To effectively deal with dog overpopulation, an Animal Management Program must be established and implemented to gain control of the issue as well as educate, empower, and challenge the community to incorporate Bylaws and regulations in pet ownership. The VHS will work with three First Nations to provide the following services over a minimum period of three years to eradicate the issue of dog overpopulation:
• Wellness exams that will include basic inoculations and deworming as well as other medical services that may be required
• Sterilization and micro chip implants for sterilized animals
• Workshops regarding animal welfare including the advantages of spaying and neutering new animals in the future
• Round up and removal of unwanted or unowned dogs that will be transported to Victoria where they will be fostered and put up for adoption
This socially innovative project will influence systemic change by:
1. Addressing the issue of unwanted companion animals by preventing the birth of unwanted litters.
2. Serving as a model for communities of all sizes and geographic areas.
3. Adopting a community directed approach to the issue rather than a hard policy approach that would likely be ineffective.
4. Using outreach and education components to change ongoing behaviour towards companion animals while addressing systemic issues regarding animal overpopulation.
5. Using a collaborative approach bringing together animal rescue agencies, First Nations and veterinarians.