Facts of Suffering

Why do we do this work? Because we are outraged and devastated by the unimaginable suffering being inflicted upon and endured by countless helpless animals. ​

We also do this because we have every reason to believe that

we can bring an end to a vast amount of this suffering by using

science to benefit animals, science that to a large extent has

been ignored until now. ​

We consider it our civic duty and an honor to be tackling the

global pet overpopulation problem, to end the cycle of

suffering for 1 billion strays and also prevent the deaths of

over 30,000 children who die from rabies each year.

The problems we are confronting come in many shapes

and sizes, such as the following painful realities ... ​

Stray dogs are inhumanely killed in over 60 countries. ​

Inhumane killing methods include: 

  • beating to death 

  • poisoning

  • hanging

  • electrocution

  • crushing dogs to death
    in garbage trucks

  • feeding dogs food laced with
    broken glass, causing the dogs
    to bleed to death

Painful human deaths from rabies and the suffering of

stray dogs are directly connected. ​

The World Health Organization reports: ​

Globally, over 90% of all people who die from rabies receive

the fatal infections from infected stray dogs. ​

Every 15 minutes a child dies from rabies. ​

Every month over 1 million people are treated for rabies. ​

Every year at least 59,000 people, about half of whom are

children, die from rabies. ​

In 2019 the New York Times and others reported that the

government of Australia plans to kill up to 2 million feral cats

 using poison, trapping and shooting. ​

Mass killings of up to 45,000 dogs are ordered in places such

as China and Brazil to remove strays from sight prior to

high-profile events such as the Summer and Winter Olympics. ​

 

Approximately 1,000 stray dogs are killed each day in

Mexico City in an effort to control rabies, yet 1 to 3 million

strays remain. ​

 

Baghdad, Iraq, has an estimated 1 million stray dogs. 

Since 2010 forty teams of Iraqi employees have been issued

shotguns to shoot stray dogs on sight to control rabies. ​

 

In the midst of a rabies epidemic in 2009, a mass killing of

100,000 stray dogs was ordered in Kashmir, India, then

cancelled - yet the strays remain. ​

 

Worldwide there are an estimated 600 million stray dogs on

any given day. ​

 

Females over the age of six months can give birth to a litter

of 4 to 12 pups. ​

 

Every six months this cycle repeats. ​

 

An estimated one billion homeless pups are born yearly.

 

Many live in a constant state of hunger and suffer

from painful diseases which are never treated.
 

Most die in pain before the age of three.
 

Each year the number of stray dogs increases.

 

So what can be done?

About 90% of the time the action taken is to kill the strays. ​

 

About 10% of the time the action taken is to perform the

labor-intensive process of capturing each dog, vaccinating

them against rabies and/or performing costly spay or neuter

surgery. ​

Sadly the free-roaming strays can always reproduce faster than

we can catch and perform surgery on them. ​

 

We believe there is a better way.

Learn more about Our Mission

Facts of Suffering

Why do we do this work?

Because we are outraged

and devastated by the

unimaginable suffering being

inflicted upon and endured by

countless helpless animals.

We also do this because we have 

every reason to believe that 

we can bring an end to a vast

amount of this suffering by

using science to benefit animals,

science that to a large extent 

has been ignored until now.

We consider it our civic duty

and an honor to be tackling

the global pet overpopulation

problem, to end the cycle of

suffering for 1 billion strays

and also prevent the deaths of

over 30,000 children who die

from rabies each year.

The problems we are confronting

come in many shapes and sizes

such as the following painful realities ...

Stray dogs are inhumanely killed 
in over 60 countries. 

Inhumane killing methods include: 
 

  • beating to death 

  • poisoning

  • hanging

  • electrocution

  • crushing dogs to death
    in garbage trucks

  • feeding dogs food laced with
    broken glass, causing the dogs
    to bleed to death

Painful human deaths from rabies 
and the suffering of stray dogs
are directly connected.

World Health Organization reports

reveal that ...

Globally, over 90% of all people 

who die from rabies

receive the fatal infections 

from infected stray dogs.

Every 15 minutes
a child dies from rabies.

Every month over 1 million people 

are treated for rabies. 

Every year at least 59,000 people, 

about half of whom are children,

die from rabies.

In 2019 the New York Times

and  others reported that the

government of Australia plans

to kill up to 2 million feral cats 

using poison, trapping

and shooting. 

Mass killings of up to 45,000 dogs 

are ordered in places such as

China and Brazil, to remove strays

from sight prior to high-profile

events such as the Summer and

Winter Olympics.

Approximately 1,000 stray dogs 

are killed each day in Mexico City 

in an effort to control rabies,

yet 1 to 3 million strays remain. 

Baghdad, Iraq, has an estimated 

1 million stray dogs.  Since 2010 

forty teams of Iraqi employees 

have been issued shotguns 

to shoot stray dogs on sight, 

to control rabies.

In the midst of a rabies epidemic

in 2009, a mass killing of 100,000
stray dogs was ordered in
Kashmir, India, and then cancelled
due to public outcry

- yet the strays remain.

Worldwide there are an estimated 

600 million stray dogs
on any given day. 

Females over the age of six
months can give birth to a litter

of 4 to 12 pups. 

Every six months

this cycle repeats. 

An estimated one billion

homeless pups are born yearly. 


Many live in a constant state of

hunger and suffer from painful

diseases which are never treated.  


Most die in pain before

the age of three.


The number of stray dogs

increases each year.

So what can be done?

About 90% of the time

the action taken is to kill the strays. 

About 10% of the time 

the action taken is to perform

the labor-intensive process 

of capturing each dog,

vaccinating them against rabies

and/or performing 

spay or neuter surgery.

Sadly the free-roaming strays 

can always reproduce faster than

we can catch and

perform surgery on them.

We believe there is a better way. 

Learn more about Our Mission

Thank you for caring.

Alex Pacheco

600 Million Stray Dogs Need You
Founder
Animal Rights Hall of Fame 
Inductee
Adopt A Pet 
Co-Founder
PETA Co-Founder 
Chairman (1980-2000)
Sea Shepherd 
Crew Member of the Year
Peace Abbey 
Courage of Conscience Award

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