Rez Dogs is a great documentary about a very complex issue. Our dog, Saffron, was a stray on the Yakama Reservation in central Washington and because of her, I’ve tried to become more educated about Rez Dogs. This documentary wasn’t easy to watch, but I think it’s important to know what’s going on and to try to understand the issues. (via our good friend Holly & her 3 awesome Rez Dogs)
I think poverty is at the root of the problem and until that changes, Rez Dogs will have a hard life. An understandable distrust of outsiders doesn’t help either. Animal control services on reservation are often underfunded or non-existant. Can you imagine running a shelter with $300 dollars worth of supplies per year? This problem isn’t unique to Reservations either. Many places with over-taxed, crumbling, or non-existant municipal infrastructures have problems with stray dogs—Russia, Iraq, Mexico, India, Bulgaria, etc. Please click below to watch Rez Dogs.