Welcome!

News Feed Item

It's More than Sochi--Time to End Overpopulation of Dogs and Cats

Becker College Expert Calls for Positive Change

WORCESTER, Mass., Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The reported death sentence for thousands of stray dogs in Sochi, Russia, prior to the 2014 Winter Games, is just one example of a common practice worldwide, says Dr. Richard A. French, dean of the School of Animal Studies at Becker College. He shares some sobering and heart-breaking facts from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): three to four million dogs and cats are euthanized each year (National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy). That translates into 24 dogs and cats euthanized in the United States every minute, and a single animal euthanized every 2.4 seconds. In fact, in the time it will take you to read this article, nearly 100 cats and dogs will be killed.

While the exact numbers are difficult to validate, as there is no governing body that oversees all the shelters, rescues, and veterinary practices in the nation, overpopulation presents an ongoing and critical issue for the lives of these companion animals. That is why, as we commemorate February as Spay/Neuter Month and World Spay Day on February 25, it is important to understand the role we can play in safeguarding from continued overpopulation. 

The origin of the domesticated dog dates back over 15,000 years ago. When this domestication took place, humanity took on a responsibility by accepting stewardship. This month, if you haven't already done so, take on that responsibility and spay or neuter your pet(s). Not only does spaying/neutering have a significant impact on reducing overpopulation, but this procedure can ensure that your dog or cat has a longer, healthier life.

Consider the problems with overpopulation and the welfare of dogs and cats, growing issues that have grave consequences within, and beyond, the borders of our country. 

In Southwestern China a campaign to kill 50,000 dogs in five days took place to control a rabies outbreak (Reuters, June 16, 2009). The Romanian government has given the green light to the mass killing of thousands of stray dogs in the country's capital—after a four-year-old boy was attacked and killed while playing outside a park with his older brother, and thousands of people have reportedly been bitten by stray dogs. (Huffington Post, Jan. 16, 2014).  In Istanbul, the government proposed a law that would round up an estimated 150,000 stray cats and dogs and put them in forests on the outskirts of the city (Deutsche Welle, Aug. 10, 2013). Close to home, in the hard-hit city of Detroit, tens of thousands of stray dogs roam the streets, given up by owners who could no longer afford their care (New York Times, Sept. 21, 2013).

This global overpopulation has led U.S. animal rescue leagues to attempt to save dogs and cats from around the world by bringing them to our country. According to the World Health Organization, the U.S. is receiving dogs from Puerto Rico, Thailand, India, and many other countries. Public health becomes an issue, because India is in the midst of a rabies epidemic. Roughly 36% of the world's rabies deaths occur in India each year, most of whom are children who come into contact with infected dogs. More than 60,000 people die of rabies every year, predominantly in Asia and Africa; 40% of those bitten are children under 15 years of age. 

It is vital to control dog and cat populations for a number of reasons—from the control of zoonotic diseases such as rabies and leptospirosis, to maintaining public and animal welfare and ecosystem health. A good example of creating a positive impact on overpopulation and ecosystem health is a project in which Becker College is involved: the Mazunte Turtle Project in Oaxaca, Mexico. There, the stray dog population was threatening a number of sea turtle populations. Through a partnership with this Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association-sponsored initiative, students in the veterinary technology program assist volunteer veterinarians in spaying/neutering dogs, thereby gradually reducing the overpopulation and safeguarding the sea turtle populations.  

Global change starts at home—with us and the care of our pets, says French. Talk to friends and neighbors about responsible pet ownership. Learn more about the efforts of organizations, both in the U.S. and world-wide, committed to humanely reducing overpopulations, and find out how you can be involved. Let's do our part to increase the spread of humane pet care and positive change.

Media Contact: Sandy Lashin-Curewitz, 508.373.9529, [email protected]

SOURCE Becker College

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
In this presentation, you will learn first hand what works and what doesn't while architecting and deploying OpenStack. Some of the topics will include:- best practices for creating repeatable deployments of OpenStack- multi-site considerations- how to customize OpenStack to integrate with your existing systems and security best practices.
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Scott Davis, CTO of Embotics, discussed how automation can provide the dynamic management required to cost-effectively deliver microservices and container solutions at scale. He also discussed how flexible automation is the key to effectively bridging and seamlessly coordinating both IT and developer needs for component orchestration across disparate clouds – an increasingly important requirement at today’s multi-cloud enterprise.
Security, data privacy, reliability and regulatory compliance are critical factors when evaluating whether to move business applications from in-house client hosted environments to a cloud platform. In her session at 18th Cloud Expo, Vandana Viswanathan, Associate Director at Cognizant, In this session, will provide an orientation to the five stages required to implement a cloud hosted solution validation strategy.
You want to start your DevOps journey but where do you begin? Do you say DevOps loudly 5 times while looking in the mirror and it suddenly appears? Do you hire someone? Do you upskill your existing team? Here are some tips to help support your DevOps transformation. Conor Delanbanque has been involved with building & scaling teams in the DevOps space globally. He is the Head of DevOps Practice at MThree Consulting, a global technology consultancy. Conor founded the Future of DevOps Thought Leade...
Jo Peterson is VP of Cloud Services for Clarify360, a boutique sourcing and benchmarking consultancy focused on transforming technology into business advantage. Clarify360 provides custom, end-to-end solutions from a portfolio of more than 170 suppliers globally. As an engineer, Jo sources net new technology footprints, and is an expert at optimizing and benchmarking existing environments focusing on Cloud Enablement and Optimization. She and her team work with clients on Cloud Discovery, Cloud ...
Everyone wants the rainbow - reduced IT costs, scalability, continuity, flexibility, manageability, and innovation. But in order to get to that collaboration rainbow, you need the cloud! In this presentation, we'll cover three areas: First - the rainbow of benefits from cloud collaboration. There are many different reasons why more and more companies and institutions are moving to the cloud. Benefits include: cost savings (reducing on-prem infrastructure, reducing data center foot print, redu...
Founded in 2000, Chetu Inc. is a global provider of customized software development solutions and IT staff augmentation services for software technology providers. By providing clients with unparalleled niche technology expertise and industry experience, Chetu has become the premiere long-term, back-end software development partner for start-ups, SMBs, and Fortune 500 companies. Chetu is headquartered in Plantation, Florida, with thirteen offices throughout the U.S. and abroad.
The technologies behind big data and cloud computing are converging quickly, offering businesses new capabilities for fast, easy, wide-ranging access to data. However, to capitalize on the cost-efficiencies and time-to-value opportunities of analytics in the cloud, big data and cloud technologies must be integrated and managed properly. Pythian's Director of Big Data and Data Science, Danil Zburivsky will explore: The main technology components and best practices being deployed to take advantage...
SYS-CON Events announced today that DatacenterDynamics has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. DatacenterDynamics is a brand of DCD Group, a global B2B media and publishing company that develops products to help senior professionals in the world's most ICT dependent organizations make risk-based infrastructure and capacity decisions.
The standardization of container runtimes and images has sparked the creation of an almost overwhelming number of new open source projects that build on and otherwise work with these specifications. Of course, there's Kubernetes, which orchestrates and manages collections of containers. It was one of the first and best-known examples of projects that make containers truly useful for production use. However, more recently, the container ecosystem has truly exploded. A service mesh like Istio addr...
Most DevOps journeys involve several phases of maturity. Research shows that the inflection point where organizations begin to see maximum value is when they implement tight integration deploying their code to their infrastructure. Success at this level is the last barrier to at-will deployment. Storage, for instance, is more capable than where we read and write data. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Josh Atwell, a Developer Advocate for NetApp, will discuss the role and value...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busi...
New competitors, disruptive technologies, and growing expectations are pushing every business to both adopt and deliver new digital services. This ‘Digital Transformation’ demands rapid delivery and continuous iteration of new competitive services via multiple channels, which in turn demands new service delivery techniques – including DevOps. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Co-Chair Andi Mann, panelists examined how DevOps helps to meet the de...