Components of a dog population management programme

Humane and effective management of dog populations needs to address the priority problems and dog population dynamics of the local context. There is no single intervention approach that will work everywhere.

ICAM advocates assessment of local problems and dynamics, allowing a community to make evidence based decisions when creating a customized DPM system for managing dogs in their locality.

This DPM system consists of Foundations that provide a legal basis as well as the political and social will to drive effective DPM Services. DPM services are the DPM activities that when appropriately selected and combined for the location, should encourage and support positive human behaviours and provide a safety net for unmanaged dogs. Altogether, these influence population dynamics to create the Outcome of positive human-dog relationships, which leads to change in one or more Impacts.

You can find more advice in our Humane Dog Population Management guidance.

Some documents are written by individual members of the lCAM Coalition and reflect the views of those individual members and not necessarily of the entire Coalition, however all members of the Coalition have approved that these documents should be made available through this site.

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