Mondo Stray

In large Italian cities you may notice dogs with owners in tow, often breeds that may be considered “designer” or “pure bread.” Rarely, however, do you see stray dogs roaming.

In 2010, Fiona Cole and Carlo Cesario rescued their dog, Dino Fortunato, in Calabria in southern Italy, and brought him home to California. Rescuing Dino prompted Fiona and Carlo to question how other countries manage animal rescue and shelters compared to the U.S.

Italy banned euthanasia in 2009 and shelters are paid per day per dog to house dogs. This humanitarian policy perhaps has contributed to the packed kennels where dogs are


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