Do It Yourself Activists (DIYA) started in July, 2000 as an animal
welfare group focusing on a "systematic, scientific and pro-animal
approach to solve the street dog population issues of Bangalore."
DIYA uses the innovative philosophy of Area Guardianship in its effort
to achieve zero-population growth in the street dog population. Area
Guardianship recognizes that dogs are territorial animals and that
humans and dogs can coexist peacefully as long as the dog population
within a certain area does not grow exponentially. DIYA's first spay/neuter
camp in Vasanthnagar was able to spay or neuter 93% of the the dogs
in the area. However, DIYA's goals go beyond dealing with animals.
They also work to educate the community in how to live with dogs and
even benefit from their presence. DIYA is now concentrating its efforts
on creating Mobile Surgical Units that will act as animal hospitals
on wheels. This will benefit both the animals of Bangalore and the
people who live side by side with them.
Samip Mallick's Trip Report [soon!]