New Delhi, 26 November (Agency)
There are 62 million stray dogs and 91 lakh cats in India and 77 percent of the country’s population sees a stray dog at least once a week. The data from ‘The State of Pet Homelessness Index Data for India’ also revealed a growing population of stray animals, which is at the bottom of the country’s ‘All Pets Wanted’ score. India scored 2.4 points on a 10-point scale. The report states that 88 lakh stray dogs and cats are in shelter homes. The index also states that 85 percent of domestic animals in India are abandoned. At the same time, 61 percent of the population in India say that they do not go to the vet for reasons such as distance, reputation or facilities. This is much higher than the global average of 31 percent. Gauri Mulekhi of People for Animals (PFA) said there are at least three stray dogs for every 100 people in India and expressed concern over the increase in abandoned animals. According to the report, there are 75 million homeless dogs and cats in China, 48 million in the US, 20.6 million in Germany, 2 million in Greece, 7.4 million in Mexico, 4.1 million in Russia and South Africa and 1.1 million in Britain.