'strays': Science & Research


Comparison of dog population management methods to find the most sustainable one

In collaboration with the University of Leeds (UK), and the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise "Giuseppe Caporale" (IZSAM, Teramo, Italy), FOUR PAWS is conducting a study on the stray dog populations in Europe and internationally. Stray dog overpopulation is a global problem which is of public health, animal welfare and environmental concern. Stray dogs can grow in numbers and experience poor animal welfare, but also cause accidents, spread disease, bite people, and pollute the streets. The STRAYS project has been developed to determine the most sustainable, effective and efficient method of controlling the number of stray dogs by comparing different methods of stray dog population control.


Catch - Neuter - Release

Current methods to manage the stray dog population include the mass neutering of dogs (called catch-neuter-release), long-term sheltering and culling. STRAYS aims to quantify the sustainability of these methods when considering stray dog population size, financial costs, welfare impact to the dog population and threats to public health.