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9 Places Across The Globe That Are A Safe Haven For Stray Dogs

16 Jun 2016 | by Ruchika Anand | Posted in: Wag News

No dog should be homeless, and if you are a dog lover, you will agree! There are many others across the globe who resonate with your feelings. Here are 9 places in the world where dogs are treated with love and compassion. 

Stray Dog

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Have you ever seen a stray dog suffer on the roads? If you are an animal lover, the mere thought of seeing a stray dog shabby, lost and malnourished can break your heart.  If you said a prayer “Dear Lord, save these dogs”, maybe God answered your prayer. Take a look at the 9 places across the globe that are a safe haven for stray dogs.

Canada

If dogs can choose where they want to live, they all might choose Canada. Of late, this country has gained an excellent reputation for being a paradise for stray dogs. They have adopted dogs from countries like India, China, Greece, Russia, and Mexico. It is said that the authorities do not keep a tab on how many stray dogs are being brought into the country. With the help of countless dog adoption groups, it is believed that thousands or ten thousands of stray dogs are imported every year. Guess what? Non-profit animal rescue groups in Canada are willing to bring in dogs from any country in the world.

Canada

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Austria 

Want to see dogs treated like kings? Visit Austria! This country has one of the strongest anti-cruelty laws in Europe. Did you know that it is an offence if a dog’s ears or tails are cropped? They also restrain chaining dogs with chains or choke collars and the use of “invisible” electric fences.

Austria

 

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Switzerland

Switzerland loves dogs! The Swiss Protection of Animals of 2008 is one of the strictest animal protection laws in the world. This act prohibits cropping of a dog’s tail or ears and doesn’t allow puppies to be separated from their mothers before they are 56 days old. Don’t be surprised if you see a public restroom for dogs in parks and street in Swizz.

Switzerland

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Germany

Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to give constitutional protection to animals? Well, in Germany it is! In 2002, Germany added a word “animals” to its constitution while rephrasing their existing environmental rights. The sentence now reads, “The state takes responsibility for protecting the natural foundations of life and animals in the interest of future generations.” The country thus became the first country in the European Union to give animals, constitutional protection. There are almost no stray dogs in Germany due to its strong animal welfare laws.

Germany

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The Netherlands

When you walk the streets of The Netherlands, you’ll be surprised to not see any stray dogs. This place is free of stray dogs there are many animal shelters working efficiently to give beautiful homes to the precious four legged babies. Dutch culture plays a crucial role in the reduction of stray animals in The Netherlands. It has a political party in its parliament, whose core purpose is to improve animal welfare.

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Finland

In Finland, stray dog adoption is encouraged and considered as a noble act. If one doesn’t find a suitable dog, international dog adoption is advised. In Finland, people wish to adopt a homeless dog, rather than buying a pure breed. Finnish shelters cannot meet this demand.

Finland

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Norway

Norway is known for stray cats and no stray dogs. According to Norway’s Animal Welfare Act, it is prohibited to use electric collars, to keep a dog continuously tied in a line shorter than 10 meters or to castrate dogs. It is also forbidden to surgically remove a dog’s vocal cords or its tail and ears.

Norway

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Sweden

Animal Rights Authorities in Sweden strongly believe that they have a responsibility to take care of stray animals, which includes dogs. The country is against putting animals to rest.  Thanks to their efficient legislation, there are no stray dogs in Sweden.

Sweden

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Costa Rica

Unlike other countries where the government works for animal rights, Costa Rica is known for its privately funded, volunteer-run, no-kill animal shelter called “The Land of the Strays”. What makes this place so special is that their campaign carries the message “When you adopt a mutt, you adopt a unique breed”. This non-profit organization has reduced the number of stray dogs in Costa Rica.

Cost Rica

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So, the next time if you see a stray dog straying into your eyes, don’t wait for others to act. Go ahead and add another place to the list!

 

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