At the close of 2016, we had vaccinated 113,858 dogs in Kenya and Sierra Leone
We move governments worldwide to create better lives for dogs by ending brutal inhumane culling practices. Humane alternatives to culling don’t only exist – they’re more effective
In Africa, we work with governments to establish humane sustainable dog population solutions through educating communities on rabies vaccination and responsible dog ownership.
At the close of 2016, we had vaccinated 113,858 dogs in Kenya and Sierra Leone while a vaccination strategy launched in 2005 in Zanzibar, saw a complete mitigation on the spread of rabies in the region by 2015.
Why are dogs culled?
Stray dogs can cause problems in communities. They can pose a threat to public health by spreading rabies and other diseases, they can cause damage to livestock and wildlife, or they may behave aggressively towards people.
But instead of examining the root causes of stray dog populations, such as irresponsible ownership and overbreeding, some governments look to culling as a quick-fix solution. Dragged through the streets, electrocuted, poisoned or gassed – culling is nearly always a horrendous and painful death.
Culling dogs is never an answer. The misconception that culling is the best way to reduce dog populations or stamp out threats to public health causes enormous suffering.
We follow the International Companion Animal Management (ICAM) coalition’s dog population management methodology. It’s a full cycle of action, addressing the root causes of large free-roaming dog populations, which we use to help governments manage dogs humanely and to help communities to live in harmony with dogs.
The solutions we reach together can involve educating owners and communities, legislation, dog registration, vaccinating against rabies, sterilisation, rehoming – or a combination of some or all of these.
We help governments to monitor and evaluate progress too, ensuring we create humane change that lasts.
Together, we can move the world to achieve better lives for dogs.
Dogs – like all animals – have a right to live without suffering. So we work with governments and communities to manage dog populations humanely, to stop millions of dogs being culled without reason every year – and to help communities and dogs live together healthily and without fear.
We’ve been advising governments on humane dog population management for 30 years. We have already helped hundreds of thousands of dogs across Kenya, Zanzibar, Bangladesh, Mexico, Philippines, Romania and China to name a few. Now we are calling on more governments in more countries to stop needless culls, proving through our work that only humane and sustainable dog population management works.
Together we have done so much. But we still urgently need your help to protect more dogs from culling and to end this terrible practice.