Sometimes, You Just Can’t Give It Away
If you’re reading this article in the UK or the USA, it is likely that you see neutering simply as an integral part of responsible pet ownership. Not only does it prevent female animals getting pregnant, but it also helps reduce territorial behaviours and aggression, so why wouldn’t you do it?
Before continuing, please be advised that some readers may find some of the following upsetting to read, as it includes information about culling practices.
First Month Complete!
We’re now a full month into our mobile clinic programme and it has been an enlightening journey! The great thing about community projects is the conversations you can have with local people, learning more about what they need and why situations are as they are.
An insight into the number of roaming dog in Cusco
When you’re looking through our PAWS website or social media, you may find yourself thinking, “But if these dogs have owners, why are they on the streets and why do they need our help?” That’s a good question, and part of the answer lies in societal attitudes towards animal welfare.
We were so excited at the start of 2020 having received a grant from The Summerlee Foundation, to buy a vehicle and kit it out as a mobile veterinary clinic. While we’ve been supporting animal shelters in Cusco for years, with volunteers and financial contributions, we thought it was time to take a more head-on approach to the problem. And a mobile clinic, offering free veterinary care and neutering in rural villages, was the way forward.
Before continuing, please be advised that some readers may find some of the following upsetting to read, as it includes descriptions of inhumane acts committed against animals.
What We Do
PAWS works to improve the welfare of street dogs in the villages around Cusco, Peru. Most are owned, roaming dogs that spend their lives on the streets but are fed by their owners, often used as security dogs to protect property and sometimes to guard over livestock.
Our mission is to reduce the overpopulation of dogs through a sterilisation programme and improve their quality of life through vaccinations, health checks and educating the people in the villages. Using our mobile veterinary clinic, we can visit the dogs and provide healthcare and sterilisations where they live.