PAWS collar strays to keep them safe at night


SUMMIT REPORT

Namchi, 24 Jan: PAWS-Sikkim [People Animal Welfare Society], a Gangtok-based animal welfare organization, has put reflective collars on more than 50 stray dogs at MG Marg, Namnang,

Tibet Road and Vajra as part of their continuing effort to keep strays safe. The first drive of the initiative

was held on 17 Jan. These reflective collars will help save the strays from hit-and-run incidents

on the roads at night. PAWS-Sikkim was launched on 04 January, 2021, and currently has 23 members and the reflective collars for street dogs was its first initiative. The team has also drawn up a 'One Year Policy' in which PAWS-Sikkim plans to carry out a donation drive for chess, ludo and other indoor

games in February; plantation of 300 saplings in East Sikkim and South Sikkim on 22 April; undertake

a drive to help Himalayan Zoological Park by volunteering feeding and cleaning chores; drive to help and contribute basic needs like feed and fodder, medicines, and other necessary accessories; cleaning of

water bodies, mainly the Teesta - collecting plastic waste and other non-biodegradable waste to help

aquatic life; feeding animals every month in all the districts of Sikkim; vaccinating against rabies

in collaboration with SARAH and district veterinary units; building 50 artificial bird homes throughout the State for breeding of endangered species of sparrows and other birds; banning the slaughter of unproductive cows in Sikkim and approaching the State Government to build Cow Sheds in Sikkim; cleaning and maintaining of Fambunglo Wildlife Sanctuary and adding prevention posters for the same; collecting old clothes and tailor fitting these for stray animals next winter and organizing awareness camps to protect animals. The PAWS Sikkim is currently operating with cash contributions made by its members. Interested people can join PAWS-Sikkim by visiting its Facebook page PAWS Sikkim or emailing at pawssikkim@gmail. com.