#pawsforthought is Wild at Heart Foundation's first awareness raising campaign. We want people to take a moment, to pause and reflect on the global stray dog problem and its impact on our lives. You see, it's not just a problem when we go abroad on holiday and see stray dogs on the beaches in Greece or Spain, but this is a global problem which is worsening.
The stray dog population has reached over 600 million and is rising. Even with mass killings, the problem has not improved. Plus studies have proven that humane 'trap, neuter, release' programs are the way forward.
Do you know?
- That there are over 600 million stray dogs in the world.
- Just one stray female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years.
- If we neuter 100,000 dogs, we prevent over 6 million dogs from being born (one of WaHF missions).
- Over four million healthy dogs are killed in USA because of overpopulation. In the UK 10,000 healthy dogs are killed each year.
- Reducing the world’s stray dog population saves human lives. Over 15 million people are affected by rabies from stray dogs.
- The best way to tackle the global stray dog situation is not through mass culling but low cost spay/neuter and vaccine programmes.
- Inhumane killing methods are used more often than not, because they cost less. Stray dogs are inhumanely killed in over sixty countries which have few to zero laws against cruelty to animals.
How you can get involved
- Share a photo of you and your dog with the #pawsforthought sign on your hand, mentioning #wildatheartfoundation.
- Donate by texting WAHF16 £5 to 70070 or donate online here.
- Share the messages above to raise awareness of the 600 million stray dog population.