It is so hard to see… as I have my dogs sitting right next to me sharing my dinner. With you being based there, is there anything you can see that could be done to help them?
It’s tragic and on such a large scale. To answer your question, it’s in my opinion that the best way to prevent this is through sterilisation. Dogs roam freely here in Mozambique and it is a common thing to see a dog on heat with a dozen males all tailing after her. Female dogs are generally pregnant or feeding pups for most of their short lives. There is a small NGO organisation called PATA and their mission is to sterilise and vaccinate dogs against rabies in areas where veterinary services are not available. They are well worth checking out and are doing amazing things. They need all the support they can get as they have a monumental challenge ahead of them. Their website is http://www.patamozambique.org.
A friend of mine lived in Moz for about 8 years and commented to me that hell was being born an animal in Mozambique. He saw a dog with 2 functional legs, a bushbuck with a broken front leg to keep it fresh for the pot and more.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged on the way it treats its animals” Mahatma Ghandi. Hopefully as Mozambique’s wealth increases so will its education and its treatment of animals.
So tragic. Heart-rending. Very powerful photo of the orange dog. Wonderful visual essay.
Thanks Shez – I pass that dog on the road often, although I havnt seen him for a few days. I am hoping he has died and no longer suffering.
I’m not sure I could live there. Your photos bring tears to my eyes.
I think a good way to sum up a lot of Mozambique is that it’s ‘harsh.’ For people and animals, death is on every corner – sorry to be dramatic, but it really is! It’s easy to get overwhelmed by it and frustrated because you obviously want to help everything and everyone, which is impossible. You have to help where and how you can. And to remember that the smallest act of kindness can change a life and often save it. And that counts big!!
Shame its terrible. I applaud you for your courage and great work. To be honest, I sometimes cant bear to watch scenes such as these, also the suffering of children. Again, it is absolutely necessary for the world to see this.
Heartbreaking, but well done!!!!!!
Thanks Amberafrica! It is heartbreaking and we see so much of it here. The dog that looks particularly bad carries a sexually transmitted disease which is very common in these parts. I dont think he has long to live.
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