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  1. A village dog is not a stray : human-dog interactions in coastal Mexico

    Contributor(s):: Eliza Ruiz Izaguirre

    Dogs (Canis familiaris) are considered one of the most numerous carnivores worldwide. Although in the Global North dogs are popular companions, that live inside homes, about 80% of the dogs in the world are village dogs. Village dogs are typically free-roaming, scavenge refuse around human...

  2. Unowned Cat Management in the State of Ohio: Elements of Best Practice in Public-Private Collaborative Efforts

    Contributor(s):: Daniel D. Spehar

    A contentious debate over the management of free-roaming cat populations is ongoing. Nevertheless, disparate groups of stakeholders share a common goal of fewer community cats. Unowned cat management typically necessitates a choice between utilization of lethal or non-lethal measures. Research...

  3. Success, Wisdom and Dogs | Rakesh Shukla | TEDxICTMumbai

    Contributor(s):: Rakesh Shukla

    Rakesh Shukla, a technocrat, pursued his love for his four legged friends by venturing into unchartered territories. He founded the “The Voice of Stray Dogs” (VOSD), a non-profit for rescue and rehabilitation of stray dogs. His fleet has rescued over 7000 dogs.In this talk, he talks...

  4. A Survey of Public Opinion on Cat (Felis catus) Predation and the Future Direction of Cat Management in New Zealand

    Contributor(s):: Jessica K Walker, Stephanie J Bruce, Arnja R Dale

    Cat predation is a prominent issue in New Zealand that provokes strong and opposing views. We explored, via 1011 face-to-face questionnaires, public opinion on (a) support for a National Cat Management Strategy (78% support); (b) concern regarding predation of wildlife by owned and un-owned cats...

  5. Surrendered and Stray Dogs in Australia—Estimation of Numbers Entering Municipal Pounds, Shelters and Rescue Groups and Their Outcomes

    Contributor(s):: Diana Chua, Jackquie Rand, John Morton

    There is no national system for monitoring numbers of dogs entering municipal council pounds and shelters in Australia, or their outcomes. This limits understanding of the surrendered and stray dog issue, and prevents the evaluation of management strategies. We aimed to estimate these in...

  6. Trap-Neuter-Return Activities in Urban Stray Cat Colonies in Australia

    Contributor(s):: Kuan Tan, Jacquie Rand, John Morton

    Trap, neuter and return (TNR) describes a non-lethal approach to the control of urban stray cat populations. Currently, in Australia, lethal control is common, with over 85% of cats entering some municipal pounds euthanized. No research has been published describing TNR activities in Australia....

  7. Digital dog shelter application

    Contributor(s):: Taryn Bzdick

    Pet overpopulation has been a major issue for a long time. Hundreds of thousands of dogs are in shelters all over the country who desperately need homes. When looking up these dogs on shelter web sites it is common to find a small blurb and a low quality photograph in a poorly designed...

  8. Depredatory impact of free-roaming dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) on Mediterranean deer in southern Spain: implications for the human-wolf conflict.

    Contributor(s):: J. Duarte, F.J. Garcia, JE Fa

    Feral dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) are efficient wild ungulate hunters in many parts of the world. This has not been confirmed in Mediterranean ecosystems. However, if feral dogs can predate upon wild Mediterranean ungulates, they can also do so upon livestock. Therefore, to more realistically...

  9. Improving rabies control in free-roaming dogs

    Contributor(s):: Michelle Kimberley Morters

    Canine-mediated rabies is a serious zoonosis responsible for at least 55,000 human deaths every year, primarily in less developed communities in Asia and Africa where domestic dogs are free-roaming. The disease can be effectively controlled through vaccinating at least 45% of the dogs in a...

  10. Demographics and economic burden of un-owned cats and dogs in the UK: results of a 2010 census

    Contributor(s):: Jenny Stavisky, Marnie L Brennan, Martin Downes, Rachel Dean

    BackgroundThe population of dogs and cats passing through rescue shelters may be subject to compromised welfare and increased susceptibility to disease. Little information exists to describe this population, its dynamics and associated management practices. The aim of this study was to carry out...

  11. Human-Related Factors Regulate the Spatial Ecology of Domestic Cats in Sensitive Areas for Conservation

    Contributor(s):: Joaquim P. Ferreira, Ines Leitao, Margarida Santos-Reis, Eloy Revilla

    BackgroundDomestic cats ranging freely in natural areas are a conservation concern due to competition, predation, disease transmission or hybridization with wildcats. In order to improve our ability to design effective control policies, we investigate the factors affecting their numbers and space...

  12. The policies of stray pet population control in Lithuania : a study of government contractors as opposed to non-profit volunteer based organizations

    Contributor(s):: Saulene Taruskaite-Vanebo

    Within the thesis, the trending methods of stray pet population care and control are considered, the emphasis put on the differences between governmentally funded institutions of sanitation and the non-governmental animal shelters; significant attention paid to the implementation and overall...

  13. Of feral cats and pet cats

    Contributor(s):: Bruce A. Vojak

    Early last summer an article in our local newspaper caught my eye. Some well-deserved visibility was given to my friend, Dick Warner (Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences), for the findings arising from his study of ferali and pet cats. Dick and his colleagues...

  14. Dogs and cats need responsible owners

    Contributor(s):: Jack L. Tuttle

    Pet overpopulation has become a nationwide problem. The estimated 80 million dogs and cats in this country are about 20 percent more dogs and cats than can possibly be kept as pets. Putting unwanted animals to sleep cost $125 million in 1975. As a result, there have been increased efforts to have...

  15. Population dynamics and management of free-roaming cats

    Contributor(s):: Paige McGee Hill

    With an estimated 400 million domestic cats worldwide, free-roaming cats issues are of global importance due to animal welfare and public health concerns, as well as impacts on native wildlife through predation, competition and disease transmission. Though these impacts have been well documented,...

  16. The effects of demographics and pet ownership on attachment towards and opinion about owned and unowned free-roaming cats

    Contributor(s):: Melanie Elaine Ramon

    A telephone questionnaire was developed to collect information on pet owners, cat ownership patterns, and people's opinions about homeless pets. A 7-day observation log was also developed to gather information about free-roaming cats in Caldwell, TX. The objectives of this research were: (1)...

  17. Randagismo e volontariato in Sardegna: Maria Elena Pisu at TEDxViaTirso

    Contributor(s):: Maria Elena Pisu

    Stray dogs are usually a problem : for dogs itselves, for health community, for safety. In this Tedx the speaker shows us how it is possible to transform a social problem in a social opportunity, with educational , economical and health effect. Maria Elena Pisu has started to take care of...

  18. Problems associated with the microchip data of stray dogs and cats entering RSPCA Queensland shelters

    Contributor(s):: Lancaster, E., Rand, J., Collecott, S., Paterson, M.

    A lack of published information documenting problems with the microchip data for the reclaiming of stray animals entering Australian shelters limits improvement of the current microchipping system. A retrospective study analysing admission data for stray, adult dogs ( n=7258) and cats ( n=6950)...

  19. Ce que les noms des chiens des sans-abris revelent de leurs maitres

    Contributor(s):: Blanchard, C.

    In recent years, a frustrating new trend has been observed by those working with homeless people in developed cities: the emergence of a growing group of wandering dog-owners whose lives are highly impacted by their bond to the animal. In this study, we take a close look at the dogs' names to...

  20. Homeless people with dogs: what can be learned from the animals' names?Ce que les noms des chiens des sans-abris revelent de leurs maitres

    Contributor(s):: Blanchard, C.

    In recent years, a frustrating new trend has been observed by those working with homeless people in developed cities: the emergence of a growing group of wandering dog-owners whose lives are highly impacted by their bond to the animal. In this study, we take a close look at the dogs' names to...