Since we began keeping records in 2003 we have sterilised more than 12,000 male and female strays and pets. This has reduced the number of strays on the beaches and streets of south Goa in a significant way. Here is why.
- At 6 months a female gets pregnant and produces say 5 pups of which 3 are female.
- At 12 months these 3 pups are 6 months old, they get pregnant and each gives birth to 3 females, so there are now 9 new females. (The original female from 1 may also reproduce but ignore that for this example).
- At 18 months these 9 females are 6 months old, they get pregnant and each gives birth to 3 females, so there are now 27 new females (3 females from point 2 above may also produce again, but this is ignored for this example).
- At 24 months these 27 females are 6 months old, get pregnant and each gives birth to 3 females, so there are now 71 new females. ( 9 females from point 3 above may also produce again but this is ignored for this example).
So, one un-sterilised female has produced 71 females in 2 years. Add in the original 3+9+27=39 “mothers” and you have 110 un-sterilised females on the street. Are you getting the picture here?
Not included in this example is any male offspring mating with other females, who may well be responsible for three times as many unwanted pups in 24 months. Unbelievable but true.
Abandoned 7-month-old pet gives birth to 7 puppies on street in Chinchinim, July 26th 2012
Do the maths!
Working on the above principle, if we say that 50% of the 12,000 dogs we have sterilised since 2003 were female, how many unwanted pups have we prevented being born in south Goa? Let us know what answer you came up with. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Puppies are lovely to have around for a few weeks, but what happens when some owners grow tired of them as they grow up and stop being so ‘cute’?
They are often abandoned on the beaches, or in the markets or on the streets. This is the main cause of the thousands of stray dogs roaming Goa. Every action has a consequence.
It is a very cruel and inhumane act to abandon a pet, leaving it to face an inevitable slow, painful death from starvation and illness.
You know the problem – please be part of the solution!