BENGALURU: The city, often described as being one of the most compassionate in the country when it comes to caring for pets and strays, has very few pet owners who have voluntarily applied for a licence for their dog so far. According to CPC, in 2016, the BBMP issued only 200 licenses across Bengaluru, while the number of pets is far more than this paltry figure.
“In our first drive, over 235 dog licenses were issued in just a few hours and we had to send back people as we could not handle the rush. Consequently, in other drives in Sahakarnagar and Domlur Dog Park, around 550 licenses have been issued,” said Priya Chetty-Rajagopal, Founder of CPC. “It is better to get it done before the rules are brought in to avoid long queues and possibly even pay more money to get the licenses later,” Priya said.
At the drive on Sunday, to help pet parents find their missing pets easily, subsidised pet ID tags, which bear the pet’s name, parent’s name and phone number, will also be made available, along with other accessories like biodegradable poop bags and scoops. “Everyday, we hear stories of lost or missing dogs & frantic pet parents running helter-skelter to find them. If a dog has an id tag, which carries their name, their parent’s name and phone number, then the chances of the pet being reunited is greatly increased,” Priya said.