Stray dogs Keletso moNageng

Stray animals, are unconfined dogs that live in cities. They live virtually wherever cities exist and the local human population allows, especially in the developing world and the former second world. Street animals, pets which have strayed from or are allowed freedom by their owners, or may be feral animals that have never been owned Stray animals may be stray purebreds, true mixed-breed dogs, or unbred landraces such as the Indian pariah dog. Street dog overpopulation can cause problems for the societies in which they live, so campaigns to spay and neuter them are sometimes implemented. They tend to differ from rural free-ranging dogs in their skill sets, socialization, and ecological effects.

Dogs are known to be a highly adaptive and intelligent species. To survive in modern cities, street dogs must be able to navigate traffic. Street dog riding the subway Some of the stray dogs. Are seen crossing the large streets at pedestrian crosswalks. The dogs have probably noticed that when humans cross streets at such markings, cars tend to stop.



Outbreaks of rabies are often traced to unvaccinated street dogs, one of the most common carriers of the painful and deadly disease.


To survive, street dogs need to avoid conflict with humans. However, dog bites can occur when dogs are trying to mate or fighting among themselves, and pedestrians and other humans in the vicinity may be bitten by fighting dogs. In addition, females with pups are often protective and may bite people who approach their litter.

Quality of life

Barking and howling and dog fights over mating among dogs can be very disturbing to people, and the smell of dog urine which is an unsavory product of territory marking can bec me quite pungent, especially among unspayed or neutered dogs, not to mention the presence of feces.

A dog that is out on its own can cause a collision when it runs in the road, which might even result in injury to other people and also to itself.
Stray dogs are fond of opening garbage bin bags and so they can cause garbage and refuse to be scattered all over the property or street.

Strays often live under buildings, decks, sheds, and spread fleas there. Or worse, they a stray dog might discover something to consume, which might cause illness to it, and it'll die under a structure, and cause a horrible rotting stench.


Solution #1: Identification, safe confinement.

The critical yet simple key to this aspect of the homeless animal problem is some form of identification so that a lost animal can get back home. I.D. tags are the most basic form of identification. All dogs and cats - even those who are indoor-only - should always wear some form of identification. In addition animals shouldn't be allowed to roam.always knowing where they are and looking for them the minute it is realized they are missing, are simple yet crucial practices that would dramatically reduce the numbers of lost and stray animals entering animal shelters each year.

Solution #2: Spaying and neutering.

Spay and neuter, routine surgical procedures which prevent animals from reproducing, are the answers to this facet of the homeless animal problem. Not only do spaying and neutering prevent overpopulation, they are also of benefit to the animals: studies show spayed and neutered animals live longer, healthier lives with fewer medical and behavioral problems.

Solution #3: Education, information, support

Dogs and cats can live 15 years or more, during which they will be completely, utterly dependant upon their guardians. Potential guardians should consider the commitment carefully, and, if ready for the commitment, take the time to make a careful and informed choice of animal, to make a good match that will be compatible with their lifestyle. Thinking ahead to life's changes, and how an animal will be accommodated during those changes, is essential. And when problems do arise, working through those problems, persevering and not giving up, drawing on support such as behavior hotlines, training, and other resources, are the acts of commitment that keep an animal out of the shelter.


If you want to report a stray animal contact the SPCA on: or

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