The Wild at Heart Foundation funds and supports animal welfare projects all over the world. In particular, we aim to reduce the world's 600 million stray dog population. We do this by organising and sponsoring rescue projects, neutering programmes, awareness campaigns and education initiatives.
Over three quarters of the world's dogs are strays and the problem is getting worse. Research from the World Health Organisation estimates that there are 600 million stray dogs worldwide and numbers are rising.
In many countries that have no laws against cruelty to animals, they often control stray dog populations by poisoning, hanging, beating and electrocution. Unfortunately, we have seen too much evidence of this and it is truly heart-breaking.
To top it off, even in countries with laws against animal cruelty, there is still suffering. PETA estimates that up to four million animals are euthanised each year in US shelters alone. Here in the UK, Dog's Trust research shows that up to 10,000 healthy dogs are put to sleep each year in UK dog pounds.
Wild at Heart Foundation believes that a dog can lift our mood, change our day, keep us active and transform a house into a home. They are our fierce protectors, guard us and perform heroic feats. They offer freely what humans can spend a lifetime learning, which is to love unconditionally. They save our lives in many ways.
This is why Wild at Heart Foundation wants to end the suffering of these amazing creatures; because we believe they have a right to live free from pain. We do this by: