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Netherlands – no stray dogs

While the WHO (World Health organization) estimates that around the world there are millions of stray dogs, the Netherlands has none!

The Netherlands is the first country in the world without any stray dogs!

Dutch people love their pets enough to take them in the bike baskets when out riding their bikes.  Some cafes and restaurants are dog-friendly so you see them there too. Small pets can ride on public transport for a reduced price.

Owning dogs used to be a sign of status in many countries including the Netherlands. Look at old painting from Dutch masters – you will more than likely see a dog in it.

An outbreak of rabies during the 19th century caused widespread fear of contamination which led to many pets being abandoned. The abandoned dogs started producing and so the stray population grew.

1864, the first animal protection agency was set up in The Hague.

1964 the Animal Protection Act came into effect.

It is forbidden for an owner to abuse any animal – punishable with a prison sentence of up to three years and a large fine!

The Netherlands eradicate its stray dog problem through the CNVR program (Collect, Neuter, Vaccinate, and Return), which is a nation-wide, government-funded sterilization program.

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