SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 6, 2018 – For the first time as the local government, the Seoul Metropolitan Government is to run a neutering or spaying program for abandoned pets in cooperation with the Seoul Veterinary Medical Association and the Korea Animal Rights Advocates as a pre-emptive measure to curb the number of stray pets and to protect the citizens from any dangerous situation.
Many pet shelters are often overcrowded with stray animals and because of limited space; they usually euthanize the animals if they fail to find new owners within ten to fifteen days after the pets arrive at the shelters. Even if someone comes across an abandoned dog or cat on the street and gets to take care of it feeling pity for it, they are highly likely to give it up because they find it hard to accommodate the animal that is not neutered or spayed.
As the first case implemented under this program, the city government and its cooperative organizations neutered dogs of an “animal hoarder” living in a neighborhood in Mapo-gu. Taking compassion on abandoned dogs, he had started keeping them, however, the unneutered dogs reproduced to more than 30 dogs in the end. Once he became not able to properly house or care for them, and got a lot of complaints from his neighbors, he abandoned twelve dogs out of them in January.
Through this program, the city government will trace the whole process of it and analyze it to prepare fundamental measures to abandoned animals in the city. Also it will stage a citywide campaign in order to improve the citizens’ awareness about the importance of the neutering and the responsibility of raising animals.