We provided the images for the fall Citizen Pet articles on, “Unwanted Dogs Find Hero in Local Vet,” and “Pearls for Paws,” by Cindy Bablitz. What follows are the highlights but we strongly recommend reading the full articles online or in a copy of Citizen Pet.
For those of you who don’t know, there is a huge problem with unwanted dogs worldwide. Most dogs with no names and no homes, in Southern Alberta, don’t live more than 3 years . . . three years. Dr. Judith Samson-French, a veterinarian in Bragg Creek, Alberta, witnessed the suffering of these dogs first hand and was compelled to do something about it. Below she is with her rescue and former rez dog, Eddie, a very gentle and affectionate boy.
Dr. Judith decided to run the world’s first feral dog contraceptive implant scientific study. Here she is holding the needles that form the basis of her work. Female dogs receive a contraceptive implant, rabies shot, a micro-chip for tracking and food provided by Hills Science Diet.
The whole process is over in seconds.
How effective is this? So far the study is proving that this procedure is very effective with the prevention of about 100,000 unwanted births.
In order to fund the project Dr. Judith and her husband Kim came up with an ingenious idea: Lotus Lines.
“Lotus Lines was initially created to market freshwater pearls jewellery from Yantze River Basin to help raise money. A portion of these monies would assist both injured wildlife and abandoned ill-treated pets to recover health and pursue life in a normal environment, free of abuse and where they could thrive. This was done in a spirit of compassion and reverence for life.”
The benefit of Lotus Lines is two fold. First, in order for freshwater pearls to grow they require clean water. Therefore, the people in China who provide the pearls benefit not just from the commerce but more importantly, from clean water. Second, the proceeds help prevent the needless suffering of thousands of unwanted dogs.
Please visit lotuslines.ca to help support this initiative. To find out more about the dogs with no names and no homes go to www.dogswithnonames.ca. To find out how to help the dogs with no names go to www.lotuslines.ca/paw.htm.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead