How to save street dogs from road accidents
When we think of street dogs, they have come a long way with us in evolution. They are an integral part of human settlements in developing nations. With advancements in the transport and motor industry, they are constantly at risk of getting gravely injured or killed in a road accident. They don’t understand the rules of crossing roads, so humans must ensure to mitigate their chances of being run over by vehicles. Though it may not be possible to make the roads completely risk-free for them, there are several steps we could take to help prevent such fatal scenarios and save them.
- The government should spread awareness about the low-to-heavy dog zone areas and warn drivers of the potential risks of suddenly encountering dogs on the roads. Put road signs to slow down, be cautious, and be aware of the possible chances of street dogs’ appearance.
- Surviving on the streets without proper shelters lets the street dogs wander more to find a safe refuge during harsh weather. Governments must take the initiative and develop programs to provide more and more shelters for street dogs. It must stay proactive in making good policies to encourage the opening of more street dog welfare societies, dog NGOs, trusts, and street dog well-being and welfare organizations. Incentivizing them with special aid, grants, and incentives should be the key highlights of such good policies.
- Individuals, NGOs, and government organizations working for street dogs must run street dog population-control programs. Sterilizing programs like spaying and neutering can prevent them from facing the deadly consequence of out-of-control growth, thereby preventing them from wandering the streets and meeting with accidents.
- Governments must educate people to give street dogs adequate food and fresh water. The availability of basic things will prevent dogs from crossing streets to look for them and thus stay away from accidents.
- The government, dog welfare organizations, volunteers, and dog lovers must put in efforts to collaborate to provide more resources and support for street dogs. With their collaboration efforts, programs and services like medical help, sterilization, rescuing, vaccination, and feeding can be executed to help reduce their number and, therefore, the accidents.
To summarize, including government efforts, other entities (such as individuals, NGOs, communities, societies, volunteers, and dog lovers) working for street dogs’ welfare must collaborate practically to devise strategies to protect street dogs from meeting with fatal accidents. They must help spread awareness and educate people, draft and run effective programs to disseminate information on how to strategize human operations and functioning on the roads to reduce the chances of dogs meeting with accidents. We must all come forward together to make accident-free streets and safe living environment for our furry buddies.