how we help
Our focus is to advocate for the use of proven, humane management practices that improve the well-being of the LGD. We're not the only ones who advocate for this. Both Texas A&M Livestock Guardian Dog Program and the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) advocate for providing medical care, microchipping, vaccinations, parasite control, spay/neuter, high-quality diets, and proven socialization and bonding techniques.
We're happy and excited to announce our first three spay/neuter recipients of our sterilization initiative!!
Thanks to your support, we were able to fund spay/neuter and vaccinations for Bugsy, Xena, and Everest, working LGDs from the Navajo Nation
Livestock has always been an important part of the Navajo culture and for some, it is their only means of survival. Many families live in remote locations with little or no resources in a geographical area that spans 27,000 square miles. We're hoping to reach more working LGD owners on the reservations where the need is great.
We also plan on developing brochures, in English and the native language, on how to perform basic socialization, training and medical checks. We'll be distributing these brochures, along with food and medical supplies and solar lights (to help LGDs deter predators) to LGD owners on the Navajo Nation in the coming months.
A key component of educating LGD owners on spaying and neutering is highlighting the economic benefits. Intact males are more likely to roam and fight, leaving livestock unprotected. Roaming and fighting LGDs are at a greater risk for injury and death.
Females in heat can attract predators which is counterproductive to their use. Also, many females will leave livestock to give birth and "hide" puppies from other LGDs and predators during whelping. Not only does this leave livestock unprotected, but this method also leaves valuable LGD puppies at risk of death due to predation or disease.
The economic losses due to unprotected livestock are far greater than the cost spaying and neutering working LGDs used on open range.
Our education initiative includes commissioning billboards in rural areas that inform producers on the economic advantages of spay and neuter!
Breed Specific Informational Brochures for Shelters
Topics: breed awareness and basic care information for adopters
In English and Spanish