Nitin's dog just refused to enter the anganwadi centre in Shakthi Nagar where the anti-rabies vaccine was administered on Sunday. He stroked the dog's head and went for a walk for a few minutes. Mr. Nitin then entered the centre with the dog and got the vaccine administered.
But not all dogs behaved similarly. An elderly man was bitten when he tried to force his dog to get vaccinated. Another dog had to be tied to the gate of the anganwadi centre to enable the veterinarian administer the vaccine.
Around 200 pets in Shakthi Nagar, Kulashekara and surrounding areas were administered anti-rabies vaccine free of cost at the camp. While some were coming for vaccination for the first time, there were a few who had been regular. The programme was organised jointly by the Animal Care Trust, Lions Club-Mangalore Kankanady - Padil and the Shakthi Nagar Friends Circle.
As in the case of people, dogs too found when familiar persons were next to them at the time of vaccination. “Stroking the dog's head brings a lot of relief from the pain of vaccination,” said Mr. Nitin, who had brought two of his dogs to the vaccination programme.
Daniel, member-coordinator of the trust, said all the personnel involved in administering vaccine to dogs took anti-rabies vaccine regularly. “Once a year we take the vaccine course as a precautionary measure,” he said.
Sunday's programme was the seventh successive camp organised at the Shakthi Nagar.
“It is in the interest of the residents that we have been organising this programme every year.
“There are around 700 dogs in the vicinity. We want our dogs to be free from rabies,” said Anil D'Souza of the Shakthi Nagar Friends Circle.
Shakthi Nagar is one of the 15 residential areas in Mangalore where the trust personnel hold vaccination camp every year.
The next vaccination camp is at Padil on February 6.
“We add one new area every year,' said Charles Paul, secretary of the trust.