Updated: Jan 9, 2020
An animal rescuer shared this story about her work in Puerto Rico:
“This female pit bull had been left behind to die by an uncaring owner. Worse, the property managers at this beach resort were actively prohibiting visitors from feeding her.
They were waiting for her to die. I cried for hours after seeing her; I felt so helpless. I will forever dedicate my volunteer work to this beautiful soul.”
“Puerto Rico had a 99% kill rate at its shelters. I saw dogs of all sizes and breeds dead along the highways, and the scene at parks and beaches was equally as grim.”
That was in 2014. Since then, the situation for animals in Puerto Rico has gotten even worse. Our mission is to help homeless dogs and cats like these, all over the world.
You may have heard of Puerto Rico’s notorious “Dead Dog Beach,” where hundreds of sickly, starving dogs roam in packs, dumped there by people who can’t or won’t take care of them anymore.
After Hurricane Maria in 2017, Dead Dog Beach was deserted: all the dogs had been killed in the storm.
Then the population of homeless dogs exploded.
Why? The people who fled the island left their animals behind. And many of those who stayed lost everything, including their ability to care for their pets.
The traditional solution to dog and cat overpopulation is surgical spay/neuter. But it's too expensive. It's chipping away at the problem--not solving it.
At 600 Million Dogs, we’re working to develop the ideal alternative: permanent, safe, inexpensive birth-control food.
A food that could be administered just once and prevent reproduction for the rest of an animal’s life.
The problem is, this permanent birth-control food is still in the R&D stage, and big drug companies aren't working on it, so we are.
Even though we're a small, grassroots nonprofit, we are determined to blaze a path forward by developing this product.
We've made progress but we need full-time scientists to finish the job, and we need your help!
If you would like to support this work, please visit our donate page HERE and make a tax-deductible gift of any amount. It will make a tangible impact ... and the animals will be forever grateful.
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