14 Aug 2019

Samoa Animal Protection Society seeking funding to manage stray dogs

7:03 pm on 14 August 2019

The Samoa Animal Protection Society is struggling for funding to manage the stray dog population in the country.

The not-for-profit also provides veterinary and health services to cats, dogs and other animals.

The clinic is busier than ever according to one of the society's veterinarians, Harriet Thornton, thanks to a recent grant from the US government - for community education and awareness - which has helped raise their profile in Samoa.

Dr Harriet Thornton of the Animal Protection Society of Samoa

Dr Harriet Thornton of the Animal Protection Society of Samoa Photo: RNZ Pacific

However, Dr Thornton said getting funding for a de-sexing programme is still difficult.

"There is a true stray dog population and the police dog management unit work to try and pick up the stray dogs but really that's such a small proportion that they are able to pick up that a desexing programmes are the only way to stabilise the population here," Harriet Thornton said.

The other problem with the roaming dog population, said Dr Thornton, was that a lot of them were actually owned but it wasn't clear as they were not registered and their owners do not put collars on them.

Animal Protection Society Samoa

Animal Protection Society Samoa Photo: RNZ Pacific