Saving street dogs from strychnine
When rabies broke out on the tourist-friendly island of Bali in 2009, authorities acted swiftly to try and stamp it out: strychnine poisoning the roaming dogs, many of which are looked after by local communities. They thought a rabies-free island was a dog-free island.
Tens of thousands of dogs died in agony and it soon became obvious to the government that killing the dogs in response to the outbreak wasn't working. Working with the government and local partners, WSPA set up a vaccination program to protect dogs.
Stopping Colombo’s culls
Every year, for over 15 years, more than 2,000 dogs were rounded up and gassed in the city of Colombo, causing them to suffer horrifically. But thanks to a WSPA-funded project, Colombo’s dogs are safer and healthier than ever before.
In the 1990s, Colombo’s roaming dog population was unhealthy and growing out of control. Fearing rabies, city authorities sanctioned the mass killing of dogs, despite many being considered pets by local people.
An effective approach to tackling rabies
Rabies is a disease that kills an estimated 2,100 Bangladeshi people each year.
As part of the launch of our Collars not Cruelty campaign last year, WSPA arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. WSPA has been working to help the government and community leaders set up large-scale vaccinations clinics to protect dogs that would have previously been poisoned or shot.