BENGALURU: If you love your pet dog but finding it increasingly hard to keep them at your home because of apartment association rules, ensuring that your pet has a licence is one of the best measures you can take to make sure your pet is not taken away from you. A pet licence, recommended by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, is not yet mandatory in the city, but is likely to be made a rule soon.
Cubbon Park Canines (CPC), a group of volunteers, along with the BBMP, is organising a special drive for pet parents in the city where they can apply for a pet license with just their address proof, government identification and vaccination records of the pet. The license fee is `110 and there will be a form to be filled up. Along with the licence, you can also get your pet a health checkup and subsidised vaccinations at the spot.
According to Priya Chetty Rajagopal, founder of CPC, a license for your dog is the most responsible thing to do. “It is only a matter of time before it becomes mandatory like in other cities such as New Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai, as per Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) notification. In fact, just a few months ago, due to enforcement of this law in Hyderabad, an unregistered pet was taken away from his loving family & impounded under the charges of illegal possession of a pet. Why wait until the rush when it becomes mandatory and risk your unregistered pet to be impounded? Get it done now,” she said.
Speaking about apartment associations which unilaterally impose ban on pets, Priya said, “A valid pet licence will curtail those apartment associations who have illegally banned pets. Many pet parents living in apartments have complaints about how apartment associations are often inimical to pet owners and try to find ways to forbid people from keeping pets. Due to this illegal pressure, many pet dogs have been forcefully given up, creating a tragic situation for the families, rescuers & the dogs. Having a pet licence under these circumstances makes sure that they cannot use this as an excuse.”
The drive will not cater to breeders, however, as they have to get a different license as per the AWBI notification. “The `110 licenses are only for legitimate pet owners. Breeders and kennels or home breeders require a separate licence. “These kind of drives help in ensuring healthy dogs, as licences require vaccination records,” Priya said.
Cubbon Park dog park
9 AM to 11 AM
Free medical checkup
Subsidised name tags
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