I want to start this with a rant. I'm in a subdivision where some of the top businessmen, professionals and politicians in our city live. Our street is one of the main roads and it is also where cars from the National Highway who wanted to do short-cuts pass. This is supposedly one of the busiest streets here.
Unfortunately, people here would always choose to take another route, a longer route right beside the dangerous highway, than to walk down this street. Why? Because of the dogs who already owned this entire place.
For starters - these dogs aren't strays. They have owners. What bugs me is that these people, despite the fact that they have big houses and yards, are letting their pets do their business outside where they chase and bite passersby. What's worse - these dogs are probably not vaccinated! We live just a few blocks from the Barangay Hall and they're doing nothing about it.
There was a time when I was about to walk my son in his stroller. Luckily, I immediately saw a pack of dogs running to our direction. Without any second thought, I opened the gate again and pushed the stroller (with my son) inside. I almost got bitten but I had managed to get inside as fast as I could. My scream probably helped a little in stalling them. What if we, or my son, got bitten? He was only 8 months then!
|"Aso Mo, Itali Mo!" (Keep your dog on leash!)|
Here's a copy of this act from paws.org.ph.
For those who would take this literally - this doesn't mean you should tie your dogs to a tree or chain them somewhere 24/7. Keeping your dogs inside your yards where they wouldn't cause any harm to others is enough. This would also keep them safe from any accidents - from being hit by a car, being stolen or being poisoned from the things they could ingest outside.
In some places, this is being implemented. We were able to rescue some dogs from a number of dog pounds in the Metro. These poor animals we rescued were already a few days or hours away from being euthanized. If it's not for their owners negligence, they wouldn't be in those dogs pounds in the first place!
There were even newborn puppies and pregnant dogs. Many of them were sick when we got them. After a few days, some of them died because of Parvo. Unfortunately, the puppies weren't able to make it as well. Some were fortunate enough to survive. The survivors already have new families / homes as of today.
So where did these dogs come from? They were all caught roaming the streets!
As I had mentioned in my previous post, we can't rescue every dogs being abandoned. For every rescue, we rely on people's donations. And the whole thing doesn't stop there. After the rescue, of course, there will be medical expenses to consider.
To prevent all of these... the change should start with us - the dog owners. If you know you can't handle a possible 10 to 13 years of commitment with your dog, don't get one in the first place. If you can no longer take care of your pet, find someone who can! Don't just abandon it or let it live by itself on the streets. You'll be causing more harm.
I'm calling the attention of all local government officials, please do your jobs and put some priority to this act. Many dogs, as well as people, are at risk.