Sterilizing street animals will not save their lives! Part 1
Spay and Neutering is a very important process for a healthier life for the animals. This is what we all keep promoting to encourage pet owners and animal lovers to sterilize their pets or the street animals they care for. But we are wrong!! Sterilization doesn’t guarantee a healthier and safer live for the animals, especially the ones living in the street.
Vaccination is the key. In all CNVR Programs the main message is sterilize and vaccinate the street animals for a safer and healthier environment of us all. Again, it is not totally right. The CNVR programs promote Rabies Vaccination for human safety “Each vaccinated animal against Rabies save a human live”, The Rabies Vaccination campaigns that we run are totally related to the human welfare not just the animal welfare, it is crucial as a prevention procedures to try to eliminate the human death due to rabid dog bite.
Very recently, we have received reports about sick sterilized dogs, some diagnosed with distemper and other with parvo (especially those under one year old), both diseases are very fatal, very contagious to the animals living in the surrounding of the sick dog and the moral rate of them both is above 90%. What is the point of sterilizing street animals and returning them back to the street, vulnerable to get sick. It is not just heartbreaking and emotionally stressful to the feeders and those who care and sponsor these animals, but more importantly it keeps an increasing rate of unhealthy animals in the street which have a very negative impact on the environment as a whole. For our message to be correct and realistic, all sterilized street animals should be vaccinated against Rabies (for human safety) and vaccinated against all common diseases that spread in their area. One sick dog with Distemper, Parvo, kennel cough, or any other contagious disease would spread that disease in the entire area, it would put domestic pets and street animal in dangerous.
It is a common knowledge that the life of a street animal does not exceed two to three years, as they are exposed to all sort of diseases, car accidents, cold weather and hot weather not to mention abuse and poison. The fact is, now a days, with the attention toward street animals is positively growing, the community of feeders is growing as well and the medical care for street animals is growing with it. We receive within the CNVR programs dogs over five years old and some in the senior stage of 10+.
The main goal now is to provide a healthy, safe and clean environment for all, humans and animals alike. If they live one year or ten, it is our responsibility to provide the optimum health condition during their lives. Having a healthy street animal, means a healthy surrounding, a healthy environment.
A fully vaccinated and sterilized street animal is the real meaning of a healthy environment.
That still did not answer our question; would that process save their lives?