FOUR PAWS neuters 300 stray dogs and cats during three week project in Bulgarian town of Vidin
A FOUR PAWS team has neutered more than 300 stray animals during a three week project in the town of Vidin in north-western Bulgaria. The team, including two vets, two animal-catchers and one FOUR PAWS clinical worker started the project in the middle of March.
This is the second FOUR PAWS project in Vidin in the last six months. During a two week programme in November, FOUR PAWS vets neutered, vaccinated, dewormed and treated 198 dogs and cats in the city.
“So far, over 300 dogs have been neutered, vaccinated and dewormed in Vidin, which is over 50% of the whole stray population in the city,” explains Dr. Margarita Chankova, leader of the team. “Although the results are really good, the neutering should continue because there are a high number of animals coming from neighbouring cities and villages. We hope that the Municipality of Vidin will start working on the root of the problem, namely the uncontrolled breeding and abandonment of animals.”
FOUR PAWS, Bulgaria’s largest animal welfare organisation, decided to intervene following the last count of stray animals in Vidin back in October 2014, which revealed a serious increase in the number of stray dogs – from 296 to 495 in the last 5 years. The main reason for this population surge is the lack of controls in place to stop owners abandoning their pet animals, combined with the lack of action by the Municipality to prevent the breeding of animals living on the streets through mass neutering.