The Bahrain Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA), in an effort to humanely address the problem of the many stray dogs in Bahrain,, launched a Catch, Neuter, Return (CNR) program together with the London-based- Dogs Trust International. This five-year campaign is expected to cost $795,000.
Starting around the mid week of July 2012, the BSPCA will conduct surveys to get an accurate count of homeless dogs in the country. The survey will be available online.
The CNR project is designed to:
- Humanely stop stray dogs from breeding,
- So as to minimize the number of dogs being shot by police or hit by cars on the streets.
- The dogs will receive a health checkup, vaccinations, and be anesthetized before they are castrated.
- Then they will be released back to the streets or original place of habitat, to carry on their normal lives,
- But without being able to reproduce.
The BSPCA is based in Shakhura and is a charity run by volunteers who care enough to help save the abandoned and stray animals of Bahrain.
WHAT IS THE CATCH, NEUTER AND RETURN POLICY?
- Catch, neuter and return targets stray cats and dogs.
- These animals are caught, then neutered, vaccinated and treated for any illnesses.
- They are then released back to the same environment from where they came from.
- Volunteers in the same community help provide so-called ‘loose care’ to all returned stray animals.