600 Million Stray Dogs – Setting the Record Straight

by Mary Haight on June 17, 2011

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Questions surfaced after my podcast interview with Jane Velez-Mitchell about a new non-surgical spay/neuter method for dogs and cats.  Velez-Mitchell mentioned that Alex Pacheco, PeTA co-founder (retired), was involved in searching for an injectable single dose solution to help solve the stray dogs problem – and that was now his life’s mission. 

Some weeks later, there was a buzz about a YouTube video from Pacheco claiming there was a sterilization pill ready for manufacture that was safe, effective, could be put in food or treats and would not harm dogs who had already had a dose. The possibility of controlling the world’s stray dogs, estimated at 580-680 million, is a fascinating prospect – something all animal lovers would cheer.  Pacheco was asking for donations to the 501c3 he founded, 600 Million Stray Dogs Need You, based on a partnership with Senestech, ostensibly to bring this drug to market.  

Senestech is the company that developed Chemspay, a product that, while it may have future promise, is a long way from being ready to use. The fact that the drug is not ready to be used on dogs as stated in Pacheco’s video, that the data proving it effective is incomplete, and that there are safety concerns is more than a little disturbing. I imagine the people at Senestech thought so too, since they have since severed their relationship with Pacheco and his 600 Million Stray Dogs organization.

While this line of scientific enquiry is exciting, facts are what should be brought to the public when asking for money. It appears that the video by 600 Million Stray Dogs, in an attempt to gain significant donations, misrepresented the facts and crossed ethical boundaries. If you have donated already, you may want to ask for your money back.  If you see this misinformation elsewhere you may wish to leave a comment. 

For more information on what’s happening in this area of research, you can check out my interview with Aimee Gilbreath, Executive Director at Found Animals Foundation, coming up at Animal Cafe on Monday.  

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17 comments
Andrew2323
Andrew2323

How sad that you would attack a man dedicating his life to save animals, someone who has an unparalleled proven track record. Simply because the formula is still in production doesn't mean there is anything nefarious about it or that donations are being misused. This is such an irresponsible "article." I wonder what your motives are to attack someone who is working so tirelessly to solve a global problem that causes so many animals to suffer. 

K9Jack
K9Jack

The real shame of this bashing of Alex Pacheco and 600 million dogs organization, is that the issue involves animals suffering and a man dedicating his life to solve the problem.  I too read up on Pacheco and revealed a hero of a person who risked his own life and freedom for the betterment of the life of animals.  Just because Pacheco can't present his finished drug, doesn't mean he isn't worthy of trust with donation funds.  His background has not exposed any wrongdoing with PETA funds or 600milliondogs.org ,,, Pacheco has also stated that he intends to divulge his drug to the world as a open patent so no large drug company can price it out of the market for third world countries where millions of dogs and cats suffer daily. So, I suppose the big drug companies would do anything to stop Pacheco from revealing the formula before they can patent it themselves.   My conclusion, I am donating to 600 Dogs and Pacheco with a strong prayer that he will succeed in this endeavor. AND shame on anyone who is name calling without the facts.  I suggest we all donate from our hearts for the cause and trust God to put your donation to good use.  

I cant stand to see another dog suffer.

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

 @K9Jack You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.

 

Pacheco is not a scientist, he's simply raising funds. He refused to answer  questions about exactly what group of research scientists he is raising this money for. Since the original science group who own the science and the product they are producing (not owned by Pacheco) severed ties with 600 million, it would behoove anyone donating to this group to know precisely WHY they are donating and to whom. I am sure Pacheco appreciates your donation of a strong prayer.

Rumpydog
Rumpydog

Hi. Just got a request this week from this organization to do a guest post. I always Google nonprofits first to see what's up, and was suspicious when the leading results were their web page (doesn't mean there's anything wrong with them per se, but it does make me want to know why that is). Then I did some more digging. Just so ya know, they're still out there and they're still asking for money. And there's still no evidence they've done anything positive. 

Laurie
Laurie

Am grateful for this info. Received request by mail from Miami, but don. env. to LasVegas.

mydogshampoostore
mydogshampoostore

I haven't seen the video on 600 Million Stray Dogs. It is a shame they would use this to get donations and put a negative on the real issue. I never realized their were so many stay dogs. I hope the research works out and helps getting some of them off the street. Thanks for the information.

Karen Friesecke
Karen Friesecke

It's interesting how a few words can make a difference, negative or positive. If this Pacheco guy would have said that the drug was in it's infancy, there would have not been problems. Despite the fact that Senestech severed ties with Pacheco, it's damage done. I hope that they can get legitimate funding elsewhere.

SUGAR
SUGAR

Woof! Woof! Golden Thanks for sharing this information ... will read more about it. Happy BLOG HOP Weekend. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

melfr
melfr

Oh wow. I had not heard of 600 Million Stray Dogs or Pacheco, but how sad that he would use such an important issue and cause to get money. I'll have to check out Aimee's interview. Sounds very interesting! I'm off to continue my Saturday Blog Hop. I see you've been writing up a storm lately! ;)

Vicky
Vicky

It makes me sad that people misrepresent the facts surrounding animal causes, as it creates a distrust that makes people hesitate to give to legitimate causes. Thanks for bringing this to light.

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