BBMP-CUPA Animal Birth Control Centre

“A dog need not be purebred to give pure love”

In 2014, CUPA completed 20 years of active urban stray dog sterilization in Bangalore. This journey in particular has been an emotionally tough on all those involved in institutionalizing sterilization as a method of birth control.

Back in the early 1990’s, our community dogs were routinely caught and electrocuted indiscriminately as a means of controlling the population. This inhumane method also turned out to be ineffective, as stray dogs from Bangalore’s periphery would migrate to the city in order to fill the vacuum that is inevitably created where systematic garbage disposal is absent. After several years of meetings and follow up with the authorities, BBMP finally joined hands with CUPA in October 2000 to begin mass sterilization in the city. The very same facility that had electrocuted thousands of dogs was taken over by CUPA and renovated to include an equipped surgery room and secure kennels instead. Dogs continued to be caught but this time, it was done by trained CUPA handlers under experienced supervision.

Dogs that are brought in are placed in kennels and given food and water on the first day.

Dogs are then neutered on the second day by experienced vets, and allowed to recuperate on day three and four.

Just before release on day five, the dogs are vaccinated against rabies and then placed back in the area that they were picked up from.

In the fiscal year ending March 2014, a total of 6204 stray dogs were sterilized, averaging more than 500 dogs a month. Two vans are sent out each day to achieve this aggressive number, and is the only way by which any change could have been achieved.

Anti-Rabies Vaccinations (ARV)

Every dog that is sterilized, is also vaccinated. But what about the clipped eared dogs that were sterilized last year and the year before and the year before that?

Anti- Rabies Vaccination has to follow a yearly schedule, both in pet and stray dogs. CUPA has a separate team which does re-vaccination on dogs that have been vaccinated at the time of the sterilization operation. A team consisting of 2 catchers and one para-vet travel by auto and vaccinate the dogs on a regular basis. They visit the same wards in the same months, each year.  In this manner, the vast majority of community dogs are safe to live with us in our communities and the risk of rabies is under control.

ABC Beyond Borders

Though the BBMP’s jurisdiction is Urban Bangalore only, CUPA attempts to reach out to dogs that are outside the city’s periphery (where the population is also higher) to neuter, vaccinate and thereby protect them from disease and discomfort. We especially thank US based NGO Help Animals India for extending valuable funds that fueled rural ABC-ARC.

Reach Us

BBMP-CUPA Animal Birth Control Centre
Municipal Dog Pound
Koramangala
Bangalore 560 047
Tel: +91 82771 67314
Open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m, Monday to Sunday

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