Laws for stray cats in housing societies in India


The laws for stray cats in housing societies in India are governed by the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 (PCA Act). Section 11 of the PCA Act prohibits the infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering on animals, and Section 12 prohibits the abandonment of animals. This means that it is illegal to harm or abandon stray cats in housing societies.

In addition, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has issued guidelines for the management of stray animals in housing societies. These guidelines state that housing societies cannot prohibit residents from feeding stray animals, and they must provide adequate space for stray animals to rest and shelter.

The AWBI guidelines also state that housing societies should work with animal welfare organizations to trap, neuter, and release (TNR) stray cats. TNR is a humane method of controlling the stray cat population, and it helps to reduce the number of cats that are abandoned or killed.

If you are a resident of a housing society that is mistreating stray cats, you can file a complaint with the AWBI or the local animal welfare organization. You can also contact your local police station.

Here are some additional things you can do to help stray cats in your housing society:

  • Feed the cats regularly.
  • Provide the cats with a safe place to rest and shelter.
  • Spay or neuter the cats to help control the population.
  • Trap and release any cats that are sick or injured.
  • Educate your fellow residents about the importance of compassion for animals.

By working together, we can make a difference for the stray cats in our communities.

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