DOGS IN DISTRESS
Dogs are the most popular pets across the globe. Humanity in general care deeply for dogs and know that they care about us in return, offering us companionship, love and unshakeable loyalty. But statistics reveal that far too many dogs are in distress. According to National Geographic, there are more than 300 million street dogs worldwide. India alone is home to an estimated 35 million of them.
As the first domesticated species, dogs have been man’s best friend for a very long time. While the timing and location of dog domestication remains a controversy, several researchers believe that the event took place somewhere in northern Eurasia between 32,00 and 18,800 years ago. What we do know for sure is that our ancestors chose to live with dogs and even be buried with them. In exchange for picking the bones of hunts, ancient dogs defended humans against potential threats. Today, in similar fashion, dogs beg for our scraps and remain as protective as ever. Dogs have always had our well-being in mind… so why do so many people fail to show them kindness?
Suffering from extreme hunger, deadly disease and human cruelty, street dogs have an average lifespan of just three years. Network for Animals works to provide these poor creatures with food, safe shelter, and timely medical attention, including vital vaccinations and sterilizations. One of our focal points is the dog meat trade in Asia and parts of Africa where thousands of dogs are brutally slaughtered and sold for human consumption. Working with animal protection units and using our influence to lobby local government, it is our hope to bring this barbaric practice to an end once and for all. We understand the value of long-term solutions, which is why our organization also runs public awareness and educational outreach programs to change people’s mindsets about caring for their animals.
NFA’s “Dogs In Distress” campaign aims to give as many animals as possible a life free of pain and suffering. We support projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Mali, Mexico, Montenegro, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay and Zimbabwe.
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