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Dog Welfare Network recognises that at the heart of the problem of the large numbers of unwanted dogs that exist today lies the uncontrolled population growth of dogs.

A feature of modern society is that family-owned dogs tend to live longer lives, thus allowing them to breed more litters of puppies. People also deliberately breed dogs for money, but new owners of dogs do not always realise the extent of the commitment that they are taking on. If there are no support networks in place to allow for the rehoming of unwanted dogs, strays will usually be the result. It is estimated that two homeless dogs can lead to the birth of a further 300 dogs in just 3 years; if you count the births from the offspring as well, the dog population can increase by several thousand within a relatively short space of time.

Large scale killing of dogs, practiced in several countries in the past and which continues in some countries even today, does not result in the reduction of the dog population. This is because of the very high replacement rate among the dog population - for every dog killed there are many that are born. In addition, culling can lead to problems of aggressive dogs and the spread of disease.

The only scientifically-proven method of controlling the dog population is to carry out large scale neutering programmes. When dog populations are sterilised and individuals returned to their communities, many positive consequences follow:

Although sterilisation is not an overnight solution to the stray dog issue, it does mean that the dog population becomes stable, non-breeding, healthier and decreases over time. It also becomes largely non-aggressive. On the other hand, when dogs are removed or killed, new dogs keep entering an area and the population is continuously changing, unstable, aggressive, multiplies at a high rate and may carry disease. This is why Dog Welfare Network is a strong advocate of large scale neutering of dog populations.

To this end, Dog Welfare Network will seek to organise the funding and logistics for large scale neutering campaigns in partnership with our collaborating dog rescue organisations.

Our objectives in this area are to:

To develop large scale population management programmes of dogs within selected communities

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1) To support existing dog rescue organisations in their work

Aim: To build the capacity of dog rescue organisations so that they have the resources necessary to continue and further develop their work

2) To develop large scale population management programmes of dogs within selected communities

Aim: to reduce the number of unwanted dogs by organising large scale neutering programmes

3) To fund education programmes, including through the arts, which change people's behaviour and attitudes towards dogs

Aim: To reduce the suffering of dogs due to neglect, ill-treatment, illness, ignorance and injury.

4) To develop our organisation

Aim: All staff and partners embody our core values of professional competence, excellent communication, teamwork, effective use of resources, and personal effectiveness, so acting as valuable ambassadors for The Dog Welfare Network.  

Our Strategic Plan focuses on four areas: