There’s a lot of animals wandering around the streets with no home. Even if it’s hard to count how many abandoned dogs there are, the World Health Organization has calculated that about 200 million do not have a home.
The problem doesn’t seem to be fixed anytime soon. And now, a major part of these little pups won’t have a safe place to stay.
Peter Zheutlin, who is a rescue dog advocate in the US said “This problem has escalated to the point where it would take decades of a concentrated spay-neuter program in a city like Houston to begin to reduce the numbers,” he continued “The shelters are not often high priorities for governments either when they’ve got competing demands from the school department, the police department, the fire department, parks, sanitation. Who speaks for the dogs?”
But there’s one country that has been able to stand out regarding the matter. Being the first country with no homeless dogs. Holland has been working hard the past few years to fix the stray dogs’ problem and they finally reached their goal. At the moment the Netherlands is officially known as the country with no stray dogs.
Let’s all hope that other countries will follow their good deed. Here’s how Holland managed to give this problem a solution.
Their first step consisted of a country-wide sterilization program. Every dog that was brought in, had to go through a medical exam and was also overhauled on any vaccinations needed. This was a way of avoiding disease spread like rabies.
Next, the authorities discussed a new set of laws in order to better the animals’ rights and health. The Duch government also raised taxes to encourage people to help rescue dogs from shelters. Marianne Thieme, leader of the Party for the Animals said “Animals — and our entire society — need the animal police,” she also stated, “There is a direct link between violence against animals and violence against humans.”
Now, more than 90 percent of Duch locals own a dog and took millions of them off the streets. You can say that is a win-win situation, for both, the people there and the dogs.