Typical Scenes of Our Daily Work
Dog sterilization campaign launched by Faith for Animals (FFA) was actively in progress in Taipei City, New Taipei City and Keelung City. The campaign aimed to achieve a sterilization rate of 80% roaming dogs in the above-mentioned regions. Besides publicly accepted reports of roaming female stray dogs, providing free capture, sterilization and transportation, our biggest achievement in 2017 was to hold regular "door-to-door outreach" activities!
In the following, the 2017 working results from the FFA were presented after 2 years of preparation and hardworking.
In total, 1964 stray animals were sterilized, preventing at least 30,000 stray animals from being born on the streets!
In 2017, the campaign of FFA has accomplished sterilizing of 1,912 dogs and 52 cats, rescuing 35 stray animals, and dealing with 5 troubled dogs. The figures above showed that FFA has stopped nearly 30,000 stray animals, roughly from 4,000 dens, being born on the streets. The estimation was based on the hypothesis that a female animal can give births two times a year and to six to eight births each time.
(Note: In 2017, among the 1,912 dogs, there were 1,858 female dogs and 54 male dogs. In 2016, there were 953 sterilized female dogs. The sterilization growth rate was 195%.)
2017 Monthly Results
In 2017, the FFA had sterilized 1,912 roaming dogs.
The picture below showed the monthly dog catching numbers in 2017. It showed that the association has been making progress.
Follow-ups on 1,611 female dogs after their sterilization surgery
FFA cared about every animal that we handled, so we followed up on the state of the animals after surgeries. In 2017, we sterilized 1,858 female dogs and followed up on 1,611 (sampling ratio: 86.7%) of them. Out of the 1,611 female dogs, 1,565 dogs (97.1%) lived healthily in the original place for more than 14 days after surgery, and 46 (2.9%) were not seen within 14 days after surgery.
Out of the 46 dogs that were not seen again, 18 (1.2%) were randomly caught on the street, or experienced events that were not related to surgery after the surgery, such as car accidents, removal by residents, etc. and therefore were hard to track.
Out of the remaining 28 (1.7%) dogs that disappeared within 14 days after surgery, 13 (0.8%) were seen regularly before their captures but they were missing after the surgery, and the reason of their missing were undetermined. It could be due to their changing of routes, due to their moving to new place, due to surgical complications or other reasons. In addition, although considerable attention has been paid to the isolation procedure, there were still 7 dogs (0.4%) suspected to be cross-infected with enteritis by stray dogs from other regions during the capture and sterilization process, resulting in death after the surgery. Finally, the death of 8 dogs (0.5%) could be resulted from surgical complications.
The number of days of indwelling care after sterilization for FFA was usually 1 to 3 days. The most important consideration for this decision was "diseases prevention". There were a large number of animals coming in and out of the station, and there was a risk of infectious diseases. Once the number of days of indwelling was lengthened, the number and time of animals exposed to the individual would increase, and the risk of infection would increase. Once the disease occurred, it often affected dozens of innocent animals, and therefore we tried to reduce the number of indwelling days.
Note: Postoperative deaths due to surgical complications normally occur within 14 days after surgery.