Estimated 20,000 human rabies deaths annually
& about 6 crore dogs on Indian streets:
how to coexist?
Stray Buddy is a platform to promote harmonious coexistence of humans and community dogs. It is based on tested models to facilitate self-managed community initiatives to humanely manage and control the free living dog population.
By demonstrating a holistic and practical approach with free resources, we encourage everyone who is interested to create a positive environment in their own area for dogs and people to coexist.
This approach has multiple welfare benefits for people and animals alike. It reduces perceived nuisance for residents and improves the health of the dogs.
We hope to inspire RWAs, feeders, caregivers, NGOs, municipalities, and other stakeholders.
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Are you a feeder or caregiver of stray dogs in your neighbourhood? Are you an elected representative of the Residents Welfare Association in your colony? Are you an NGO managing an overfull shelter? Are you a government official in charge of Animal Birth Control and rabies prevention?
Stray Buddy gives guidance to volunteers, organisations and officials based on hands-on experiences with community stray dogs
Stray Buddy shows you a practical way to manage community stray dogs with plug-and-play sample tools that you can download and customise. This will help you to keep track of sterilisations and vaccinations, create proper dog feeding places, raise awareness by engaging youth, training security guards and more.
Stray Buddy’s materials are for free because we want to inspire and encourage as many communities in India as possible.
Why Stray Buddy?
- Between 3-6 crore (30-60 million) stray dogs live on Indian streets (nobody knows exactly how many). The population seems to be steadily increasing, but scientific counts are lacking.
- The Government’s Animal Birth Control program is not implemented effectively. There is a lack of government funds and NGOs contracted to execute the program target 70% sterilisations per area, which allows for proliferation soon after their efforts seize.
- Rabies only recently (Sept 2021) has become a notifiable disease in India. Municipal vaccination drives are fragmented if at all organised and without coordination with feeders and caregivers a limited number of dogs can be immunized.
- Many stray dogs are left in unhealthy conditions and are suffering from preventable and easily treatable diseases and injuries. Some people say they cause nuisance and even menace. The root causes of human-animal conflict can lie on either the dog or the human side.
- Animal rights laws prohibit relocating dogs from their familiar territory. Shelters are overfull and find it difficult to sustain themselves financially. Healthy dogs should not spend their life here as their welfare is compromised – even if utmost care is given.
- Individual citizens who take self-responsibility and carry out their constitutional duty to be compassionate with strays are often harassed by fellow residents who are misinformed about dos and don’ts to attain harmonious coexistence.
The solution to many of these issues is domesticating dogs at the community level with a holistic and humane approach to population control and management. We truly believe that #coexistence is possible!
Our practical step-wise approach & resources that work for you
Identify strays and caregivers
Make proper feeding arrangements
Keep the stray dog population under control
Keep your area rabies-free and strays healthy
Raise awareness in your area