I applaud everyone who wants to help make a difference here.
I would just like to add my opinion on the best way to help. If you imagine the stray problem as being like a leaky pipe, it makes sense to build a shelter to act as a bucket to help contain some of the flow.
However, once that bucket is full, which it would be very quickly, there will start to be an overflow, and we find ourselves in exactly the same position, but with all our resources tied up in maintaining the bucket of water. It can also be very depressing for an animal lover to have to one day make a mortal decision on the animals within his or her care as the bucket begins to fill up.
It was stongly suggested to me at the Asia for Animals conference this summer that my resources be instead used to find a way to stem the flow, rather than catching some of it. And I now have to agree.
It makes far more sense to use the land as a holding centre for strays as part of a CNR project, whereby the animals are caught, treated, vaccinated, neutered, and returned to where they were found. Not all will survive, but they will not get some of the more sinister diseases nor spread them, and they won’t produce any more offspring that would otherwise later be contributing to the flood of strays. The number of animals you can help in this way is unlimited, especially when you consider how it would help prevent disease and births, whereas a shelter’s benefit to the stray problem is limited.
Just a thought, but if you were to build a shelter, you would have my full support all the way. Doing something is what’s most needed, and I sincerely commend you for that. :bravo:
See you at the quiz?