Success for Stray Animal Care
FOUR PAWS neuters 300 stray animals in three weeks in Bulgarian town of Vidin
A Stray Animal Care team of the international animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS has neutered more than 300 stray animals during a three week project in the town of Vidin in north-western Bulgaria. The team, consisting of vets, animal-catchers and a FOUR PAWS clinical worker started the project in the middle of March.
This is the second FOUR PAWS project in Vidin in the last six months. During a two week programme in November 2014, FOUR PAWS vets neutered, vaccinated, dewormed and treated 198 dogs and cats in the city.
So far, over 300 dogs have been neutered, vaccinated and dewormed in Vidin, which is over 50% of the whole stray population in the city. Although the results are really good, the neutering should continue because there are a high number of animals coming from neighbouring towns and villages. We hope that the Municipality of Vidin will start working on the root of the problem, namely the uncontrolled breeding and abandonment of animals.
FOUR PAWS, Bulgaria’s largest animal welfare organisation, decided to intervene following the last count of stray animals in Vidin back in October 2014, which revealed a serious increase in the number of stray dogs – from 296 to 495 in the last 5 years.
FOUR PAWS Stray Animal Care is working all across Bulgaria
In 2008, the Bulgarian parliament banned the mass killing of stray dogs and instead followed the recommendation of the World Health Organisation and a number of experts, including FOUR PAWS, to support mass neutering as the only effective way to reduce the number of stray dogs. Since then, FOUR PAWS Stray Animal Care has been working all across Bulgaria, –in rural areas as well as big cities like the capital Sofia and Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second largest city.
In October 2013 FOUR PAWS also opened a stray animal clinic in Sofia, which so far has neutered and treated nearly 4000 cats and dogs. In some areas, such as Sofia, Plovdiv and Burgas, the local authorities have launched neutering campaigns and are imposing sanctions on people who abandon their dogs, leading to a considerable decrease in the number of stray dogs.
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The Catch-Neuter-Release method, which is used by FOUR PAWS, is the only approach to stray animal population control that is considered sustainable and humane by the World Health Organization. Each captured dog is neutered, vaccinated against rabies, treated against parasites and registered. Surgery is performed in the FOUR PAWS owned mobile vet clinic. The treated animals spend 24 hours following surgery at a nearby station and are then released into their original territory. Their condition is monitored throughout and a final medical check is made before their release.