Bosnia-Herzegovina is a country that has had a significant stray dog problem for many years. In 2012 there were over 11,000 stray dogs living on the streets of Sarajevo city. Unwanted litters of puppies are still born every day and lead miserable lives on the streets. The country has had a progressive no-kill animal welfare law since 2009, but its implementation had been poor. With this in mind, in 2012, Dogs Trust launched a long-term programme to support local authorities to implement an animal welfare friendly system of dog population management across the country.
Dogs Trust Bosnia and Herzegovina is committed to working with the local community to humanely reduce the stray dog population, whilst also improving the long-term health and welfare of dogs. Through its programmes Dogs Trust will help future generations of pet owners to better understand and care for the needs of dogs.
Our goal is to help local stakeholders establish a self-sustainable dog population management system.
Through building veterinary capacity locally, over 400 local vets have been trained to provide humane and effective neutering services for owned and stray dogs, and almost 90,000 dogs have subsequently been neutered in our neutering campaigns since 2013.
The main source of stray dogs is abandonment by owners, and so raising awareness through our events and campaigns on the importance of responsible dog ownership, and about neutering, is critical.
Our Education programme has already reached over 280,000 schoolchildren through education workshops, and we continue to spread it throughout the country.
Our Dog Schools have been running since March 2016, and have already shown extraordinary results, with close to 1000 dogs with their owners passing through the programme. The positive motivation training operates to the same high standards as the Dog Schools across the UK, and continues to improve understanding between dogs and owners which most certainly helps to prevent abandonment!
In 2018 we started a small pilot fostering programme, identifying during the neutering campaigns street dogs that could be adoptable locally. With our increasing network of excellent fosterers in Sarajevo, we have found permanent homes in Bosnia for 30 dogs so far and are working to build understanding and a willingness of Bosnians to adopt.
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school children have been reached via the education programme.
India has a massive amount of street dogs but there is a lack of well-trained vets to care for and treat them. In order to address this issue, we have partnered with Worldwide Veterinary Service since 2012 to develop and run an International Training Centre (ITC), in Ooty, India, to deliver a range of training courses in surgical sterilisation techniques to local and international veterinary surgeons, veterinary students and para-vets. In 2017, we increased our support to help run an additional ITC in Goa so we could train even more vets, to help improve the veterinary care and treatment provided to dogs across India and around the world.
In 2013 Mission Rabies launched in India – a hotspot for rabies, where a third of all human cases occur. Dogs Trust Worldwide supports the mass vaccination drives in Goa, education of more than 120,000 children every year in rabies awareness, a rabies surveillance system set up by Mission Rabies in collaboration with local government and the Mission Rabies Truck which travels around India delivering training to local vets, outreach programmes, neutering services, and vaccinating dogs against rabies.