An astounding 25,000 stray dogs now roam the US unincorporated territory of Guam — and island residents say they've had enough.
"My son's friend was walking to the bus stop, and they almost attacked him," Guam resident Elizabeth Hebner told USA Today. "This is my biggest fear."
The problem has gotten so out of hand that there is now one stray dog — sometimes an aggressive, hungry animal — for every seven people on the island. Clearly, something must be done.
Right now, the island traps the strays before sending them to Guam's animal shelter. If no one comes to take the animal within three days, it can be killed to make room for other animals.Guam's stray dogs are a real problem, but we know that the island can do better.
That's why we are joining local calls for a compassionate solution to Guam's stray dog problem. Can you lend your voice too?
The island's Stray Dog Committee has drafted local legislation that would require pet owners to microchip and spay and neuter their pets. It would also require residents to be responsible for the care of any strays that they may feed. The plan is expected to reduce Guam's strays by 75 percent in just the next 18 months.
As of 2012, Guam tourism economy contributed at least $1.4 billion and 29 percent of local jobs. Your signature today will show legislators in Guam that animal-loving would-be tourists want the government to take the most humane approach possible to reducing stray dog numbers on the island.Guam doesn't have to massacre its stray dogs — a more humane solution exists. Please add your name now and become a voice for compassion.