Animals/ Pets

Do you know the guidelines for pet owners or caregivers

In the eyes of the law, everyone is equal. In Article 51A(g), the Constitution of India, it is a duty to be compassionate to all living creatures.

In my prior blog I discussed the importance of dogs to our daily lives. Dogs have benefited us in many ways, from the health benefits of dogs to their social and attitude development. I also gave some examples of dogs being heroes in our everyday life, and invited people to share stories about their dog heroes. Our social media channels were flooded with dog stories, selfies and photos showing love for your dog.

As the number of dog-owners increases, conflicts can arise between pet owners and those who care for stray animals, such as Resident Welfare Associations, Apartment Owner Associations, etc.

Article 51A (g) of Indian Constitution

The law treats everyone equally. Article 51A (g) of India’s Constitution enshrines the duty to show compassion towards all living creatures. It calls on all citizens of India and the law of the land to protect non-humans. As non-humans too, dogs also have these rights. Therefore, everyone must know that the Animal Welfare Board of India has laid out guidelines to help pet owners and caregivers protect these rights.

Owners of pets should follow these guidelines

Pet owners have the right of considering their pets to be family members. However, they are advised to ensure that their pets do not cause a nuisance to other people.

It is normal for dogs to bark, which must be tolerated by society. It is up to the dog owner to do everything possible to keep their dogs quiet at night, especially.

Owners of pets should ensure that they are clean, healthy and receive regular vaccinations. As our country is overrun with dogs, sterilizing them is best.

Petners, dog walkers or caregivers cleshould an up after their pets defecate in public places and contribute to other ways of maintaining cleanliness. It is recommended that they take the initiative to discuss with RWAs and AOAs how to dispose of pet excrement.

It is recommended that pet owners keep their animals on a leash at all times in public areas. This ensures that the pet is not run over by cars on the street or, worse, be the cause of an accident. The leash also makes the passerby feel safer and more comfortable.

RWAs and AOAs cannot prevent a pet-owner from using lifts or elevators to transport his/her pets. Pet-owners are advised to not object to the use ‘alternate elevators’ in buildings with more than one lift that is easily accessible.

Guidelines for care-givers of stray animals

It is recommended that caregivers who feed stray dogs participate in the sterilization and annual vaccination of these dogs, since they have gained the trust and confidence of the dogs through feeding. It is also recommended that they provide animal health care or assist animal welfare groups.

It is advised that caregivers do not feed stray animals near residences. It is also recommended that caregivers avoid feeding stray animals in areas with children playing, where people are walking, or are otherwise crowded. Feeding should also not contribute to littering and dirtying of feeding sites. After feeding, caregivers are encouraged to clean the feeding site.

It is recommended that caregivers keep the sterilization and vaccination records of dogs they feed and care for up to date and easily accessible. Share the information with your RWAS or AOAs and other residents. This will increase the acceptance of the dogs.

The excretion of stray animals is beyond the control of their owners. They are encouraged to take part in other ways of maintaining cleanliness.

Ahimsa & Non-violence

  1. In our country, ahimsa is a virtue that we uphold. These doctrines have allowed people to coexist peacefully with animals and live harmoniously. It is important to have a law that regulates and controls everything. It helps people to be more responsible and obedient. These guidelines will help you to make life better for dogs, by vaccinating/sterilizing them. They can also help create a peaceful and friendly world.

What’s next

My next blog will share the guidelines with Resident Welfare Associations, Apartment Owner Associations and Stray Dogs. Keep an eye out for updates on #Betterwithdogs. Please share your thoughts on this article.