ALIVE Research: Dogs and Cats Destroyed in Japan.
Since 1999, ALIVE has conducted “Nationwide
Animal Control Questionnaire Survey” annually. The
purpose of the questionnaire is to know about the actual
conditions of the dogs/cats that are destroyed at the local
government facilities. The result of the survey is issued
as an annual report and the report is used when sending
ALIVE’s opinions concerning animal administration
to the government.
The Number of Dogs and Cats Destroyed
The Local Government’s Argument
in Destroying Dogs and Cats.
According to the Rabies Prevention Acts and
other local government provisions, concerning dogs, the
local governments are responsible for capture, custody,
return, adoption and destruction.
According to Act on Welfare and Management
of Animals, local governments are responsible for capture
and destruction (sometimes adoption) of cats and dog, including
strays and cats/dogs that are injured and left on the streets
due to car accidents.
Destiny of Dogs/Cats at Public Shelter.
There are three destinations for dogs/cats
at public shelters. Dogs and cats that are captured and
kept at the local government shelters will be returned to
the owners, rehomed or destroyed.
Return Dogs /Cats to Owners:
Lost or stray dogs/cats will be returned to their owners,
if the owners desire to take them back.
Adoption: Find adoptive families, when
the original owners give up their ownerships, or when the
time that the local government keeps dogs/cats is expired.
Destruction: Dogs/cats will be destroyed,
when the government cannot find their owners or new adoptive
105 Local Governments Manage Animal
By 2007, there are 105 local governments that
manage animal administration. Such governments are prefectures,
cabinet ordinance designate cities, regional core cities,
cities that have public health centers. (regional core cities
and cabinet ordinance designate cities are increasing every