Underlying the current problem of unwanted dogs is a lot of misunderstanding about dogs and their needs. Educating communities about good practice in their handling and management of their own dogs will make a real difference to the quality of life enjoyed by those dogs and the community at large.
This is because if a dog owner allows their dog to sire or breed numerous litters which are then abandoned in their own community or a nearby community, everyone suffers the consequences.
The unpleasant sight of starving, desperate packs of dogs roaming the streets can impact negatively on the tourist trade, place costs on local businesses, impacts on the health of other local animals and people and even, in extreme circumstances, can result in human injuries and death.
Simple educative programmes through various art mediums such as radio, theatre and street performances to explain the essential needs of dogs, their behaviour, and good practice in the care of dogs, will be organised and funded in collaboration with our dog rescue partner organisations.
Our objectives in this area are to:
To fund education programmes, including through the arts, which change people's behaviour and attitudes towards dogs
Aim: To build the capacity of dog rescue organisations so that they have the resources necessary to continue and further develop their work
Aim: to reduce the number of unwanted dogs by organising large scale neutering programmes
Aim: To reduce the suffering of dogs due to neglect, ill-
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: