The BMC has invited non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and private agencies to step forward to assist with the sterilisation of stray cats as reports of them in various parts of the city are increasing. The corporation has set up Rs 1 crore for the programme this year, with a charge of Rs 2,000 per sterilised cat. The BMC
manages an Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme that has had some effectiveness in reducing the number of stray dogs in the city and suburbs. The corporation's Health Department reports that 33,166 canines had undergone sterilisation in the previous two years.
The number of stray cats, meanwhile, has increased while the population of stray dogs has decreased in some regions, according to BMC dog control workers. Asheesh Sharma, a second Municipal Commissioner, said "It is a result of nature. Cats are more prevalent if there are fewer dogs."
The Deonar abattoir's general manager, Dr. Karimpasha Pathan, said: "There is no doubt that there are now more cats in Mumbai. We have published an ad and urged NGOs and organisations to step forward and sterilise stray cats. The deadline for submission of proposals is September 20."
However, according to Pathan, there hasn't been a census of stray animals in the city since 2014. He stated, "It was supposed to be done in 2020 but the pandemic intervened," and that the exercise is now probably going to happen in January. In 2019, the BMC started sterilising stray cats. The project was given to the Bombay Veterinary College in Parel and the NGO In Defense of Animals, which runs the programme at its shelter in Deonar.
However, the BMC now wants to engage with more agencies. Since the start of the project in 2019, only roughly 5,700 cats have been sterilised by the two organisations engaged. Dr. Pathan claims that the task faces numerous obstacles. First things first, he continued, "we need to recruit personnel who will capture the cats and transport them to the sterilisation facilities. "After they've been sterilised, we must purchase large cages to house them in. They must be under surveillance for a minimum of five days. Additionally, some people object when sterilisation centres are close to their homes.