How we Do It
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A contraceptive implant, known as Deslorelin, is imported from Australia where it had been previously tried only on male dogs.
On a cold and blustery winter day in the fall of 2009 Judith and Lori had a discussion relating to the problem of too many unwanted dogs on the reserves and the associated difficulties (such as mauling of people and livestock). The dogs’ own suffering (no shelter, no food or water, cannibalism, parasitism, freezing to death) gave further reason for serious concern and the two pondered solutions.
Just pondering is of little value, a solution must be found! Lori, from the Calgary Zoo, then revealed that several zoos use contraceptive implants in several species of animals to prevent reproduction. Judith, after reviewing the scientific literature, decided to go ahead and try it on the reserve dogs: she had seen enough puppies frozen to death in snow banks. The “Dogs With No Names” pilot project was initiated.
In its first year the pilot project comprised “catching” 15 female “dogs with no names” (feral or semi-feral) and implanting them with the Deslorelin capsule. It was hoped that this would serve to suppress their reproduction ability for between 16 to 18 months. As a result of the implant project over a 40 month period and 114 implants later, in excess of 100,000 dogs would not be born!
The implant procedure takes less than one minute and involves inserting, subcutaneously (under the skin), a small capsule between the shoulder blades of the dog. It costs about one third of the price of a spay surgery. Additionally, no pain, no incision to heal, and most importantly of all, no ill side effects. It is estimated that semi-feral dogs and feral dogs on the reserve most likely do not exceed a lifespan of more than 2-3 years. To obtain more information and scientifically tabulate our data, every implanted dog also receives a microchip as permanent identification in order to monitor the survival and reproductive activity over a three year period. Furthermore, every implanted dog receives a free bag of dog food, a complimentary dewormer and a rabies vaccine (rabies being a deadly but preventable disease – which even in this day kills nearly 50,000 people a year mostly in Africa and Asia).
Contraceptive implants in reserve dogs in 10 photographic steps.
Contraceptive implants to suppress reproduction in feral and semi-feral female dogs are a first in the WORLD. If it works here on our First Nations Reserves dogs, it will work everywhere in the world.
For information regarding contraception in cats and dogs please refer to the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs (ACCD). “Ordering” and “Emergency Drug Release”.
Dogs With No Names (DWNN) has a rich history of project information along with newer projects for Horses With No Names (HWNN), Cats With No Names (CWNN), and future projects for Deers With No Names.