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FOUR PAWS is fighting to raise awareness of strays and about companion animal care in general.
© FOUR PAWS | Bogdan Baraghin

Help for stray dogs and cats in the south of the country

A team of vets from the animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS  arrived in Jordan recently to help with the country’s stray animal population. The charity has been treating, vaccinating , neutering and registering stray dogs and cats. The team initially stayed in the capital Amman for several days, where they trained  local vets in stray animal care, as part of a cooperation with the local veterinary office. 


The team then travelled to the southern regions of the country, near to the famous  tourism site Wadi Rum and the city Aqaba. Overall, 100 animals have been  neutered already, with the team due to stay for another five days. As with previous projects FOUR PAWS has undertaken in Jordan, the organisation has again teamed up with local organisation the Princess Alia Foundation to provide help to stray animals in need in the country. In Amman alone, there is estimated to be approximately 3,000 stray dogs roaming the streets.

we are doing our best to show people that with appropriate care and experienced handling, we can help these animals and local people at the same time.
© FOUR PAWS | Bogdan Baraghin

The stray dog and cat populations in Jordan have caused various issues, including a number of traffic accidents, which have unfortunately led to the authorities using  ineffective and inhumane methods in an attempt to reduce the stray animal population. This has resulted in many animals dying from systematic poisoning or shootings.


Such inhumane methods do not only lead to thousands of animals suffering, but they are also  simply not working. The Catch-Neuter-Release (CNR) method, which is used by FOUR PAWS, is the only approach to stray animal population control that is considered sustainable and humane by the World Health Organization. We want to show people that CNR is the most effective option and a humane solution to their issues with strays.

Unfortunately, strays and humans do not have the best relationship here in Jordan.
© FOUR PAWS | Bogdan Baraghin

With the Catch-Neuter-Release method, the treated animals spend 24 hours following surgery at a nearby clinic and are then released into their original territory. This way, they can not reproduce, but are still  able to live in the area, and the population is reduced sustainably. The animals also receive vaccinations against rabies and other conditions to reduce the risk of spreading disease.


FOUR PAWS has previously conducted many other projects in Jordan. Just recently, the Al Ma’wa Wildlife Reserve, which is co-funded by FOUR PAWS and the Princess Alia Foundation, opened its doors to its first rescued inhabitants (seven lions, two tigers and a bear). Moreover, both organisations set up a project for working horses and donkeys in the tourist town Petra. Stray Animal Care projects have been regularly carried out by the two partners since 2010.