Training by Conservation Research
In August 2016, ASCA's president, Anastasia Aravantinou, was trained by Lex Hiby of Conservation Research, on roaming dogs mapping on behalf of the Panhellenic Animal Welfare Federation. The scope of the training is to offer a valuable tool and method for the tracking and mapping of roaming dogs in areas of interest. The data will show cases that need urgent intervention (e.g. pregnant dogs, lactating dogs, dogs with skin problem etc), the data will help organising spay/neuter programs and most of all, will help communities to deal with overpopulation and coexist with dogs through understanding how roaming dogs live and interact with people.
Lex Hiby, a population biologist and experienced conservationist, visited Greece and for a week he trained ASCA's president Anastasia Aravantinou, on street surveying. Every morning from 6 am to 8 am, the volunteers were tracking dogs by driving in predesigned routes in the city of Lechaina, Andravida, Varda and Manolada. The locations were chosen by Lex Hiby and the Humane Society International.
The training on the street survey was funded by the Humane Society International.
Find out more about HSI here and about Conservation Research here.
Street survey for mapping the free roaming dogs:
"A prototype system for monitoring roaming dogs. In order to control the number of free-roaming dogs, animal shelters in many Indian cities are collecting dogs from the city streets to vaccinate, neuter and replace. More CNVR projects are proposed. The amount and type of data recorded is very variable, so potential information about the dogs and the effectiveness of the projects is being lost. The following link describes a way of using a "smartphone" to collect and store the data without investing a lot of time and effort. Dogs of different types (male, female, lactating etc.) seen on the street are recorded by tapping buttons on the screen. Those that are picked up are photographed and described using a voice recording. At the shelter or mobile clinic the data is uploaded to a database. Further information about the dogs and their treatment is added there. Each day the database prints out a list of dogs ready for surgery and sends to the 'phone a map of release locations for dogs ready for release. It also displays monthly reports of the shelter's work and displays maps showing the distribution of dogs of different types and changes over time.
A second system uses the phone purely as a survey tool, to monitor the density of roaming dogs (dogs seen per km) along one or more standard routes over time. The method can be used to monitor the effectiveness of any animal birth control (ABC) intervention because the average number of dogs seen per km gives the expected number that a resident will encounter, for example, while travelling to work or school and hence relates closely to perceived dog "problem".