This year, Mom did not bring me or Trudis with her to assist in our dog feeding project buhuhu so I am going to let her tell you about it.
Secretary's note: From last year's experience, I realized it would be best to navigate the community we've chosen, on foot. The narrow streets jammed with people, animals, and trikes make it foolhardy to bring a car for our particular activity. We fed some 60 dogs, some of these were stray dogs, some had owners, but there really was no big difference. Most people have very little concept of animal responsibility, probably because they are too busy coping with their own poverty. Please excuse the few snapshots I took from my cellphone camera.
Nom, Nom, Nom
A single household has an average of 3-5 dogs. People did not have much interest in spaying or neutering. These puppies will be given away, or end up like their parents who live in the street, and in a year, sire or produce their own litter.
I wanted to sound upbeat because of our intentions, but images from the community have been gnawing at me mercilessly. What we've accomplished is nothing compared to what still needs to be done. There are many essential things that the dogs need- veterinary care, a safe place to run and play, for their owners to be educated of their responsibilities, particularly in intervening with animal overpopulation.
But for now, we will have to take comfort in the thought that even for one day, these dogs enjoyed not scraps, but nutritious meal especially and lovingly prepared for them.