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Know your dogs’ rights: AWBI Identity Cards for street dog feeders & colony caretakers – Their relevance, and how you can get them

Posted on | January 24, 2013 | 13 Comments

It is by now, trite, that the manner of dealing with stray canines, and controlling their population, is set out in the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001. The Rules envisage that community dogs shall be sterilized in the manner, and after following the procedure set out these Rules. Further, that they shall then be vaccinated for protection against rabies; and released back into the very areas that they were picked up from. Release back into the locality that each individual animal is picked from is extremely important, because dogs, being territorial in nature, tend to keep other, possibly un-sterilized, un-vaccinated animals out of their territories. This stabilizes the dog population in each territory, and also makes it easier to follow a systematic, area-wise sterilization and immunization plan.
How, and why, is street dog feeding important and the right choice to make?

In the first place, it is the lawful thing to do. The Indian Constitution casts a Fundamental Duty upon all citizens of India to show compassion to all living creatures ; and that is precisely what persons choosing to feed stray and hungry animals, especially the much maligned street dogs, are in fact doing.

Secondly, treating an animal with kindness, and being the food source for hungry animals, reduces suspicion, and consequently reduces man – animal conflict. It can also facilitate capture for animal birth control and immunization ; and a street dog caught for ABC by or with the involvement of a person it trusts would naturally undergo lesser stress.

See the relevant judgments on feeding of stray dogs by the Delhi High Court and the judgment on taking care of stray dog by the Punjab & Haryana High Court

Unfortunately however, people that irrationally fear or dislike street dogs do not realize this, and are hostile to, and harass, and seek to intimidate and persecute street dog feeders. Hence, the RELEVANCE of the I.D. cards issued by the AWBI, for street dog feeders and colony caretakers of stray animals.

How to apply and obtain this identification?

The I.D. cards for street dog feeders & colony caretakers being issued by the Animal Welfare Board of India are intended to lend support to persons that feed and tend to street dogs and other animals, and validate their actions as being lawful and correct. They are also intended to provide a buffer against and prevent unnecessary harassment of persons that make the right and lawful choice of feeding street dogs and other animals.

The APPLICATION FORM for obtaining such a card can be downloaded from The Animal Welfare Board of India site or from The Voice of Stray Dogs website  (This is the corrected, rationalized version of the Application Form that provides for self-attestation of proof of identity, i.e. a copy of the Ration Card/ Voter I.D./ Driving License/ Passport/ Pan Card to provided, after being self-attested as being a true copy.)

The duly filled in application form has to be sent to the Chennai office of the Board, as will be apparent from this message on the Board’s web-site

The address of the Chennai office of the Board is :

Animal Welfare Board of India
13/1, Third Seaward Road,
Valmiki Nagar,
Chennai- 600 041

How the I.D. Cards for street dog feeders & colony caretakers are expected to look, can be seen here.
Not having such a card does not mean that you will not be able to feed and tend to street dogs and other animals. Responsible feeding without littering is lawful activity, and you can do it with or without i.d. cards.


13 Responses to “Know your dogs’ rights: AWBI Identity Cards for street dog feeders & colony caretakers – Their relevance, and how you can get them”

  1. Louane Rodrigues
    January 29th, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    i have just sent in my application in how much time will i get my card ?

  2. straysadmin
    January 29th, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    Louane AWBI can tell you that since they’re making the cards. Regards

  3. daisy
    January 30th, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

    I need a card for AWGI

  4. Sanyog Nagwankar
    January 30th, 2013 @ 5:32 pm

    Please forward me the application to obtain dog feeder Card
    Sanyog Nagwankar

  5. straysadmin
    January 31st, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    Please follow the instructions and apply to AWBI

  6. straysadmin
    January 31st, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    Please follow the described process and apply to AWBI

  7. Joanna Lobo
    February 1st, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    Hi, is this only for Delhi or the rest of India? Any idea?

  8. straysadmin
    February 1st, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

    This is for all India

  9. Chintan Modi
    February 4th, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    Good initiative, and i am really thankful to AWBI for this as it will be of additional help all the CCT (colony care takers) & i hope more awareness will be generated through this initiative to take care of speechless friends.

  10. Amit
    February 27th, 2013 @ 3:32 am

    I have sent the application form with details & 2 photos of mine but I have not received the card yet,sent it a month back to the Chennai address.

  11. straysadmin
    February 27th, 2013 @ 6:36 am

    You need to check with AWBI, we merely carried the information/news


  12. Jayashree
    July 2nd, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

    I like the contents of the card on page 2.
    I think it would be a good idea if the same were displayed CLEARLY in Leading Newspapers and in the form of banners outside prominent areas, so that the people responsible for harassing animals and their care-givers can take note of the fact.

  13. deeksha
    July 25th, 2013 @ 10:40 am


    I came across your website as fB share. Its a very good initiative. It would be great if you could take volunteers who can help out say once a week like other NGOs. This would really help reach out to more people and increase awareness.

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