Happily, a humane response has been developed in the form of The (C)ave Canem Project. The project promotes and facilitates the adoption of dogs by Italians and foreign visitors. Besides vaccinating and spaying, the organization also provide each dog with a European Passport making it easier for foreigners to adopt. The Project also feed and care for the dogs within the ruins.
I’d much rather bring a dog home from a trip than some touristy tchotchke. Wouldn’t it be cool if other countries developed similar programs for their stray animal problems? (thanks Jennifer!)
Before you condemn Baghdad officials for this horrific slaughter, let me put this into terms to which you can better relate. Depending on the figure you use for the area of Baghdad (78.8 – 283.4 sq. miles) and using the lower estimate of strays (1.25 million), that breaks down to 12-39 stray dogs per city block. Can you even imagine what it would be like to live with anything close to that number of feral dogs—hungry, with parasites, and possibly diseased—running loose around your home? This is a public health issue.
I can’t wait a week to post this, so you get two Friday Funs today. Here’s more amazing inter-species play—fun & fascinating to watch. This family cared for the deer after it was found alone & starving. Now an adult, Theen still comes to visit Buddy the Lab. (thanks Holly!!)