As we have all learned, however, once a community starts addressing its dog problems, a whole host of other problems can be worked out as well.
IFAW's work in Lopare began two years ago.
We had been contacted by the United Nations Development Program (the UNDP), who have been helping the people of Bosnia to resolve human security issues.
To their surprise, many communities were ranking roaming dogs near the top of their security concerns.
People were being bitten, people were afraid of rabies, people were afraid of dog packs. We had just begun a new project called Humane Community Development in Chile, and we thought that this approach could also work in Bosnia.
The first champion of this project in Lopare was the mayor, Dr. Rado Savić. He seemed to understand the relationship between dog welfare and human welfare almost immediately. In fact, he was the first to take his dog to be neutered by Zoran Jokić, the municipal veterinarian.
And as the Humane Community Development process was rolled out, Lopare's dogs gradually gained more and more allies, until the whole community agreed that healthy, happy dogs make for a healthy, happy community.