The Problem of Homeless Cats and Dogs Deserves Our Attention
At present, as homeless cats and dogs are becoming a serious urban problem, we’ve had an interview with Dr. Sarah Platto, an Italian veterinarian behaviorist, in order to gain more insights from a professional perspective.
Why do we see so many homeless cats and dogs in cities? Over-breeding is the main reason. A female cat, for example, can give birth to anywhere from six to fifteen kittens a year, and a new kitten can mature and begin to reproduce within a year. In order to control them, the internationally recognized approach is to trap, neuter, and release them (TNR), which can control the number of stray cats and dogs, and create a relatively stable environment for them—to avoid fleeing and fighting.
Another reason is that humans abandon pets. For this reason, Dr.Platto said that there should be comprehensive Dr. Sarah
Platto is an Italian veterinarian expert on an ima l behavior and welfare, serving as an assistant professor of animal behavior and welfare at Jianghan University. She came to China in 2007 and has been engaged in animal research ever since.
She loves being with animals and has developed an acute sense of what is going on in the minds of animals through their expressions and gestures. She believes that animals have a certain unique language and that humans share DNA with all other animals, so they are closely related to us. For the last two years on World Rabies Day, she has organized campaigns in Wuhan in response to the call of “Global Alliance for Rabies Control.” The campaign this year provided 150 rabies vaccines for free with the help of a pharmaceutical company called Boehringer Ingelheim Shanghai.