Many of the communities that we work in are home to large numbers of free-roaming dogs and cats.
There are many causes that lead to these circumstances including unregulated breeding of unneutered animals, limited knowledge and acceptance of neutering, limited veterinary provisions and preventative animal care, and poor waste management.
Mayhew is working to address these issues. We work with government authorities, veterinary training establishments and local animal welfare groups to develop programmes that will provide a sustainable solution to the problem.
Kabul Municipality historically controlled their street dog population by poisoning the dogs with strychnine, hidden in meat. This poisoning causes convulsions and impaired breathing, and often takes over an hour to kill the animal.
Thankfully in January 2017, Mayhew signed a landmark agreement with Kabul Municipality to stop culling dogs in the city. We agreed that we would implement a mass canine rabies vaccination programme and develop a sustainable dog population management strategy. This programme began in August 2017 with the support of the local authority, and is now in its third cycle.
In early 2019, we launched a neutering programme in Kabul, to trap, vaccinate, neuter and return the free-roaming dog population in Kabul, helping to combat the spread of Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumour (CTVT), and other zoonotic diseases. This was shortly followed by the opening of our Animal Birth Control (ABC) centre, allowing us to spay and neuter dogs across Kabul.
Mayhew International has been working in Georgia since 2014. We have assisted Tbilisi City Council develop a street dog population management programme. We fund a Trap, Vaccinate, Neuter, Return programme (TVNR), and we are the only organisation who administer the complex vaccine, protecting dogs against common infectious diseases such as parvo and distemper, within such a programme. We provide veterinary training in Georgia, helping better animal welfare standards for dogs and cats.
To help manage the street dog population, volunteers bring the dogs for neutering at either New Vet Clinic or the Free Agrarian University Vet Clinic, where the vets have received training from Mayhew’s veterinary team. The team have also carried out two surveys in Tbilisi, which will help us determine our next steps in Georgia. The first survey was completed by Tbilisi residents and covered their attitude towards dogs living on the street and if they understood what a ‘tagged’ dog was (neutered and vaccinated against rabies). The second was completed by vets to understand their attitude to neutering and what further training is required.
In 2019 Mayhew travelled to the western part of Georgia to assess the free-roaming dog situation in Zugdidi and Anaklia.
For nearly a decade, we have been funding an Animal Birth Control and vaccination programme with local charity, HOPE and Animal Trust. Based in Ranchi, India, HOPE’s team has neutered over 70,000 dogs - over 74% of the dog population.
Life is hard for a street dog in India as they must cope with disease, scarcity of food and abuse. The neutering programme is helping reduce the number of animals that struggle each day. The number of street and community dogs that have been treated is now visible on the streets of Ranchi. The locals are starting to feel much safer and more secure in the community knowing the dogs are being vaccinated.