When assisting communities to humanely deal with unwanted dogs, there are 3 possible immediate solutions:
1. Stop or decrease “littering”
This starts with the prevention of as many pregnancies (ie targeting females) as possible, as fast as possible, with surgical and/or non-surgical intervention and conventional means (sequestration of females in heat).
2. Prevent influx of dogs in the communities.
Especially non sexually neutralized dogs (spayed or neutered).
3. Encourage adoption of excess dogs within and outside the communities.
For a dog population management plan to sustainably succeed in the long term, more than one solution needs to be applied. This also implies that each community needs to implement a set of bylaws suitable and enforceable to their specific needs.
Dr. Judith Samson-French