Another need for the Y pole and humane handling

A recent news article came out about a dog hoarding case in Harney County Oregon with 50 suffering dogs.  http://www.komonews.com/younews/79844302.html The struggle for me is to see the frustrations and challenges with catching these dogs in order to give them a better life.  I have assisted with several hoarding cases with HSUS as well as rescuing dogs after Hurricane Katrina and appreciate the incredible challenges for the animal control officers.  Too often the people are struggling to protect themselves and do not know the strategies or the tools, and it becomes a frantic and brutal fight.

There are calm and humane approaches to gathering dogs such as those at Harney County.  The Y pole is a great tool if calmness and compassion is an inherent part of it.   The Y pole simply used as a physical stick, however, will not be effective.   I cannot afford to volunteer with these situations, but it motivates me to create more on my website and with a training video.  If you are interested in helping me create these valuable resources for the animal shelters and control officers please contact me.

Also, I value your comments about what Global Wildlife Resources can provide to meet your needs for handling feral dogs.  Please let us know.

I  sincerely wish for a safe, calm, and successful gathering for the animal welfare workers in Harney County.

To learn about the Y pole, how to use them, and how to make them visit our Free Training Library and Y Pole Page.

Mark

Wildlife Veterinarian

Global Wildlife Resources, Inc.

Feral dog attacks and rabies are as bad as ever worldwide.

It is surprising how few people are aware of the suffering caused by feral dogs in the U.S. and throughout the world and how much feral dogs suffer through starvation, abuse, and disease.   In the U.S. the feral dog situation is actually increasing acording to National Geograpshic News at: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/08/0821_030821_straydogs_2.html .  I have taken three trips to India to teach humane capture and handling for spay neuter programs.   The World Health Organization (WHO)  estimates that India accounts for 60% o f the rabies cases with 22,000 human rabies cases each year caused primarily by feral dogs.  During my last trip to India I handled 2 rabid dogs myself.  (Yes, I am vaccinated!)

The proven solution for areas overwhelmed by feral dogs is to conduct extensive trap neuter release programs, but few organizations know how to successfully, safely, and humanely capture and handle feral dogs. Our non-profit, GWR, continues to work on videos, The Feral Dog Library, and publications to make this information available worldwide.

To raise awareness we are gathering photos, videos, and published information on dogs attacking humans and on feral dog rabies.  Please contact us if you have such educational material.   We also seek tax-deductable donations to fund these important projects including:  website development,  training videos, and publications.   Visit our website at: http://wildliferesources.org/ to learn more and email me at mjohnson@wildliferesources.org if you have an interest in helping us.  Help us make a difference around the world.

Mark R. Johnson DVM

Wildlife Veterinarian