Stray animals

A stray dog forages for food in a rubbish tip, Egypt

The plight of strays is one of the most visible animal welfare issues in the world today. Dogs are one of the most affected animals - of the estimated 500 million dogs in the world, approximately 75% are strays.

Life on the streets is hard. Stray dogs will fight over the limited amounts of food and that which can be scavenged. Injuries sustained this way are rarely treated.

Tumors, skin infections and open sores are common for stray dogs. Over 75% of puppies in developing countries die in agony from diseases including rabies and distemper.

Conflict with human communities

Stray dogs, frequently suffering from hunger and illness, seek food and shelter in human communities. They are often seen as a nuisance and health hazard by the people who live alongside them.

With a lack of knowledge and resources, communities in developing countries frequently resort to randomly culling strays, by poisoning, electrocuting or shooting dogs.

These methods are inhumane, causing the animals great pain and suffering. They are also ineffective in the long term as they do not address the cause of the problem.

Responsible pet ownership

A stray dog in Thailand

In many countries the majority of stray animals have been abandoned by their owners or are owned but allowed to roam freely. The unsupervised dogs then breed, resulting in unwanted puppies.

WSPA works to provide education about responsible pet ownership: dog identification, vaccination and neutering means fewer animals will end up on the street.

Our vision is that all countries will use effective and cruelty free methods of stray population management that address the roots of the problem.

Read more about humane stray population management >>

Support us

Some countries are starting to take a humane approach to their stray populations.

But millions of strays are still in dire need of protection. Your donation can make a difference.

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