Happy Earth Day! Not only is it Earth Day, but it is El Capitan’s (Cappy’s) birthday today. Read the story of his birth here: Plentiful Puppies
In honor of Earth Day, I found the Top Ten Green Pet Tips for Earth Day, although most of them do not apply in Nicaragua. I found four tips that are most helpful in Nicaragua.
The most important tip in Nicaragua: 1. Neuter your pet. Pet overpopulation is a real problem—shelters are over-run and homeless pets are everywhere taxing environmental resources. Only one in four dogs finds a permanent loving home. When it comes time for your next pet, support adoption as part of a green lifestyle.
Cappy is one of the lucky ones. We adopted him a month after he was born.
He loves to swim in the lake with Ron.
He doesn’t have a clue how spoiled he is. He’s well-fed, unlike most of the dogs in Nicaragua. He was neutered at our house by our USA vet on Ometepe Island…for 300 cords! (about 12 dollars). Dr. Sara offers free neutering and spaying on the island. I only hope that more pet owners will take advantage of this service.
I miss our previous adopted dog, Conejo. Here was a post I wrote about him. Remembering Conejo.
Not all dogs are well-cared for in Nicaragua. Some Nicaraguans don’t understand the concept of a pet. Sad, isn’t it?
At any social gathering, the stray dogs seek out the tiniest morsels of food left behind.
Which is why it is important to 4. keep pets leashed and protected for their safety, the safety of others, and to protect wildlife.
Things are slowly changing for the better in Nicaragua. But, it takes time. Education is the key. We are going green with dogs in Nicaragua and trying to do our part. Happy birthday, Cappy! You couldn’t have been born on a better day to spread the word.