Guwahati: Good news for pet lovers of Guwahati city. The city is to get the first of its kind ‘burial ground for dogs’. A non-government organisation, Just Be Friendly (JBF) has come up with a project for the burial of dogs at Digaru Gate in the Mairakuchi area in the outskirt of the city.

JBF has initiated a project to build an eco-friendly memorial park for your companion animals. Till now 10 dogs have been cremated and their memorial columns have been set up in the land measuring 2 bighas of land.

The project titled JIRAW (JBF Integrated Care and Resource Centre for Animal) will provide a peaceful eco-friendly burial service with a minimum donation with the provision for engraving on the memorial wall for remembrance.

Pick up facility is also available with Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) area.

The project will also have a facility for birth control operations mainly for stray dogs to control their population in the city.

“Abiding by all the rules of the Supreme Court, one can now bury their animals with love and respect in the burial ground. But, as we’ve very little space in comparison to a human graveyard, we’ve decided to take a scientific way to bury animals,” JBF public relations officer Gangotri Borgohain said.

“A place not just to bid them farewell but also to reminisce about the good times you shared with your furry friend. A place to take you back in beyond to cherish the little buddy you once had and foster the feeling for a lifetime,” Borgohain said.

“We have to spend approximately Rs 1,000 on a weekly basis for cleaning and maintenance of the area, Borgohain said.

“We understand the special connection one can make with the companion over time and how hard it can get when it comes to letting go of them,” Borgohain said.

“JBF is and will always serve you with forever services which will be a great step to give your companion a life afterlife,” she added.

 “We have been carrying out Animal Birth Control and Anti-Rabies Vaccination programme to control the population growth of stray dogs in collaboration with Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) since 2014. We are also providing anti-rabies treatment to the stray dogs,” Borgohain said.

“We pick up stray dogs from a particular location shown by the GMC authorities and bring them to our centre to perform birth control operation. After 5-7 days of recovery, we release the dog back to its original location after giving a dose of anti-rabies medicine,” Borgohain said.

So far a 30,000 stray dogs have been performed such birth control operations and provided anti-rabies doses, she said.

JIRAW, with a total area of 7.5 bigha land, is located in a per- urban high land area under village Mairakuchi at Sonapur intends to grow as an extension of the current AWBI supported Animal shelter cum Veterinary dispensary infrastructure of JBF Trust on the same plot of land.

The centre is the brainchild of JBF Trust which aims to set up an integrated facility for animal welfare that can conduct quality research, support delivery of services and training of skill workers all within one umbrella administration.

The centre will be an umbrella institution in the sector of animal welfare. Once commissioned, the facility can fill the void of referral institutions in the context of animal welfare. The need for awareness and sensitization of animal welfare in an agriculture-based economy like Northeast, especially Assam; the lack of efficient Animal Welfare Bodies working with domestic and companion animals is the motivating factor behind JIRAW.

“As aspired of being a regional level integrated institution, JIRAW will work to provide technical and managerial backstopping to field NGOs and welfare activist of all the eight states of Northeast, developing the collective consciousness of the community towards animal welfare.” She added.

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