May 2020 – Stray Dogs in Strumica Awareness Week
There are in excess of more than 5000 stray dogs across the City of Strumica by some estimates. Stray dog overpopulation causes serious welfare concerns and disruption to local communities and ecosystems. During Stray Dogs in Strumica Awareness Month the Animal Lovers Strumica is encouraging members of the public who are in contact with a stray dogs to take part in Capture, Neuter, and Return (CNR) to help tackle the issues that accompany stray dog overpopulation.
We have created a simple form for anyone interested in participating, to sign it up and inform other people who could possibly be willing to participate. Animal Lovers Strumica will be raising funds to support this programme and other similar in the upcoming months.
Please sign up ONLY if you know or you are taking care of a stray dog that doesn’t have owners and its chipped.
Below are some frequently asked questions with answers about stray dogs, CNR, and what to do if you see stray dog in your area:
Many dogs are left behind when their owners are no longer willing to look after them or have moved house. In some cases dogs have been dumped, are lost, or sadly their owners have passed away. Of course there are also those dogs that are born on the streets. These dogs are starving and scavenging in order to survive. Their offspring will be strays as well, meaning they have not had interaction with humans and are often afraid of us. If they are not spayed or neutered, stray dogs and their offspring continue to multiply.
This was a widespread view in the past— one that was even shared by some vets— but this recommendation was based on opinion rather than hard fact. There is no evidence to suggest that allowing a dog to have a litter of puppies confers any health benefits. The best veterinary advice now is that in the vast majority of cases, spay/neuter is the healthier option and should be the natural choice.
If members of your community are complaining about the dogs and pushing for an alternative solution, Animal Lovers believe that the best way forward is education. Do your best to talk to your neighbours about CNR and explain the benefits, and how over time it will reduce the number of dogs in the area naturally and humanely. You can explain to them that relocating the dogs or euthanising them will only create a ‘vacuum effect’, in which a new colony of dogs will eventually come in and take over the area, perpetuating the problem. In addition, relocation may be stressful for the dogs that are being moved, and for any dogs that may be in the area they are moved to. If the dogs are moved to an area that did not previously have a colony of dogs, it can have a detrimental effect on the local wildlife.