Homeless dogs (via)
Mexico has a homeless pet problem. No one knows for sure how many dogs and cats roam the streets of our neighbors to the south, but there are estimates in the hundreds of thousands.
Most Mexicans would prefer to buy a puppy or kitten than to adopt a pet, and there's very little adherence to pet sterilization, which only exacerbates the homeless pet situation. But street dogs and cats of Mexico are not a priority, and though these poor creatures may be destructive to property and carry disease, neither pity for the poor creatures nor the negative impact on humans is not changing the cultural attitude toward strays very fast.
Some volunteer-run pet shelters care for homeless dogs and cats, especially their medical needs, but those shelters are nothing like those in the U.S. Many of the Mexican shelters are operated by U.S. and/or international charities.
Ms. Sheila Irais Peña, a PhD student in veterinary medicine at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM) in Mexico City, has a new project to help reduce unwanted dog and cat births. She is currently testing a contraceptive dry pet food additive. If successful, the method would be more acceptible to those who don't want to put their pets through sterilization surgeries, not only in Mexico, but throughout the world.
Feral cat colony (via)
Though there are sound medical reasons for spaying and neutering other than to prevent pet pregnancies, reducing the birth rate of dogs and cats in countries where there is not enough care for these animals should be a primary concern.
Ms. Peña has a great idea for a significant contribution to animal welfare throughout the world. We wish her success!