In Cesar Millan’s show Leader of the Pack, Cesar works to find homeless dogs with behavioral problems the best family to help individual dogs. Adoption is a wonderful way to give homeless dogs a second chance and a great way for individuals to help solve an international problem at a local level. The problem of stray dogs around the world, however, is a massive one and many people do not realize the breadth of this issue. Cesar also works to educate people about the severity of this issue.
The World Society for the Protection of Animals states that there an estimated 75% of dogs in the world are strays. While homeless dogs are a problem in the United States, in some countries they are an epidemic. The obvious problem with this is the welfare of these canines which have difficult lives as they struggle to feed themselves and avoid abuse. It is a terrible life. There are other issues as well. The World Health Organization is very concerned about rabies, which without treatment is a deadly zoonotic disease (a disease the people can get from animals). Dog rabies potentially threatens over 3 billion people in Asia and Africa. People most at risk live in rural areas where human vaccines and immunoglobulin are not readily available or accessible. Besides rabies, there are also often issues with aggressive feral dog packs attacking people and even livestock. Overall, it is a problem that needs to be addressed, and addressed humanely in many countries.
In an article this month in the Huffington Post, Cesar Millan discusses the problem of satos, stray dogs in Puerto Rico as an example of this worldwide problem. There are an estimated 100,000 stray dogs roaming Puerto Rico. Cesar notes that, “The fact that Playa Lucia is now called Dead Dog Beach tells you a lot about what things are like for the satos in Puerto Rico.” These dogs starve, are hit by cars, are tortured and are even shot by people who go to the beach for target practice. The kill rate in shelters there is as high as 97 percent. How do you solve a problem this big? As Cesar points out, you start with a spay and neuter program.
According to the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) a humane and comprehensive approach is critical to solving the problem of homeless dogs worldwide. WSPA suggestions line up with Cesar Milan’s beliefs that sustainable population management strategies should include:
- Promoting responsible pet ownership.
- Legislative measures against cruelty to animals.
- Identification and registration of dogs.
- Neutering of stray and owned animals.
- Vaccination against rabies and other disease.
While we work to find ways to ease and hopefully solve the international problem of homeless dogs, adoption is a wonderful way to help locally. In this week’s episode of Leader of the Pack, Cesar meets Mambo, a Jack Russell mix with a Napoleon complex. He had so much energy his former owners couldn’t control him and now resides in a shelter. Finding the right family to manage these issues will give Mambo a second chance and the wonderful life that all dogs deserve. Watch this week’s episode of Leader of the Pack: Mambo Madness this Tuesday February 28 at 8 PM et/pt to meet Mambo. Maybe your home is the perfect place for a dog that needs a home!