The stray animals challenge in numbers


million stray animals (dogs/cats) population worldwide


countries deal with stray animals' population management


billion annual public spending on stray animals globally

Greece is among the very few European countries with a dramatically increasing number in the population of stray animals, currently exceeding 3,000,000, of which almost 1,500,000 are stray and shelter dogs. More than 92 countries are also struggling with the management of stray animals’ population currently reaching 400 million worldwide. In the EU and the US millions of unwanted healthy pets are entering animal shelters every year while the demand for new puppies and kittens is rising. The overpopulation of domestic animals has become an international environmental challenge. The treatment of sentient beings as commodities, the cultural biases against non-purebred animals, the lack of co-operation between animal welfare associations and local municipalities, the alarming increase of animal abuse incidents, the lack of training within animal welfare associations, the absence of digital tools in public sector and of reporting technology measuring the population of stray animals and pets are the main challenges targeted.

It is easier to determine solutions if we understand the underlying reasons on why we have so many strays on our streets:

  • Pet owners abandon their pets;
  • Animal welfare groups do not co-operate with their local municipalities;
  • Public funds for stray animals are not spent according to a concrete population management strategy;
  • Within the public sector, the use of software tools is limited in comparison to the private sector;
  • People’s biases and beliefs on stray animals;
  • Breeders’ production is not linked to the current stray animals’ population;
  • Municipalities do not engage donors;
  • Cities are reluctant to facilitate the adoption of stray animals abroad.

 “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” Mahatma Gandhi

What your city should do in order to address the challenge

Understand the problem

Stray animals' management is a mutli-factor challenge; collect data, run surveys, discuss with other stakeholders.

Measure Performance

Track and measure the performance of all related stakeholders and management policies in place.

Know your partners

You have more partners as city as you may think. Animal lovers, welfarists, volunteers and sponsors help animals every day. Team up!

Engage the community

Adoptions, foster homes and volunteers are always needed for stray animals. Communicate to your community the ways your city can be supported to help stray animals.

Set up a plan

Annual planning on animal welfare is essential. Budgeting, neutering programs, foster and adoption policies, community fundraising need a concrete annual plan in order to make sense.


Each city is unique; benefit from the data and the passion of your community and try new policies and ideas in order to make your city a better place for animals.

Hammoho software helps your city to:


Connect on a platform all stakeholders involved in animal welfare within your city


Measure performance and provide a cost benefit analysis on the annual budget


Engage citizens, sponsors, other cities; exchange resources and expertise


Plan your strategy based on concrete data and key performance indicators