Santisook Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation, in cooperation with the Veterinary Faculty, Chiang Mai University, organized an education program for pet owners to learn why they need to sterilize their pets. As many pet owners do not take responsibility for controlling the population of their pets. Many people still have an idea that it’s natural for pets to get pregnant and have babies but they do not think about the consequence that follows. If they have too many puppies and kittens, they cannot look after them and end up abandoning them on the streets or in temples. This will cause problems as these pets will be street dogs and cats and they have to try to survive by searching for food from garbage bins, or they be tortured by human beings. There are so many cases where dogs and cats have been poisoned to death as people do not like them around. This problem can get worse and worse if we do not help by stopping this circle. The most effective solution is to sterilize female and male dogs and cats. The idea of having an injection to stop pregnancy can cause more harm than good to pets, because if they have too many injections, this can cause the infection in the uterus which then needs to be removed by operation. Also, if the female dogs and cats are already pregnant and they have an injection, this can cause the death of the babies and is a risk to the mother. Male dogs and cats also need to be sterilized to make them less aggressive, so that they do not wander around and fight with others. Sterilization of your pets is not a complicated procedure – the wound will be healed within 3 -4 days, and after 7 days the stitches can be removed. For male dogs it is even simpler, as it’s a very small operation and the wound will be healed quickly.
The students decided to make a play about sterilization of pets so it’s easy for villagers to understand. At the end of the show, we gave a questionnaire and all people said they want their pets sterilized but they need support from the government for a free sterilization as they can not afford it. We will bring this issue to talk to the Livestock Department and also the Vet faculty of Chiang Mai University. This is a pilot project, and as the outcome is very positive we would like to widen this project to other areas in the future.
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