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Research - The Global Alliance for Animals and People

The GAAP works with communities and individuals who are interested in growing and learning
From professionals to farmers, we provide the capacity needed to meet program goals and carry the work into the future.

Despite the number of organizations working around the world on human and animal development issues, there are still more questions than answers. We feel that it is a moral responsibility to conduct these studies on our project sites so that the community receives the relevant study information that feeds directly back into their development projects, as well as providing local employment.

Guillermo Perez, Program Director

The Issues

dog sterilization research in latin america

There is a paucity of information about many of the issues around which we work. For example, in Latin America, there are very few wild wildlife species whose status is properly known. Without this fundamental piece of information, it is unknown whether their populations are declining or even critically endangered. In the case of street dogs, their ecology, reproduction, behavioural interactions, disease prevalence and mortality is almost completely unknown.

Our Research
Behaviour and Demography of Street Dogs

We study important characteristics of free-roaming dogs in the communities in which we have development projects. Some studies concern the behavioural changes in male dogs following different forms of sterilization, while others are more focused on understanding what street dogs do, such as where and what they eat, how many puppies they have and their causes of mortality. Then statistical modelers can represent the normal life of street dogs, and subsequently make predictions about what would happen if a humane control intervention were implemented.


Human Attitudes & Behaviours

We conduct studies of the way people think and the ways in which they behave. This information is critical in understanding the community attitudes and behaviours in the locations in which we work. Without this baseline information about people, it is very difficult to develop culturally appropriate programs as well as to measure subsequent changes over time.


Baseline Data Collection

In all our project sites, we collect baseline data before initiating any interventions so that we can measure the changes and evaluate our projects over time. We measure things like disease prevalence, number of animals in an area, number of births and deaths, frequency of attacks or bites, animal or crop harvest under a particular management regime, or economic effects of a current situation.


Dissemination and Scientific Publications

We understand the importance of disseminating the findings of our research not only to the community in which the study was conducted but also to the greater scientific community. We present our results at international conferences and generate manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.