An estimated 75 percent of the world’s dog population are strays. Managing them presents a problem in many countries, and has serious implications for public health and animal welfare, 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 randomly is not effective, because it does not address the cause of the problem.
Without resources for treatment and education about responsible pet ownership, the roaming dog population will keep growing.
WSPA’s work has shown that a humane and comprehensive approach – taking into account animal welfare and human responsibility – can be effective in managing stray populations.
Sustainable population management strategies include:
WSPA has worked with member societies across the world on stray management, taking account of local needs and cultural sensitivities. This work improves the health and welfare of strays and their human neighbours.
WSPA’s comprehensive programs act as models of best practice. They help us convince governments to legislate for humane methods of stray management.
Your support has assisted the WSPA to work with member societies on many effective and humane stray control projects, including:
Please make a donation today to support WSPA’s work with animals around the world.