From vaccines and spay/neuter to puppies stuck in tar, HSI helps hundreds of thousands of street dogs

When we found these puppies, they were covered in tar that was
fast hardening up around their tiny bodies. Had we not intervened,
they would have almost certainly died. Photo by HSI

In January, our Humane Society International/India team learned
about eight puppies who were stuck in tar in the town of Tirur in
the south Indian state of Kerala. The puppies, as you can see in the
video below
, were completely covered in the sticky black stuff
that was fast hardening up around their tiny bodies. When our team
members found them, after receiving a call for help from the local
government, the puppies could barely move. The local community
turned out in force to help, and had they and HSI’s rescuers not
intervened, the pups would have almost certainly died in a horrible
manner.

For the hundreds of millions of homeless dogs who wander the
streets around the world, life is full of such hardships. In some
communities, these animals are beaten, culled or abused because
they bark too much or chase vehicles or rest in some place where
they aren’t wanted. Sometimes, they become victims of
government-facilitated cruelty, involving inhumane mass culls by
shooting or poisoning.

In other cases street dogs can fall victim to life-threatening
accidents as a result of their precarious existence, as was the
case with these puppies.

That’s why HSI‘s Street Dog Defender
program
exists, with its ambitious goal of improving the lives
of 300 million street dogs around the world. In 2018 alone, our HSI
teams around the globe provided services to around 200,000 street
dogs.

The program has grown rapidly and we are now working in dozens
of countries to improve the lot of homeless dogs and cats,
including Chile, Bolivia, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, China,
Philippines, Liberia and South Africa.

The heart of the program is service. We conduct spay and neuter
programs, provide veterinary services, train local veterinarians
and educate the public about street dogs. We partner with local
organizations, with communities where the animals live, and with
government and institutional authorities to forge approaches and
solutions to public health challenges like dog bites and
rabies.

This week, HSI/Africa Humane Society International/Africa joined
forces with a local organization, Hoedspruit Animal Outreach
(HALO), in South Africa to
improve the lives and welfare of community cats and dogs
.
HSI/Africa is providing HALO with grants in 2019 totaling
approximately ZAR150,000 to increase spay/neuter efforts and to
provide medical care to more cats and dogs in the area.

Last year, in Mauritius, a nation visited each year by many
tourists, we helped spay thousands of dogs and puppies to help the
government humanely reduce the number of dogs roaming the streets,
beaches and hotels. Photo by Keshawve Jeewon/For HSI

Last year, in Mauritius, a nation visited each year by many
tourists, we
helped spay thousands of dogs and puppies
to help the
government humanely reduce the number of dogs roaming the streets,
beaches and hotels. In the Philippines, where authorities have in
the past conducted mass dog culls to fight rabies, we are using a
unique smartphone app for our vets to geo-track every dog they
vaccinate so that they can stay on target to vaccinate 70 percent
of the street dog population – the target required to stop the
spread of rabies.

When we work globally, it’s important for us not just to go in
and conduct sterilizations and vaccination clinics, but also to
educate local communities and governments in understanding street
dog welfare as well as providing humane options to manage dog
populations. For instance, in December, we launched an initiative
in India, “Abhay Sankalp,” to
ensure peaceful coexistence between street dogs and communities

they live in. Representatives of 52 resident welfare associations
and societies from across the city of Vadodara in the Indian state
of Gujarat signed up to participate in the campaign.

We hope to expand this campaign to three other Indian cities,
with the goal of getting 400 residential societies signed up and
actively involved in coming months to support the humane management
of dogs in their communities as well as bring about more
responsible pet ownership among their residents.

Invariably, we find that the citizens in most communities where
street dogs live are willing to work to coexist peacefully and even
lovingly with the animals. The community in Kerala where the

tar-covered puppies were found
had been taking care of these
dogs before their mishap, and asked that the animals be returned to
them. They will work on finding safe homes in the community for the
pups, who are now once again happy and healthy.

Wherever we work, we better the lives of street dogs. We work
with stakeholders to develop humane and effective ways to manage
street animal issues and to implement a responsible approach that
produces the best outcomes, both for animals and people.


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From vaccines and spay/neuter to puppies stuck in tar, HSI helps hundreds of thousands of street dogs