Working with strays: a humane alternative

A stray dog scavanges in Santander, Columbia

An estimated 75% of the world’s dog population are strays.  Managing them presents a problem in many countries, and has serious implications for animal welfare and public health, especially in relation to rabies.

Lack of animal welfare education and resources mean the methods used to limit stray populations are often horrifically inhumane – poisoning, shooting and electrocution are all common.

But killing street dogs is not effective, because it does not address the root of the problem.

A better way

WSPA’s work has shown that a humane and comprehensive approach works.

Sustainable population management strategies include:

  • Promoting responsible pet ownership.
  • Legislative measures against cruelty to animals.
  • Identification and registration of dogs.
  • Neutering of stray and owned animals.
  • Vaccination against rabied and other disease.

Working worldwide

WSPA has worked with local partners across the world on effective dog population management programmes, including:

  • Animal birth control and rabies vaccination projects in India and Nepal.
  • Providing equipment and training to some of the first humane stray control programmes in the Middle East.
  • Delivering training to local authorities in Brazil and Colombia on responsible pet ownership and the humane catching and handling of dogs.

WSPA is also a member of the International Companion Animal Management (ICAM) Coalition, which seeks to support the development and use of humane and effective companion animal population management worldwide.

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