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 find 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, local
governments are responsible for capture, custody, return,
adoption and destruction.
According to the 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: Possible adoptive families will
be found, when the original owners give up their ownership,
or when the time period that the local governments keep
dogs/cats has expired.
Destruction: Dogs/cats will be destroyed
when the government cannot find their owners or new adoptive
105 Local Governments Manage Animal
As of 2007, there are 105 governmental bodies
managing animal administration. These are varied levels
and types of governments and include prefectural, regional,
city, town, and ward governments.