The essence of this guide is that there is no single intervention that can be used to solve the dog ‘problem’. In each location, dogs cause and experience different problems for different reasons, dog ownership practices can also vary significantly, and hence the interventions required to tackle these problems will also necessarily be different. The guide aims to help people through a process of stakeholder collaboration, initial assessment of the dog population and then analysis through the lenses of several important factors. This leads to a level of understanding that supports design of the most effective and resource-efficient approach to managing the population in a humane manner.
The guide took its inspiration from several related texts, not least the WHO/WSPA (1990) Guidelines for Dog Population Management. It also shares many of the concepts outlined in the OIE standard on Stray Dog Control that was adopted in 2009 (Chapter 7.7 of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code), our DPM guide works well as a companion to the OIE standard.
Thank you for being part of this development by providing your input.
Dr Elly Hiby
ICAM Coalition Scientific Coordinator