Ignorance and indifference have led to two facts, that affect live in Chile for people and animals: 1. up to 10 million street dogs often live and die miserably and 2. people (children in particular) are often infected with zoonoses, diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans.
Besides worms and diseases transmitted by fleas, various forms of mangeare a growing problem in the greater Concecpción area. Mange causes protracted inflammation, especially of the skin, and promotes further infections throughout the body. Very often it is not recognized at all in humans, but rather dismissed as an "allergy".
As usual, the warnings and requests from the Chilean animal welfare associations generally go unheard by the oficial deciders. FinnDomingo e.V. works together with 13 chilean associations, all of which take care of medical treatment, castration and adoption campaigns for stray dogs. FinnDomingo e.V. supports the members of this network in the areas of educational work, public relations, lobbying and practical operational work.
For the latter area this means that we are gradually filling various "pots" from which the member associations can occasionally draw funds. The pots are small, but still helpful. There is already an "arrow pot" (if feral dogs have to be anaesthetized with a blowpipe) and a "parasite pot" (worm and flea treatment). Now a "mange pot" is to be set up in order to be able to combat this widespread zoonosis in a planned and efficient way in a large-scale joint action.
In addition, we plan to offer information days at three kindergartens in the region and to organize regular veterinary treatment days for the families' dogs in order to reduce the infection pressure in this particularly endangered environment.