Oct 26, 2018 Changing Human-Dog Interactions In Costa Rica
In 1991, Ms.Lilian Schnog took on the responsibility for an animal shelter (the Asociacion Humanitarian Para la Proteccion Animal de Costa Rica – AHPPA or Refugio) with a few small cages, a leaky surgical room, and more than 100 cats and dogs in residence. At the time, Costa Rica’s approach to animal overpopulation was to poison the animals in the streets. Dogs and cats “lucky” enough to have a home was seen as working animals. Some believed that a hungry cat would catch more mice and a chained dog would be a better watchdog. Many were fed leftovers but, if there were none, the animals remained hungry. When the animals were no longer useful or wanted by their owners, they would be thrown out on the street. Since many of the abandoned animals were females, the overpopulation of stray animals was a huge problem.
- Municipalities (fewer roaming dog problems);
- People (better relationships with dogs);
- Veterinary clinics/associations (higher demand for veterinary services); and
- Animals (better care and treatment).