I recently came back from a trip to Tehran/Iran, where I am originally from.
While over there, I noticed many starving, abused, and injured stray dogs. I
also found out that government related offices order & encourage shootings and
killing by lethal injections of the stray dogs with the worse possible
Here is a link to a video showing such killings
The only hope for these poor dogs are privately organized groups who operate
using their own private funds and volunteers. I met one of these groups who
tries helping & finding shelters for stray injured dogs and feeding/ neutering/
treating them as much as they can.
Unfortunately such group of people are very scarce due to economical hardship of
the general public and lack of government support. These groups are even afraid
of advertising and asking for help publicly, due to fear of government
prosecution. According to Islamic rules, dogs are considered dirty and its
forbidden to keep dogs as pets.
One such shelter is maxed out having 700 dogs ... another one has 261 dogs
including 50 puppies with not enough food or personnel ... one of my friends
actively helping these shelters, is taking care of 15 puppies in her tiny
Iranians will be fined for walking their dogs in the streets and therefore
demand for adopting dogs has decreased drastically, worsening the situation.
Is there any way that you or any other international animal rights group can
help with this situation in Iran???
Now that sanctions are over and Iran is starting relationships with west, is it
possible for any animal right advocacy group to start and open a branch in Iran?
Is it possible to ask the international community of dog lovers to help fund and
build large shelters in Iran and supplying them with neutering injections and
other medicinal supplies which do not even exist in Iran??? I will be able to
help any way is needed to start the connection.
I hope that you read my email and be able to help those poor dogs who are
subjected to such cruelty for no reason....