We launched our international work in 1996 with the International Companion Animal Welfare Conference held in Budapest, Hungary. The format of the conference combined presentations from experts with opportunities for networking, and was so successful that it now takes place annually.
Population Control Programme
Project grew out of the ICAWC conferences and a change in the animal welfare law in Romania that enabled outlawed the euthanasia of healthy animals and allowed local authorities to implement CNVR programmes. 9 th largest city in Romania with a population of 200,000 and a dog population of 4,000. We worked in partnership with SOS Dogs Oradea, Battersea Dogs Home, North Shore Animal Leagues, Marchig Animal Welfare Trust and FPCC
Just about to start… Increasing numbers of dogs since 2009 – not scale of Romania, but apply lessons early we can stop the situation before it gets worse. We will conduct a scientific count to find out the number of roaming dogs and a household survey to find out what attitudes are to dog ownership. This will highlight whether or not dogs are really breeding on the street or being abandoned from the owned population. Once we know situation on ground, we will work with key stakeholders (Government, Veterinary Profession, Dog owning public) to find solutions to the problems, which are causing an increase in stray dogs. By supporting them to introduce policies and programmes to promote responsible dog ownership, encourage neutering, and control deliberate breeding. In these early stages, we believe it is vital to start laying the foundations with future generations of dog owners at the earliest opportunity, so we will run an education programme to promote RDO in Sarajevo Canton. Moving to other areas of the country if our initial pilot programme is effective.
'Dogs Trust Silver Projects' (DTSP) are awarded GBP £50,000 as a one-off payment or phased grant for a short-term activity. DTSPs aim to support local partner NGOs with a short-term commitment of funding and expertise that will enable their organisation to take an important step up that will make a lasting difference to the welfare of dogs in their community. DTSPs aim to support organisations that share Dogs Trust’s beliefs and values and give them the ability to affect significant change in a short amount of time. The grant should be for a short-term project with a well-defined end point. Ideally we are looking to support projects lasting one or two years. Grantees that complete successful projects will be able to re-apply for funding in subsequent years. Proposals must demonstrate a clear need for the proposed project and specific objectives that are a realistic response to the identified need. Key criteria for assessment will be the organisation’s previous record in carrying out projects, the outcomes the project will deliver and the capacity of the organisation to deliver them.
Mission Rabies is led by the Worldwide Veterinary Service; it will utilize an all-terrain, mobile veterinary hospital to complete a Mission of running mobile veterinary clinics, outreach campaigns and training workshops across India. This vehicle is being built in the UK and after a period of activity in the UK, primarily at veterinary schools, will be shipped to India. The vehicle will be publically visible at BSAVA in April 2013. In September, to coincide with World Rabies Day on September 28, the Mission will vaccinate 50,000 dogs in 10 locations. In each location an overseas volunteer team will work with a local animal welfare organisation to deliver the vaccines. The vehicle will function as support for the vaccination teams and a veterinary training site during this time. After Mission Rabies is complete the vehicle will return to each checkpoint to continue providing veterinary support and training to the local organisations. This will help to further develop the India National Rabies Network (INRN) with Indian organizations to establish the countries first database recording where canine rabies vaccinations are given and by whom, supply cheap effective vaccine nationally and drive forward mass canine vaccination campaigns Significant investment is being made in the PR component of this project to ensure high visibility of Mission Rabies. This will hence create an opportunity to build support for mass vaccination in addition to ABC (neutering and vaccination in tandem) in India as a humane method of rabies control with a range of Indian stakeholders. WVS are also engaging a range of stakeholders in this project to boost professional and political buy-in, including WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association), AWBI (government advisor Animal Welfare Board of India) and APCRI (Association for the Prevention and Control of Rabies in India). DT funding started in October 2012 and is for the 3 years of the project. WVS is attracting additional, primarily veterinary, donors to join the project. In order to secure tax free importation this vehicle will be nominally donated to an India organisation (government or registered NGO). As long as the vehicle is proving effective and useful it is our aim that it stays in India where the dog welfare need is extremely high, however Dogs Trust will reserve the right to use the vehicle in other countries after the initial 3 years of the project.
Mdzananda Animal Clinic provides basic veterinary care to ill and injured animals in one of South Africa’s largest townships just outside Cape Town. This is at a price that their owners can afford and with over 30% of the households below the poverty line this requires significant subsidies from the clinic. DT funding has enabled them to increase their outreach work leading to a more than 3-fold increase in treatments through their mobile clinic resulting in nearly 1,000 animals treated since Dogs Trust funding started until end Jan 2013. To avoid transporting the more serious injury cases for diagnosis and treatment at a distant private clinic, DT is also funding an upgrade in their clinic facilities through investment in veterinary equipment including x-ray and orthopaedic equipment. Mdzananda Animal Clinic are in the final round of selecting their fundraiser, having been through one unsuccessful round of interviews. DT funding will also support this dedicated fundraising and marketing role to support future sustainability. DT support started in October 2012 and is proposed for 1 year, however the fundraising role is expected to require longer-term support. An evaluation field visit is planned for early autumn 2013 to assess the potential for continued support.
Many areas of Thailand have high numbers of street dogs and the island of Phuket is no exception, with many puppies being abandoned every year. Soi Dog Foundation has been working in Phuket since 2003 and they deal with large numbers of injured street dogs and abandoned puppies at their shelter for 400 dogs. Soi Dog want to deal with the problems they are facing proactively and make a concerted effort to reduce the number of dogs being abandoned to suffer on the streets each year. The project we are supporting is called PUP (Prevneting Unwanted Puppies) and it will work with 17 local authorities on the island to neuter 20,000 dogs in two years (both owned and unowned). Soi Dog will also conduct a massive education campaign to promote RDO.
Mention about staff exchanges.
Anaifeira – removal of asebestos
GAP programme: AAA – have changed their intake policy and are now selecting dogs they are confident they can rehome. This has led to an impressive increase in rehoming to 5-7 dogs per week mostly within Malta. Number of dogs in shelter 80-85. Expressed real gratitude to DT for all our support and very much appreciated the canine carers that visited them through the GAP programme. Philippines: - Unused ground at the back of the rescue centre is being turned into a play area; - Kennel mates now integrate training into their daily routines and interactions with dogs; - All dogs are now being trained to walk on a lead to increase the possibility of rehoming: - The most successful idea was to hold an adoption day, which led to rehoming of 74 dogs noted above!
ITP March 2013 - Gareth Thomas - Dogs Trust International Work
Dogs Trust‘Our International work’
Mission – “Making a lasting difference to dog welfare across the world”Strategy – Gold Silver Bronze: BFP Grants Training Programme International Conferences
GoldMajor 5-year projects within Europe.DT office on the groundSOS Dogs Oradea (CNVR) 2002 – 2007Dogs Trust Malta (PCP) 2009 – 2014Dogs Trust Bosnia 2012 - 2017
MaltaPromoting RDO, throughNeutering – 10,000 – Dec 2012 Subsidised for those on Welfare Targeted ‘roadshows’ where is free for 2 weeks Farmers, Factories Microchipping – June 2012And Education Approaching 30,000 children educated since Oct 2009.
Bosnia and Herzegovina 500 to 50,000 dogs in Sarajevo Working with key stakeholders - 11,000 Apply Lessons Learned early AW Education – 10,000 Veterinary Training Programme Neutering Public campaigns and CB for DPM
SilverUp to £50,000 per year Bahrain Greece India: ITC India: Mission Rabies Philippines Slovenia South Africa Thailand
Silver Bahrain 10,000 dogs Inhumane dog control CNVR - Sitra and Muharraq 1,000 More about politics than population control
PFO Task Force – new campaign started Feb 2013
Silver IndiaWVShttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iUzH7DTrcY5% reduction in 30,000 kids dyeing of rabies per year,a child a day
Silver The Philippines Dog Meat Trade1. Legislation2. Children’s education3. Training the Police4. Public campaigns5. Community Outreach
Silver SloveniaCommunity Based Dog Welfare Pomujre – North Slovenia Focus on engagement & education Neutering, Vaccination and Vet Care Dog Walks and Radio Romic Sustainability and Cost Saving
Silver South AfricaCommunity Based Dog Welfare Khayelitsha – 30 % below poverty Affordable vet treatment Outreach work x 3 X-ray and Orthopedic Sustainability and Fundraising
Silver ThailandCollect, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return- Conduct Stray Dog Survey- Sterilise 20,000 dogs in two years- 85% of population- To date 5,248 dogs
The grant enabled them to:-2 additional vets-2 additional dog catchers-Additional truck-Additional veterinary supplies and drugs
BronzeBest Friends Programme Training - ITP and ICAWC Grants / Gifts in KindLimited budget to which ICAWC and ITP delegates can apply for grants up to £5,000
Hungary, Rex, Toxic Sludge, 2010 BFP for equipment for clinic to treat these animals
Dogs Trust’s first ‘bamboo’ neutering clinic!BFP grant to STAN in Nepal
Vet students to S. Africa Mdzananda Clinic, Khayelitsha Peru Romania- replacing flood Dog kennels in Turkey damaged food suppliesVet studentsto Rajasthan,India
BronzeTrainingITPOverseas Education WorkshopOBWGlobal Assistance ProgrammeICAWCNDWC India
Registration is now open for ICAWC 2012! 16-18 October 2012 Vravrona, GreeceSign up today for the chance to hear speakers on rehoming, animal care, TNR, behaviour and training approaches and key veterinary topics as well as fundraising, marketing, social media and campaigning. Meet friends from NGOs, the veterinary profession, local municipality representatives and others interested in companion animal welfare. Register now at www.icawc.org
Straw baledog kennelMy ‘Beagle in a hay stack’3rd generation