Street Sense Isn’t Enough for Street Dogs

By on April 6, 2016 with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

In so many countries throughout the world lacking a humane infrastructure, millions of dogs wander the streets, lonely and often hungry. Many of these nations control strays by poisoning or even clubbing the animals.

Humane Society International has been leading the fight to control street dog populations humanely and fight concerns about rabies with a comprehensive street dog program that is now active in 10 countries — Bolivia, Bhutan, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guyana, India, Panama, and the Philippines — and in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Rota, and Saipan.

In India, our team reported remarkable success this week vaccinating and sterilizing or medically treating more than 92,000 dogs within the last year. This was a massive effort, requiring extraordinary teamwork, with our staff identifying facilities and infrastructure in remote areas, getting locals to agree to surgery for community dogs, and training local workers to assist in carrying out the work. On one particularly successful day, the team conducted 200 surgeries and vaccinated 1,000 dogs.

Other milestones for HSI’s street dog welfare program in recent years include:

  • In Bhutan, HSI has sterilized and treated 64,252 animals since 2006.
  • In the Philippines, HSI has helped spay/neuter 19,281 dogs and vaccinated 17,223 dogs since 2009. We have also helped train 132 veterinarians and 18 para vets in the country, and we have responded to disasters like the Haiyan typhoon in 2014.
  • As part of our street dog program in Jamshedpur, India, we have spayed and neutered and vaccinated 15,653 dogs since 2014, with the help of our local partners, Animal Help Foundation and Jamsetji Tata Trust.
  • In Puerto Rico, where HSUS and HSI launched the Humane Puerto Rico Initiative last year, HSI has been conducting spay/neuter and vaccination clinics throughout the island. More than 5,000 animals have been spayed/neutered since the beginning of the program.
  • In Chile, HSI crossed 10,000 spay/neuter surgeries in 2015.

In the second year of the two-year National Rabies Control Program in India, HSI will open new sterilization centers in India with plans to sterilize 50,000 more dogs and vaccinate another 180,000. We also have plans to expand to other countries where the need is great: our program in Nepal will launch on April 20th.

Learn how you can help HSI help street dogs around the world by becoming a Street Dog Defender, a special community that helps provide services to humanely manage dog overpopulation and helps stop dog culls.

Companion Animals, Humane Society International

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  1. debbie catalina says:

    I’m so happy to see this work, I’m so happy to see HSUS leading by example so people who have never thought of animals as sentient can learn the deep satisfaction of compassion and having the love of an animal. I’m so happy to see counter examples of heartless stereotypes that is most of the time what I see of other cultures

  2. Lynn Puccio says:

    I am currently living in Cuenca, Ecuador. The street dog population is rampid. Also, the conditions at the major mercado, Fierre Libre, is horrific. Although there laws in place to oversee this, they are rarely enforced. Many organizations have been formed to speak up for these abused/neglected dogs. It would be awesome if HSUS could become involved

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