Mayhew International and HOPE & Animal Trust have reached the milestone of 70,000 neutered dogs in Ranchi, India. The efforts by the charities has meant that free roaming dog population has been controlled more appropriately, securing a safer environment for people and dogs.
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 per cent 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.”
Mayhew have provided a Community Education Officer to HOPE, who goes out to educate schools and communities in rabies prevention, the benefits of neutering and compassion towards animals in efforts to improve the lives of the animals and humans in their neighborhoods.