2015 A successful year for Stray Animal Care projects
FOUR PAWS Stray Animal Care team neutered more than 12,000 stray animals world-wide
The Stray Animal Care team of FOUR PAWS, an international animal welfare organisation, can be proud of its achievements in 2015: the 33-strong team was able to neuter, vaccinate, worm and give medical treatment to 12,451 stray animals (4,735 cats and 7,716 dogs). The team’s vets and animal carers were active in nine countries: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, India, Lithuania, Romania, Switzerland, and Ukraine.
“2015 was a year in which we had the opportunity to help a huge number of animals, thanks to the extraordinary team that we have and the fact that we were in countries where stray dogs are in large numbers, like India, Albania and Ukraine”, explains FOUR PAWS Head of Stray Animal Care Dr Anca Tomescu. “We were warmly welcomed by the authorities, vets and the local communities in all these countries which made our job so much easier.”
In many countries around the world, thousands of stray animals roam the streets, endlessly searching for food. Many are diseased and in need of veterinary treatment. The authorities often resort to culling these animals as a way of managing the local stray population – which is an unsustainable solution. Dr Tomescu says, “Scientific studies demonstrate that mass killing does nothing to lower the numbers of strays in the long term, as the surviving animals continue to reproduce. We are convinced that neutering programmes are the only long-term and animal-friendly solution for controlling stray animal numbers all over the world. This concept includes national action plans developed by governments, and supported by veterinaries and animal welfare organisations.”
FOUR PAWS Stray Animal Care team uses the so-called Catch-Neuter-Release method. This method, for extensively controlling numbers of strays, is the only one recognised by the WHO (World Health Organization) as being sustainable and humane. The method involves catching, neutering and vaccinating the animals as well as giving them medical treatment, if necessary, and registering them (via earmark or chip). Each animal’s condition is monitored for 24 hours, and if the animal is ready, it is then released back into its usual territory. Thus, it can resume its original social position within its territory and continue to live there, without reproducing again.