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Urban Animals: GIS Analysis of Stray Canines and Felines in Albuquerque, New Mexico

By Courtney Brock

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While human influence and progress has shaped the cityscape of Albuquerque, New Mexico, many stray animals also consider this city to be their home. Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department holds a human responsibility over these urban animals and their habitat displacement, requiring them to either be registered and owned or euthanized. Although animal rights are a topic continually in debate, the habitat choices made by stray animals are rarely questioned, due to anthropocentrism in the city’s structure and laws.

Through observational field research with Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Officers, stray animal locations were collected throughout the city for one week in July 2017, and then analyzed using ESRI’s ArcMap program. Comparing these stray animal locations with eleven human social variables provided insight into how the reported crime in Albuquerque has the most statistically significant relationship with the city’s stray animals.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2018
Pages 72
Department Geography
Degree Masters
Language English
University The University of New Mexico
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal roles
  2. Cats
  3. Dogs
  4. Geographic information systems
  5. Mammals
  6. New Mexico
  7. open access
  8. Pets and companion animals
  9. stray animals
  1. open access