogs in just over nine years and reached to over 381,000 children and adults with our message.
“A dog population survey carried out at the end of 2014 noted that more than 74% of the free-roaming dog population were identified as neutered. In recent years there has been a huge reduction in the number of recorded cases of canine-mediated rabies in humans in Ranchi City resulting in zero recorded cases in 2017, which shows the impact of our programme and the intensive rabies vaccination drives of Mission Rabies with whom we collaborate.”
Since 2014, Mayhew International has also funded a Community Education Officer for HOPE, who goes out into communities and schools to educate children and adults on compassion towards animals, rabies prevention and the benefits of neutering.