The Galapagos Islands comprise one of the most unique and diverse ecosystems in the world. The islands are home to thousands of species of plants and animals found no other place on Earth.
Today, nearly 40,000 people live in the Galapagos Islands to support the ever-growing tourist trade. And these people have brought – and often abandoned – their dogs and cats. Thousands of strays now roam the Galapagos Islands.
Trying to survive, these dogs and cats wreak havoc on island ecosystems. They terrorize and prey on young tortoises, land iguanas, Darwin finches and other native species which have evolved without any natural predators and thus possess no defenses against hungry strays. Scientists and conservationists agree that stray dogs and cats are a great threat to the terrestrial ecosystems of the Galapagos Islands.
In addition to killing endangered and threatened wildlife, dogs and cats suffer greatly. These strays are often undernourished and lack access to fresh water. They suffer from exposure to the elements and accidents with cars. Many die painful deaths when they ingest rat poison.
Most will never see a veterinarian in their lifetime. Most are not spayed or neutered – puppies and kittens continue to be born without homes.
GPS works to find homes for these stray dogs and cats, and to conduct spay and neuter campaigns. We are constructing free fences for families with free roaming or chained dog. We also partner with local schools to educate students on the tragedy in their communities and what they can do about it. Please help us save the lives of these unfortunate animals and, in doing so, protect the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.
Call the Galapagos Preservation Society at 360-370-5772
or visit them online at gpsociety.org