To make life better for street dogs
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About the NGO
The Welfare of Stray Dogs
In pre-Independent India, to eradicate human rabies the British introduced the programme of culling 50,000 dogs every year - a ritual that continued for many years post Independence. It was only in 1993 that this inhumane method was declared a failure - as both human rabies deaths and the street dog population had increased.
WSD recognised that blindly adopting a solution brought in by developed countries would not work in developing countries such as India where the urban conditions are different. They identified two main problems - exposed garbage and a huge population of slum and street-dwellers, who often keep the dogs as free-roaming pets.
So they have been conducting mass sterilisation of stray dogs to control the population, raising awareness about rabies and prevention methods, carrying out on-site first aid for dogs and encouraging residents to adopt Indian dogs.
Till date, WSD have impacted the lives of 1,50,000 street dogs through sterilisation, vaccination, healthcare, education and adoption.