Animal welfare organizations worldwide have been battling the stray and homeless animal problems and addressing their population reduction issue for years. Every organization has its own measures for stray animals population control. In Lithuania as well as in many other countries, stray animals tend to hoard near the usual food sources in urban areas, such as trash dumpsters, landfills, etc. Upon meeting them, people either are sympathetic, afraid or averse. The question remains, though why the situation seems to be far worse in particular countries, including Lithuania. For example, the colonies of stray animals as described above are largely extinct in the United Kingdom or Germany. Could that be due to active education, effective animal control measures, traditions or other reasons?
Unfortunately, one thing remains certain - millions of perfectly healthy and friendly cats and dogs are euthanized all over the world every year for the sole reason of overpopulation! And still one could say that the numbers of animals euthanized are actually too small, as the overpopulation problem never goes away.
This serves as a proof that euthanization does not work and is incapable of permanently reducing the numbers of stray cats and dogs. Nor can it reduce or resolve the problems that stray animals pose. Finally, capturing and euthanizing animals is also very expensive.
To reiterate, the attempts to resolve the stray animal overpopulation problem by killing them may only reduce certain symptoms of the problem, but not the problem itself.
Our organization aims to show that the stray and homeless animal overpopulation problem in Lithuania CAN be resolved by humane and effective measures that we advocate for.
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