Updated: Jan 2
In 2020, we did the first appraisal of BBMP AH under Mr Randeep 's time. It was the first time in India that a NGO rated a civic institution and animal welfare initiatives. There were many pluses, firsts, many initiatives and covid kindness.
It's been two years since then, and here's what we have noted :
ABC Numbers have increased, but seems marginal.
Better surgery quality, systems and openness to citizens
Good coordination with AHVS, helplines and SPCA
Slightly better responsiveness on social media, app etc , but not enough
Better response & data on missing dogs, deaths and relocations via the zones, except 1-2 NGOs.. Greater confidence
Being part of OneHealth raises the integration to overall health & focus on rabies
Rabies declared a notifiable diseased under Department of Health- so better logging of data & insights
GPS oriented pick up n drops is getting better - but need more improvement as packs of wrong drops
Strong representation at RWAs to protect street dogs . AD’s are informed, result oriented and helpful, very clear and firm r in refusing any relocation request
Rabies helpline functioning well and lower cases of rabies this year
Partnerships with Rotary and community organisations are good
Unable to get good NGOs for ABC- even existing good players like Sarvodaya, VSAWRD COVA are not AWBI certified, as BBMP not stepping up enough n their behalf . CUPA has walked out. Heavy dependance on Asra who has 60% of Bangalore area.
Large pockets of dogs in army, univ, park, PSU areas unaddressed
Canine Distemper Center not actioned 2 years after commitment given- CD dogs and pups multiplying and dying
Operation & implementation issues not resolved at centers
The much touted rescue vans n rescue support is near zero. Where are these mysterious vans?
Licenses for pet shops n slaughter houses. - a gray area
Opacity in sharing , and no transparency in abc n ARV numbers
No full time vets in ABC centers, so greater issues are there with part time snip and exit vets
Victoria Layout BBMP Hospital- prime land lying fallow last 5 years , getting encroached
No clarity on budgets, increase in numbers and citizen involvement
Poor coordination with BBMP Engg Division resulting in badly made centers like RR Nagar
No WVS or general training for bbmp staff and for abc contractors (WVS)
No increase in financial budget for AH, collaborative approach to fund allocation or involving citizens in exercise
No circulars and messaging to citizens on updates or issues. Social media close to zero
Too many changes in JD, DD etc - 5 in two years.
No Vision statement
Indie Dog Adoption Campaign Promotion signed off and abandoned
Pet Licensing on hold for 2 years now. This is critical to curb breeding and puppy mills
Awareness campaigns and RWA engagement focus is missing
FIR filed on behalf of feeders/rescuers etc is low
No full time representation for monitoring of centres on a daily basis in a few ABC centres
Zonal resistance to make timely payouts to ABC partners, resulting in time waste, poorer service
Promises on ABC camps to manage dense pockets of dogs, not actioned.
Rapport building with AWBI and Police is very slow. This shows up especially in ABC Partners and FIR's
May next Year be better-Safer, more, effective ABC and ARV, compassionate handling of community animals and humans , and better processes and systems to increase effectiveness.