There is a paucity of information about many of the issues regarding our 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.
Behaviour and Demography of Street Dogs
We study the characteristics of free-roaming dogs. Some studies concern behavioural changes in male dogs following different forms of sterilization, while others focus on understanding what street dogs do; where and what they eat, how many puppies they have and their causes of mortality. Then statistical modelers can represent their normal lives, and subsequently predict what would happen if humane control intervention was implemented.
Human Attitudes & Behavours
We also conduct studies regarding human beahaviour. This information is critical in understanding a community’s attitudes towards animals. Without this baseline information about people, it is very difficult to develop culturally appropriate programs as well as measuring subsequent changes over time.
Baselane 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 where the study has been conducted but also to the greater scientific community. We present our results at international conferences and generate manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.