Better lives for dogs

We move governments worldwide to create better lives for dogs by ending brutal inhumane culling practices. Humane alternatives to culling don’t only exist – they’re more effective

Why are dogs culled?

Stray dogs can cause problems in communities. They can pose a threat to public health by spreading rabies and other diseases, they can cause damage to livestock and wildlife, or they may behave aggressively towards people.

But instead of examining the root causes of stray dog populations, such as irresponsible ownership and overbreeding, some governments look to culling as a quick-fix solution. Dragged through the streets, electrocuted, poisoned or gassed – culling is nearly always a horrendous and painful death.

Our solution

Culling dogs is never an answer. The misconception that culling is the best way to reduce dog populations or stamp out threats to public health causes enormous suffering.

The only way to eliminate the virus is through vaccination. Vaccinating at least 70% of the dogs in an area creates 'herd immunity', slowing the spread of rabies until it dies out. So we work with governments to develop vaccination plans that involve local communities and address the specific problems people face.

We work with governments and communities around the world to show them that our proven methods of humane dog population management are the only way forward.

We follow the International Companion Animal Management (ICAM) coalition’s dog population management methodology. It’s a full cycle of action, addressing the root causes of large free-roaming dog populations, which we use to help governments manage dogs humanely and to help communities to live in harmony with dogs.

The solutions we reach together can involve educating owners and communities, legislation, dog registration, vaccinating against rabies, sterilization, rehoming – or a combination of some or all of these.

We help governments to monitor and evaluate progress too, ensuring we create humane change that lasts.

Together, we can move the world to achieve better lives for dogs.

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Support our work to protect dogs

Dogs – like all animals – have a right to live without suffering. So we work with governments and communities to manage dog populations humanely. And we help people learn how to look after dogs responsibly. We do all of these things to stop millions of dogs being culled without reason every year – and to help communities and dogs live together healthily and without fear.

Please donate and help us give a better life to as many dogs as we can.

Latest campaign news

September 25 2017
This year, just in time for World Rabies Day (September 28), we are pleased to announce a new ambassador for our Better Lives for Dogs campaign, and expansion of the international vaccination program to Sierra Leone