The Security Lights of Samoa


In Melbourne, I remember that there would always be a family or two that kept pet dogs as an extra Security measure along with the sensitive lights, the padlocked screen wire doors, the alarm system, the car alarm system, the strobe lights and a sensitive alarm trigger at various points of the house property – NOT that I was some sort of cat-burglar, but the ugly contraptions were easy to spot out and visiting my palagi friends houses there would be those security-camera-like sensors all over the house.

In Samoa, the only security we need comes in the form of mans best friend – the dog.

Every house on my street in Vaitele, has at least 2 dogs – bigger houses have at most 5 or 6 dogs and not the cute fluffy type of dogs – but the vicious bite-your-head-off-because-I’m-hungry type of dogs.

I’ve been lucky not to have been bitten yet by a dog – safe to say that even if you go for a walk around Vaitele – YOU NEED to walk with a stick to fend off any stray dogs that may come out of nowhere – early morning exercises is the typical time of dog attacks and the fact that the stray dogs tend to have lice and sometimes rabies – it is most probably the scariest thing besides the Samoan Police.

This week, APS (Animal Protection Society) and Animal Balance are gearing up to begin its biggest ever desexing campaign, with the 3 week long project due to begin this Wednesday 24th February.   The APS will be joined by 18 Volunteers from international welfare organization Animal Balance, with some volunteers traveling to Samoa from as far away as the Caribbean.

During this first campaign, it is estimated that over 500 dogs and cats will be desexed in an attempt to control these animal populations in an effective and humane way, with previous culling campaigns proving unsuccessful at long-term control.  All the animals that are desexed will also be treated for intestinal worms and external parasites like fleas, which will help to prevent infections in humans with dog worms.  And for the first time ever, the volunteer team will be capturing and desexing stray, roaming dogs around Apia, as well as owned dogs that are brought to the clinics.

And also, just on a more personal note, Samoa has this problem of stray dogs and I sincerely hope that this program causes (at least awareness) but the need to address this issue – the stray dogs that roam around Apia become a problem for all Samoans – and effectively the worst at risk is our children.

I’ll be back to update on the progress and hopefully some positive and great results.

0 thoughts on “The Security Lights of Samoa

  1. OHHH WOOOWWWWWWW they are actualy doing something about it!!!!!!! That is so good to hear, I was there a couple of years ago and I was so disgusted in the stray dogs and even pet dogs you can literally see the fleas on top of each other flicking and crawling round on the dogs body!!!!!!!! UUURRGGHHHHHHHH I told my mum that the government should do soemthing about it, no that she payed attention to my opinion LMAO. But please let us know how it goes!!!!!!

  2. ah man..i no doubt feel u on that.

    here in tutuila, there are HEAPS of em. EVERYWHERE. and its crazy. i could be at LIONS PARK bbq’n it up with family, and next i know, one of the cousins is being chased by one of the strays there. like wat the hell. sometimes i see dogs out in utulei and dont even wanna get outta my car cause they look like they got rabies or something.

    alot of my neighbors have dogs, and dont take care of them. next thing i know they got puppies i tell them “e ke iloa le uiga ole spay poo le neuter?” they’re like “no.” then DONT GET DOGS, idiots! if you dont know how to take care of them, get them shots, feed them, keep it to one dog a house, and not per shouldnt even have any kind of pet. cause i tell you..we’re starting to have a problem with cats too. these ppl get on my nerves.

    oh mos def..maybe tutuila will soon what u guys are doing and will realize, “hey! we should do something too!” *sighs* ugh! hopefully..well, i can dream cant i?? LOL

  3. thanks for that – makes sense … having just returned from Samoa end of July, we noticed a considerable decrease in the number of strays in and around Apia. However in Vaigaga where we stayed (my mum’s village) we were serenaded nightly by the howls and swoons of the neighborhood dogs coming from all directions.

    the most amusing (or not so amusing) episode was at a farewell dinner for all of us – guests and aiga standing on the back patio with my dad saying the loto and a fight broke out amongst some neighborhood dogs that had crept in under the fence smelling the aroma of the bbq – lol!!

    while in Manase for a few days at Jane’s Beach Fales, we noticed an absence of dogs in Manase and the next village over (Lano I think) also – the dogs we did see, seemed tame and well fed …. but I’m glad they’re working on tackling the dog problem in Samoa – it’s a problem and sad to see malnourished and sick animals ….

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