As one way of promoting responsible dog ownership, the Center For Community Empowerment Initiative has launched Free Dog Vaccination and Castration Week in Mzuzu on Wednesday.
Speaking in an interview on Wednesday Executive Director for the organisation, Gilbert Banda says the exercise will assist in controlling rabies and population dogs for people to have good manageable numbers.
“We are conducting this exercise free of charge this week with the aim of providing veterinary services to dog owners in Mzuzu, we want people to have dogs which are free from rabies and for people to have a reasonable number they can manage, this is being done in conjunction with Mzuzu ADD,” Banda said.
He added that the free exercise campaign should encourage dog owners to the access services which are costly and hinder some from accessing on normal charges around Mzuzu City.
“Currently we are doing the operations in two centers at Mzuzu ADD offices and at Animal Aid. We have hope that many dog owners will be reached,” added Banda.
Pemphani Chawinga who his dog castrated at one of the centres, has advised dog owners to be responsible by following all vaccination schedules of their dogs.
“I’m very happy that I have vaccinated and castrated my dog at no cost, I will feel more safe now, I urge other people who are yet to vaccinate their pets to take these free services to vaccinate their dogs,” Said Chawinga a Mzuzu resident.
The campaign is being funded by Veterinarians Without Borders from Netherlands and the Edgar and Coupa Foundation.