A CALL TO ALL VETERINARIANS
Trip Start Oct 10, 2007
43Trip End May 15, 2008
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local economic situation and thus can not judge the people and communities that treat dogs as flies on a pick nick table.
The problem with the dogs gets so bad that
every so often the police round them up and shoot them all. Really the idea of "pets" is cultural and it is a privilege to think of animals as such. What is interesting to me is that in the midst of all these dying dogs with hanging bellies after giving birth to many invisible puppies, as in I´ve never seen any puppies, people will buy dogs as pets. I get the distinct feeling that "street dogs" are considered almost an entirely different species and thus are seen more like the way rats are seen, as disease ridden pests to be rid of. Of course, the pet owners have more money then most of the local population.
There are communities that have started spay and neuter programs and this helps tremendously. Got a hankering for practicing in a third world country and/or starting a similar program check out Guatemala. Your expertise would be nothing but welcomed.