No country in the world has as many stray dogs as India. An estimated 35 million stray dogs live on the streets of India.
We work with dedicated animal rescue organizations across India to provide support in the following areas:
Improve the Quality of Life for Stray Dogs
- Our partners respond to emergency calls 24/7 to rescue and treat ownerless street animals in need of veterinary care. Emergencies range from animal injuries after being hit by cars, wounds, distemper, mange and abuse cases. Most Indian cities don’t have an emergency helpline, hospital or shelter for suffering street animals. Our partners are working hard to fill this gap in their areas on severely limited funds.
Spay & Neuter Programs to Reduce the Number of Stray Dogs
- India’s dog population will only continue to increase without large-scale intervention. The only scientific method to humanely reduce street dog populations is mass spay and neuters, commonly known as animal birth control (ABC). Through ABC programs, all the dogs within a community or region are sterilized and then released back to their territories. The result: dog breeding stops and their population declines.
Bring Awareness and Make Safer Communities
- Over 35% of the world’s human rabies deaths occur in India each year, many of them come in contact with infected dogs. Our partners are working to vaccinate street dogs in conjunction with ABC programs to ensure that they return to their homes in community streets healthier than ever before.
- There are many misconceptions about stray dogs in India. Many people have become desensitized to animal suffering because they think there is nothing they can do to help. Or they don’t understand dog behavior, which can lead to animal cruelty and abuse resulting from a fear of dog bites. Our partners work to bring awareness across India and teach simple facts about dog behavior, how to be humane towards animals and co-existence principles.