After four years of successful service in Delhi, JBF (India) Trust expanded its work to Guwahati, Assam in the year 2007. Main endeavour of the organisation in this North East Indian city was to provide humane service to all homeless and community animals through veterinary care, humane education and awareness. The organisation has been carrying out mass activities for rabies and population management under the banner ‘Humane Dog and Rabies Management Program’.
“I am associated with JBF since its inception as my husband Dr Sashanka being the founder member and managing trustee of this organisation. In fact, JBF is a brainchild of Dr Sashanka and we are still trying our best and nurturing it to let it grow and develop more and more. We really have struggled and crossed a lot of hurdles to reach where we are today and still a long way to go ahead…,” told Dr Smriti.
Main projects and animal welfare programmes taken up by JBF include: Mobile Veterinary Clinic Services, Rescue and Rehabilitation of Homeless Animals, Animal Birth Control and Anti-Rabies Vaccination (ABC-AR) Program under ‘Humane Dog and Rabies Management Program’, Awareness and Sensitisation Program, Training and Advocacy Program and Disaster Relief.
Dr Smriti who is veterinarian (surgery and radiology) from the College of Veterinary Science, Khanapara, Assam said that her husband Dr Sashanka has been her strength and driving force that keep going and doing animal welfare. She also mentioned that animal welfare is her profession and passion too!
Concerning the reasons for increased number of animals in the JBF shelter and measures to put a check on it, Dr Smriti explained, “Problem of increased population of animals in the shelter will keep on happening. Our organisational concept is Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre as there is no enough space in the shelter. Street dog population management programme should be followed strictly.”
There is no specific number of animals in the centre, except the post-operative animals; rest just comes in to get treated and then released to their locations. JBF’s next landmark plan for the year 2012-13 is to set-up a Humane Rescue, Education, Training and Research Centre – ‘Nurture Animal to Universe Relation in Environment (NATURE)’ in Guwahati. This would be the organisation’s new asset, increasing the space available and also to help imparting humane education to the society.
Dedicating their achievements to all helping JBF to provide welfare of the animals, Dr Smriti put her last but not the least humane words seeking your support to march on and on.
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