How to contribute to the welfare and well-being of street dogs
Humans consider street dogs a nuisance to their living, and they seek permanent solutions to the problems they face due to the continuous and rapid growth in the street dog population. One primary issue with street dogs is that when they increase in number swiftly, they tend to consider themselves as the complete owner of our streets. Also, the incidents of dog bites and dog accidents increase with the growth in their number, which further calls for human attention to find solutions to this alarming situation. But finding solutions to providing street dogs with proper living has its own set of challenges as street dogs are living beings that deserve medical care and many other essential things for their well-being. Finally, it becomes our responsibility to contribute to alleviating their living conditions and mitigate the risks of them getting infected with diseases and sicknesses that come from scarcity of basic needs like food, medicine, and shelter. Below, we list a few points that shall positively impact the lives of street dogs and their overall well-being.
Make arrangements for proper food and water: The first step toward street dog welfare is providing adequate food and water. Place a water bowl outside your house and refill it with fresh water once or twice daily. Remember, dog bowls quickly become a haven for germs, so ensure you clean them regularly. When you see a dog coming to your yard to drink water, please give it some food as well. The best food for them is dog food, but if you don’t have the means to get that, you can always give them bread, eggs, curd, and boiled chicken.
Participate in dog welfare programs: Whenever you hear that the local dog welfare bodies are conducting dog welfare programs like animal birth control (also widely known as ABC program), dog vaccination drives or anti-rabies drive, do contribute to their initiatives. Look around your house or neighborhood for sick, diseased, newly born, or lactating mothers, and identify them for the authorities during such drives. Neutering and spaying are good methods to control the street dog population. Thus, if you are an owner of a street dog who is birthing puppies frequently, seek help from local NGOs or dog volunteers to control and prevent this condition.
Make shelters for street dogs: During the seasons of harsh weather, dogs tend to take refuge in the areas inside your house, which many people may not like. One effective way to save them from these rough conditions is to make temporary shelters for street dogs outside your houses to protect them from rain, sun, and cold. The shelters could easily be made from inexpensive things like cardboard, rain protection sheets, or blankets; if you could spend a little extra, you can buy a dog house. In all respects, providing shelter will immensely help their well-being as it will give them a sense of comfort and security.
Get medical help for them: Living on the streets keeps street dogs vulnerable to contracting diseases and illnesses dangerous to their lives and humans. These diseases have the potential to turn into an out-of-control phenomenon. Therefore, don’t ignore a sick dog or a dog showing signs of illness. You must immediately seek medical help and call up the accredited organization working for the welfare of street dogs for taking their medical services. If you cannot reach them, find dog volunteers or rescue groups for assistance.
Raise awareness about the welfare of street dogs: You must raise awareness and convince people in your locality, groups, and work that we all have to work for the welfare of street dogs to lessen the chances of going through brutal conflicts with them. Use far-reaching free sources like social media to disseminate information about street dogs’ welfare policies and initiatives by local government departments, NGOs, and recognized welfare organizations.
To summarize, it is not our choice to neglect street dogs or contribute to their welfare – it’s our responsibility. Simple steps like advocating for them to provide food, shelter, and medical care can significantly help change their survival circumstances. Helping street dogs not only improves their lives but also promotes a feeling of compassionate society that we prefer to live in.