Campaigns have been launched in the late 20th century (Latin America) and in the 21st century (Africa and Asia) to eliminate rabies in LMICs in Asia and Africa. In 2004, the WHO estimated that 59,000 people died from rabies; almost all contracted the disease from a dog bite. The anti-rabies Campaign in Latin America was very successful, but progress has been limited in Asia and Africa. Today, it is estimated that the direct costs of global rabies prevention, including the treatment of dog bites, are more than $2 billion a year, with an additional $6 billion in indirect costs such as loss of work time.
The humane and effective management of homeless dogs may also have significant social consequences for communities. In Bosnia, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) found that some surveyed communities reported having problems caused by roaming dogs. As a result, the UNDP set up a partnership with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to address the issue in several trial communities. Over the next few years, community-led efforts successfully mitigated the problem of roaming dogs. Those efforts also reduced ethnic tensions as the community representatives worked together to solve the local dog problem as an unexpected side benefit.
There are so many good reasons to develop and implement humane and effective management approaches for homeless dogs. These reasons include reducing human disease contracted from dogs, dog nuisance, dog suffering, and homeless dog numbers while improving community relations.
USA & Canada
Identified a select number of organizations committed to assisting dogs in their communities.
Provided access to training (CLA), expertise and software tools to implement a project with a flagship partner in a test country.
Raised (and continues to raise) needed funding for the campaign's foundational work and global implementing projects.
Provided leadership and resources to enable an implementing partner to report data.
Committed funds to support direct care services (sterilization and vaccinations) to a flagship partner in the test country.
Developed data reporting protocols for surveys and monitoring reports.
Implemented household and homeless (``street``) dog population surveys in one of the flagship locations.
Developed a database to house longitudinal data on dogs and their communities.
There are many good reasons to develop and implement humane and effective management approaches for homeless dogs and their communities. These reasons include reducing homeless dog numbers, reducing human diseases contracted from dogs and dog bites, reducing dog suffering, and reducing dog nuisance. These actions will provide greater well-being for homeless dogs, people, and communities. Please join us in supporting the Global Dog campaign through your generous donation.