Glowing in the dark: Stray dogs in Bengaluru to get reflective collars

Glowing in the dark: Stray dogs in Bengaluru to get reflective collars

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2017-02-03 09:35 File Photo: Keshava VitlaBengaluru:  Here’s some good news for stray dog lovers in the city. Unikorn, an online pet management application, in collaboration with Sarvodaya, a Govt. ABC (animal birth control) Center in the city, have started a campaign called 'Circle of Life'. According to the campaign, each stray that comes for sterilisation will be collared with a reflective collar. There are 700 stray dogs which come to Sarvodaya every month for sterilisation.According to the BBMP’s 2007 dog census, Bengaluru had 1,83,758 stray dogs (1,05,466 male and 78,292 female) and over 1,43,522 pet dogs. Activists say that dog numbers had multiplied since the last census.Karthik, a member of Unikorn, said these reflective collars would reflect light hence making them visible to the driver of the speeding vehicles at night. “In the poorly lit streets, drivers are unable to see the dogs and end up running over them. This is very sad. On an average 15 road accident cases are reported every week. With the help of this campaign we aim to reduce these road accidents by 80� he said.Karthik said the idea for the initiative occurred when they were donating reflective collar belts during Bengaluru Opts to Adopt Christmas Campaign. "On Christmas eve, we donated 150 reflective collar belts to Sarvodaya ABC center” said Karthik. Dr Akshay, Chief veterinary doctor and Co-Founder - Sarvodaya ABC Center, shared that there is quite an increase in the no. Of road accidents of the street dogs.Karthik said “Since Sarvodaya being an an Animal Birth Control center and there being 700 dogs per month coming in for sterilisation, made it a perfect spot to collar community dogs in large number. It’s also becomes easier to put a reflective collar to the dog right after the sterilization and so we are running this campaign “Circle of Life” to donate 700 reflective collars every month to Sravodaya. Our aim is to collar 8400 community dogs in Bangalore this year.”Also, Karthik added that Unikorn is always striving for the welfare of animals and would like to extend the support for all the animal welfare activities.Anyone can contribute for this initiative.Animal lovers can download the Unikorn app through Google play store (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.unikorn.unikornapp) and contribute for the initiative. More information is available at www.myunikorn.in.Unikorn (www.myunikorn.in) is an online pet management application. Get the best of products and services. Order pet food and accessories, book a veterinary appointment at home/ in-clinic, a stay at a phenomenal boarder, a session with an exceptional groomer, a slot with talented trainers and much more.