Rescuing Street Dogs in India
International Animal Rescue has been working in Goa on the west coast of India to reduce the suffering of the stray dog population for many years. Unregulated breeding has resulted in large numbers of sick and starving dogs and puppies on the streets and beaches. Our team have implemented a sterilisation programme, which has dramatically reduced the number of strays, resulting in healthier, happier dogs. Sterilisation also stops male dogs fighting over females and suffering wounds that quickly become infected and infested with maggots if left untreated. As a result of our anti-rabies vaccination programme (AR), cases of rabies in humans have also been eliminated in the areas where we operate.
Our Rescue Team in Indonesia based at our Primate Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in Java also carry out a dog sterilisation and vaccination programme in the local villages.
Our goal is to improve the welfare of stray dog populations through a comprehensive sterilisation programme carried out as part of the Indian government’s animal birth control scheme (ABC.) A vital part of our work is the education of local communities to dispel their fear of being attacked by a dog or catching a disease. Often fear can lead people to persecute animals. As well as teaching greater tolerance and understanding of dogs we also encourage people to adopt them as pets. Rehoming is an important part of the project: the more dogs we can rehome, the fewer strays there will be on the streets. The dogs themselves are the project’s best ambassadors. They reward their new owners with loyalty and affection, bringing comfort and joy into their lives.
You can help us continue this vital work by making a donation today.
There is still plenty of work to do in Goa and International Animal Rescue remains committed to helping the street dogs and stray cats in the region. We are collaborating with dedicated, local groups who share our values and have the common objective of improving the welfare of dogs and cats.
Although originally set up and historically funded by us, we are no longer affiliated to IAR Goa, which is now a separate, independently funded, organisation. They can be contacted at: [email protected]