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Holland Now Has No Street Dogs, Becomes the First Country to Accomplish It

Stray dog population in the country is now down to zero.

  • Dog ownership became popular in Holland since the 19th century, but a lot of these owners eventually abandoned their pets due to rabies outbreaks.
  • Holland solved the problem by implementing a massive sterilization program and introducing laws to protect animal welfare.
  • Strays have become non-existent as 90 percent of residents in Holland now has dogs.

There are around 200 million homeless animals around the world, according to an estimate by the World Health Organization. There is no easy solution to this problem and all countries in the world have to deal with handling the stray animals roaming around.

But one country has managed to defeat the problem about stray dogs. Holland is now considered the first nation in the world to whittle down its stray dog population.

Since the 19th century, dog ownership has grown greatly in Holland. It was considered a status symbol to own at least one.
This led to problems as rabies outbreaks became rampant in the country, which led to dog owners abandoning their pets.
Dutch officials became concerned about the welfare of these homeless dogs, as well as the potential health issues that these animals can spread, which can greatly affect humans.

This led to a massive crackdown on the stray dog problem. First, Holland implemented a country-wide sterilization program for animals. Eventually, 70 percent of the stray female dogs were spayed.

Each dog examined for sterilization was also given updated vaccines. This is essential in preventing the spreading of rabies, parvovirus, and other animal-related diseases.

Second, the Dutch government introduced laws to improve animal rights and health. Punishments were made for neglecting and abusing animals and those who are found guilty will pay up to $16,000 in fines and can face up to three years in prison.

Taxes were also raised on store-brought dogs – this encouraged people to adopt from shelters rather than buy pets.

Marianne Thieme, leader of the Party for the Animals, said that “Animals — and our entire society — need the animal police. There is a direct link between violence against animals and violence against humans.”

Now, around 90 percent of residents in Holland own a dog, as they have taken the strays off the streets and into loving homes.

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Church in San Francisco Lets Homeless People Sleep Inside Overnight

Blankets are provided and no one gets turned away.

  • The initiative is part of the Gubbio Project and started by Father Louis Vitale and community activist Shelly Roder.
  • The church lets people sleep on the pews and provides them with blankets as well.
  • Since the project started, no guest has been turned away or kicked out when other worshipers came into the church.

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‘The Parable of the Oranges’ Explains Why Some Employees Are Better Than Others

This is why some new employees get promoted faster.

How would you feel if you've been working hard as an employee for years and then someone new gets the much-coveted promotion? Would it sting? Would it feel unfair? We won't blame you if you feel that way.

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Gas Attendant Who Paid For Woman’s Fuel In South Africa Is Rewarded With 8 Years Salary

“I was just doing what anyone else would have done, from the heart.”

  • Monet van Deventer was driving to work in Cape Town when she stopped for fuel.
  • She had left her cards at home and was about to go through a notoriously bad area.
  • Nkosikho Mbele paid to fill up her tank rather than risk leaving her stranded.
  • Deventer returned later that day to repay Mbele but also set up a crowdfunding page which raised £26,600 ($32,972.94).

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