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Participatory methods for the assessment of the ownership status of free-roaming dogs in Bali, Indonesia, for disease control and animal welfare

By M. K. Morters, S. Bharadwaj, H. R. Whay, S. Cleaveland, I. M. Damriyasa, J. L. N. Wood

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The existence of unowned, free-roaming dogs capable of maintaining adequate body condition without direct human oversight has serious implications for disease control and animal welfare, including reducing effective vaccination coverage against rabies through limiting access for vaccination, and absolving humans from the responsibility of providing adequate care for a domesticated species. Mark-recapture methods previously used to estimate the fraction of unowned dogs in free-roaming populations have limitations, particularly when most of the dogs are owned. We used participatory methods, described as Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), as a novel alternative to mark-recapture methods in two villages in Bali, Indonesia. PRA was implemented at the banjar (or sub-village)-level to obtain consensus on the food sources of the free-roaming dogs. Specific methods included semi-structured discussion, visualisation tools and ranking. The PRA results agreed with the preceding household surveys and direct observations, designed to evaluate the same variables, and confirmed that a population of unowned, free-roaming dogs in sufficiently good condition to be sustained independently of direct human support was unlikely to exist.

Publication Title Preventive Veterinary Medicine
Volume 116
Issue 1/2
Pages 203-208
ISBN/ISSN 0167-5877
Publisher Elsevier
Language English
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  1. Animals
  2. Animal welfare
  3. APEC countries
  4. ASEAN Countries
  5. Asia
  6. Bali
  7. Body condition
  8. Canidae
  9. Canine
  10. Carnivores
  11. Developing countries
  12. Diseases
  13. Dogs
  14. Households
  15. Humans
  16. Indonesia
  17. Mammals
  18. Management
  19. Men
  20. Methodologies
  21. pathogens
  22. peer-reviewed
  23. Pests.
  24. Pets and companion animals
  25. Preventive Medicine
  26. Primates
  27. Rabies
  28. Research
  29. Resistance and Immunity
  30. RNA
  31. rural areas
  32. surgery
  33. surveys
  34. Techniques
  35. vaccination
  36. vertebrates
  37. Veterinary medicine
  38. villages
  39. Virus diseases
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