PCMC plans dog adoption camp

In what is being described as a novel solution to control the stray dog population in the Pimpri-Chinchwad area, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is planning a dog adoption camp.

The project is a joint initiative of the PCMC and animal welfare organisation, People For Animals. Manoj Oswal, honorary secretary, People for Animals, (Pune unit) said, "Instead of targeting individual dog lovers, it will focus on adoptions by industries. "We are trying to show them how they can use dogs for security."

The camp has been tentatively scheduled for December.

Oswal said the camp would see 100-150 dogs and puppies put up for adoption. It will feature stray or abandoned dogs from the PCMC area and each dog will vaccinated and neutered by the camp organisers. "Vaccinations will be done at a nominal price. Neutering will be done for free once the puppies or dogs reach the right age," Oswal added.

The camp is the brainchild of PCMC veterinary chief Dr Satish Gore. "This is a good way of reducing the number of dogs on the street," said Gore.

"Stray dogs have a good sense of security, adapt to most climatic conditions and are resistant to several health problems," he added.

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