Dogs Trust Representative Office in B&H, through its partner veterinary clinics, supports and coordinates the Neutering Programme, which includes mass neutering of stray dogs and free neutering of owned dogs. The Neutering Programme has been approved by the local authorities in all regions.
Neutering, as one of the most important dog population management methods, stops the reproduction of strays, thus stabilizing their population. This, in addition to introducing sanctions for irresponsible dog owners which prevents new dogs to be abandoned on the streets, helps eliminate the main cause of the problem.
Mass neutering of abandoned dogs is implemented through the CATCH – NEUTER – VACCINATE – RELEASE method.
Dog catchers, hired by vet clinics and trained by Dogs Trust Representative Office in humane dog catching using equipment for humane dog catching, always return the neutered dogs to their previous location. It is important to emphasize that this may not always be the dogs’ previous permanent location, due to the fact that dogs often wander in search for food.
Neutering of owned dogs prevents new unwanted puppies to be born and abandoned on the street. Neutering of dogs also prevents some diseases and reduces distractions caused by dogs’ reproductive hormones, helping owners have better control of their pets.
What does the Free Neutering Package include?
- Rabies vaccine which protects both dogs and the community from this dangerous disease;
- Anti-parasite treatment which protects dogs from intestinal parasites, some of which may be zoonotic (transferred from dogs to humans), and
- Microchip, for stray dogs an ear-tag and tattoo as well – Establishing a Dog Register is very important for solving the stray dog problem permanently, as sanctioning of irresponsible ownership treats the very cause of the problem.