How Can We Help the Furry Friends of Valparaíso?


As you have all seen before in a diffierent photo album, you can find many street dogs in Valparaíso. There are actually so many stray dogs that they are on every corner! Wherever I look, I can usually see about three in sight at a time.

What community need did I learn about?:

The community need that I have learned about since being here in Valparaíso is the need for sheltering and caring for the street dogs. 

Why does the community have this need?:

Valparaiso has a need to tackle its stray dog problem because with all of the dogs living on the streets, some get really injured, become sick, do not have shelter, and may not always have water.  Furthermore, the city is overall less sanitary because of the number of stray dogs. For example, although they are furry and cute. the dogs often break into trash bags that are left outside for the local trash pickup! At other times they paw through trashcans in the city to eat out of them. This causes all of the trash to be spread onto the streets. Sometimes the dogs get sick because they do not see veterinarians regularly. This can be dangerous for people if a sick dog gets in close contact with a person. 

Is this need being met? How?:

This need is not being met.