Save Russian World Cup City Dogs
The Russian government has allocated funds to exterminate the stray dogs roaming the host cities of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The exterminations have already begun, and the clock is ticking!
World Animal Awareness Society (WA2S) will be in Russia from March 24 through April 7, 2018 to save as many of the dogs as possible.
Working with Ekaterina Dmitrieva, Director of Moscow's Urban Animal Protection Fund, the WA2S team will be deployed to identity and save as many stray and homeless dogs as possible.
Our specific goals are:
1. To identify as many stray dogs at risk to be exterminated as possible
2. Meet with local authorities to help broker life deals for the dogs,
3. Gather useful scientific data - through canine survey of the extent of the stray dog crisis. Data will be used to facilitate humane - non lethal - resolutions, such as sanctuaries, shelters, through a developing foster network, etc. (The American Strays Canine Survey is a unique WA2S program developed for the American Strays 2030 Project)
4. Help facilitate new homes for as many dogs as can be networked.
Tick! Tick! Tick! Time is truly running out for the dogs of the 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia host cities. We must gather at least $10,000 in donations by February 28, 2018. We need to time secure the visas.
Time is running out! Save The Russia World Cup Soccer City Dogs!
This video was presented Feb 1, 2018 by France 2 TV
For more information about the American Strays 2030 Project and Canine Survey from the World Animal Awareness Society
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Before money was allocated to exterminate dogs in Russia host cities:
We do not have to stand idly by and do nothing - we can make a difference and your donations will help save lives!
Tick! Tick! Tick! Time Is Really Running Out!
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How is it 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia has a Wolf named Zabivaka as the mascot, yet the Russian government is exterminaing homeless dogs in the street?
Former Russian city Odessa, Ukraine is now considered one of the most compassionate dog aware city's that no longer collects dogs off the street only to kill them.
In 2016 a census of the homeless dogs on the street was conducted by volunteers after animal activists forced change. The census was completed and interventions that were non lethal were introduced, including the very controversial dog T-N-R (Trap, Neuter, Return). A practice not supported in most of the rest of the world, including North America. Mostly, because dogs still bite, and not enough data exists yet to underscore this method.
In 2018 the World Animal Awareness Society will re-survey Odessa, Ukraine to understand if the mitigation recommended in 2016 and implemented since is having any effect.
The dogs in this video wearing tags, have been vaccinated and neutered then returned to the street.
There is evidence to suggest that it is better to have a known, existing dog occupy a public space then it is to have an unknown dog take his place if the known dog is taken away. If the conditions exist to support dogs, others will always take the place of a dog removed. At least that is the theory. There are studies to review.
The WA2S stray dogs team is heading to more than a half dozen 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia host cities months prior to the soccer matches being played, to get a good look at how Russia is dealing with its stray / homeless dog crisis.
It has been suggested that the government will be removing the dogs from the streets for the events because they do not want people to see dogs everywhere on their streets like here in Odessa, Ukraine. To much of a safety issue for sure. The risk of fans getting bitten is not something the government or Fifa wish to endure. So, what then? Collecting and hiding away and / or killing?
Even though Odessa is now seen as a new compassionate-to-animals city in Eastern Europe. What will the World Cup cities do when the matches have been completed? Will they let those dogs back on the street? Will they exterminate them? Will other dogs take their place, because of this new void? We don't yet know.
However, we are going to find out. Stay tuned as we share stories of streets dogs from Saint Petersburg to Rostov-on-Don, Russia and every world cup city in between.
A huge thank you goes out to Odessa, Ukraine animal lover and newest WA2S member Elvira for filming these dogs. This is Elvira's neighborhood on the North side of Odessa, and she looks forward to working on the survey next.
Thank you so much for helping us save 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia host city stray dogs. About 1% has been raised towards this hugely important life saving mission.
How do we pick up the pace and get the word out more? Do we need to use #BloodyFifa to get attention?
Would it be helpful to get an update from Ekaterina Dmitrieva in Moscow this week?
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