Vision and Mission

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CARO’s vision is to prevent abuse, abandonment and overpopulation in Europe, to ensure that every dog is identified and registered and has a responsible, well-informed owner.

Stray dog overpopulation is a growing phenomenon, very often associated with abuse and abandonment. Suffering is equally widespread in dogfights and illegal puppy trade. However, there is a growing concern amongst European citizens calling for more animal welfare. Today the EU has the power to take the lead and put an end to the suffering of stray cats and dogs and the killing of healthy animals as a control measure, by implementing humane population management.

Largely focused on population management, CARO's multidisciplinary approach sets responsible ownership at the centre of animal welfare, suggesting an EU-wide strategy based on individual and community commitment, scientific expertise and political will for sustainable solutions. Public awareness, education and training, identification and registration (I&R), preventive veterinary care, systematic birth control, political lobbying and better legislation are all core elements thereof.


CAROdog promotes dog responsible ownership both at the institutional level and among citizens, through this website, working groups and public events. CAROdog aims to collate, generate and disseminate reliable knowledge about dogs in Europe, focusing on canine overpopulation and on all resulting animal welfare problems.

CAROdog supports the establishment of mandatory Identification and Registration (I&R) of companion animals and opposes the killing of healthy dogs for overpopulation control.
An effective strategy should be based on:

  • public information and education, including trainings of professionals
  • EU-wide animal identification & registration and traceabillity
  • preventive veterinary care
  • systematic birth control programs according to the individual country’s needs