Holland chose to deal with the problem of stray dogs. The government’s and citizens’ combined efforts yielded great results: the country is now dog-free!
Stray dogs are a major issue in many countries throughout the world. Local governments are concerned about the harmful consequences of these animals on the city environment and human health, while animal welfare groups focus on their health and well-being.
As a result, communities must devise and implement a number of policies and programs that address the serious nature of the problem, as well as its origins and consequences, in order to enhance both environmental and public health.
According to the World Health Organization, there are approximately 200 million stray dogs on the planet. Some believe that overcoming this problem is impossible, but the stray dogs of Holland will show them incorrect.
This is how the Netherlands became the first country to successfully abolish dog homelessness.
Although Holland may not be the first country that springs to mind when thinking of a country without homeless dogs, they surely made it.
In the 1800s, having a dog was considered a status symbol in Dutch households, and practically every household had at least one canine.
However, during the rabies pandemic of the early 1900s, many pets were abandoned by their owners and forced to fend for themselves on the streets.
The animals married and multiplied as they roamed free. Holland was inundated by stray dogs by the twenty-first century. Finally, the institutions determined that action was required and that something needed to be done.
A group of legislators, public health authorities, and animal advocates came together to find a solution to the problem that did not include culling (selective slaughter to reduce an animal population).
They devised a comprehensive plan to rid Holland of stray dogs through joint efforts and collaboration.
Sterilization is the first step.
The most important component in the stray dog population explosion was their reproduction. Two dogs have a litter of puppies, the survivors have their own litter when they are fully grown, and the cycle continues. As a result, a stringent sterilization program for all stray dogs was implemented across the country. In just a few months, almost 70% of female strays were sterilized, resulting in a significant reduction in the number of puppies born on the streets.
After that, the neutered dogs were examined and given all of the necessary vaccinations to prevent the spread of rabies and other diseases.
Step 2: Adoption of Legislation
This was necessary in order to keep pets safe.
Animal welfare legislation was enacted, granting all animals the right to a good existence, and violators might face fines of up to $16,000 or three years in prison.
To enforce the new regulations and investigate reports of people who broke them, a special animal police squad was formed.
The leader of the Party for Animals, Marianne Thieme, said:
“Animals, as well as our entire civilization, require the services of the animal police. “Violence against animals and violence against humans are inextricably linked.”
Additionally, the tax on store-bought dogs was raised to encourage individuals to adopt instead of buy and to deter those from running puppy mills.
Step 3: Launch a campaign
The final stage, of course, was to find new homes for the once homeless canines. As a result, they launched a campaign encouraging people to adopt instead of buying from breeders. It stressed the advantages of getting a dog as a pet. It explained to people that when they adopt a dog, they are saving it from a life of abuse, neglect, and hunger by giving it a loving home, which it had previously been denied.
The campaign’s success was unquestionably owing to the fact that the government and the people collaborated to solve the problem.
Approximately 90% of the population now owns dogs and provides them with the necessary love and care, and over one million canines have been rescued and removed from the streets.
Holland, I congratulate you!
You’ve set a fantastic example for other countries to emulate!