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ANIMAISDERUA
Running a comprehensive, community based
dog and cat welfare project in Praia de Faro
Harry Eckman: Co-Founde...
ANIMAISDERUA
Why this isn’t simply a CNVR project
• Capturing information and data
• Showing effectiveness and impact
• En...
• Natural Peninsula
• 4.5km x 750m
• Isolated animal population
• Seasonal human population
• Local fishing community
Prai...
ANIMAISDERUA
What the location meant from the perspective of a project
• Unique geography
• Isolated animal community
• No...
• Feral colonies
• Roaming dogs
• Approx 200 cats
• Approx 150 dogs
• Widespread welfare concerns
Praia de Faro - animals
...
ANIMAISDERUA
How the project developed
• Need for project data
• Methods of capturing data
• Animal - population dynamics,...
ANIMAISDERUA
The project is divided into 3 stages
Assessments
Finding out about everything
before we do stuff
CNVR and
wid...
ANIMAISDERUA
Assessment stage
November/December 2013
• Conduct animal population
census
• Conduct community survey
August ...
ANIMAISDERUA
Mobile phone app
• GPS location of animals
• Male/female, neutered/unneutered,
unknown, lactating, puppy/kitt...
ANIMAISDERUA
Community survey
• 150 surveys (20-25% of population)
• 20 questions
• Ownership behaviour
• How and where an...
ANIMAISDERUA
Census results
• Initial discussions suggested 40-50 dogs and 200-600 cats
• 130-150 dogs
• 180-220 cats
• Do...
ANIMAISDERUA
Survey results
• 150 interviews
• 60% owned one or more animals
• 75% owned dogs male – 25% female
• 40% owne...
ANIMAISDERUA
Implementation stage
- cats
October 2014
• Initial two-week CNVR
campaign
• Vaccinate
• Sterilise
• Provide a...
ANIMAISDERUA
• Lusofona University
• Blood sampling
• Faecal sampling
• Skin scrapes
• Ear tip collection
• Reproductive o...
ANIMAISDERUA
• Initial 2 week campaign
• 161 cats: 89 males - 72
females
• 74% of the cat population
• More accurate asses...
ANIMAISDERUA
• Follow-up CNVR
• 202 cats sterilised
• 98% of the cat population
• Community reports new
cats
• First publi...
ANIMAISDERUA
Revising the dog
implementation stage
• Initial assessment
suggested many unowned
dogs
• Ongoing assessment s...
ANIMAISDERUA
Revising the dog
implementation stage
• Dog population a result of
abandonment not breeding
• Sterlisation se...
ANIMAISDERUA
Implementation stage
- dogs
June 2015
• Collaboration between CFAF, AdR, 3 local veterinary practices
and the...
ANIMAISDERUA
• Challenging from
veterinary perspective
• Dogs aged from 1 to 15
years
• Size ranged from 4 to 42
kilos
• W...
ANIMAISDERUA
• Problems with owner
compliance
• Some owners initially
against sterilisation
• Accepted when
vaccinations a...
ANIMAISDERUA
Implementation stage - dogs
ANIMAISDERUA
Implementation stage - dogs
ANIMAISDERUA
Implementation stage - dogs
ANIMAISDERUA
Implementation stage - dogs
ANIMAISDERUA
• Several dogs have spent
their lives chained or
enclosed
• Now allowed some
freedom because
owners no longer...
ANIMAISDERUA
"We are very poor… We love our animals but have had no way of
doing the things we know we should be doing…
Th...
ANIMAISDERUA
Ongoing assessments – 2 years
• Ongoing CNVR of cat colonies
• Continued dialog with dog owners ensuring ongo...
ANIMAISDERUA
We undertook this project for three reasons,
1. Help the animals and community of Praia de Faro
2. Capture da...
ANIMAISDERUA
The more we can show the effectiveness of what we are doing…
by gathering the information we need…
and presen...
ANIMAISDERUA
Please click the following link to view the video
https://youtu.be/NxgODMzYnnM
• Dogs Trust
• Faro Municipality
• Parish of Montenegro
• DGAV
• OMV
• Lusófona University and volunteers
• Veterinary tea...
ANIMAISDERUA
For more information about any aspect of this project or advice on how
to incorporate any aspect of assessmen...
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ICAWC 2015 - The Full Monty - Harry Eckman (Change For Animals Foundation) & Maria Pinto Teixeira (Animais de Rua)

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ICAWC 2015 - The Full Monty - Harry Eckman (Change For Animals Foundation) & Maria Pinto Teixeira (Animais de Rua)

  1. 1. ANIMAISDERUA Running a comprehensive, community based dog and cat welfare project in Praia de Faro Harry Eckman: Co-Founder/Programmes Director - Change For Animals Foundation Maria Pinto Teixeira: President - Animais de Rua
  2. 2. ANIMAISDERUA Why this isn’t simply a CNVR project • Capturing information and data • Showing effectiveness and impact • Engaging communities, municipalities, governments and grant funders
  3. 3. • Natural Peninsula • 4.5km x 750m • Isolated animal population • Seasonal human population • Local fishing community Praia de Faro - location ANIMAISDERUA
  4. 4. ANIMAISDERUA What the location meant from the perspective of a project • Unique geography • Isolated animal community • No natural migration of animals • Manageable project area
  5. 5. • Feral colonies • Roaming dogs • Approx 200 cats • Approx 150 dogs • Widespread welfare concerns Praia de Faro - animals ANIMAISDERUA
  6. 6. ANIMAISDERUA How the project developed • Need for project data • Methods of capturing data • Animal - population dynamics, geographical diversity, health and welfare • People – knowledge, attitudes and behaviour • Input from expert partners • Sharing data • Supporting the wider animal welfare community
  7. 7. ANIMAISDERUA The project is divided into 3 stages Assessments Finding out about everything before we do stuff CNVR and wider welfare interventions Doing stuff Monitoring and evaluation Seeing if the stuff we did made any difference
  8. 8. ANIMAISDERUA Assessment stage November/December 2013 • Conduct animal population census • Conduct community survey August 2014 • Repeat population census and community survey
  9. 9. ANIMAISDERUA Mobile phone app • GPS location of animals • Male/female, neutered/unneutered, unknown, lactating, puppy/kitten • Body condition score • Signs of sickness • Signs of injury • Signs of ownership • Animal seen within property boundary
  10. 10. ANIMAISDERUA Community survey • 150 surveys (20-25% of population) • 20 questions • Ownership behaviour • How and where animals kept • Reason for ownership • Level of knowledge regarding basic care • Barriers to providing adequate care • “Problems" with animals • Perception of “stray” animals • Tolerance for street animals
  11. 11. ANIMAISDERUA Census results • Initial discussions suggested 40-50 dogs and 200-600 cats • 130-150 dogs • 180-220 cats • Dogs: 75% male - 25% female • Cats: 48% male - 52% female • Dogs: 89% good body condition • Cats: 91% good body condition • 5% of dogs and cats displayed signs of sickness
  12. 12. ANIMAISDERUA Survey results • 150 interviews • 60% owned one or more animals • 75% owned dogs male – 25% female • 40% owned cats male – 60% female • 47% of owned animals allowed to roam • 19% of owned animals sterilised • 45% of owners thought stray animals a problem • 65% of non-owners thought stray animals a problem
  13. 13. ANIMAISDERUA Implementation stage - cats October 2014 • Initial two-week CNVR campaign • Vaccinate • Sterilise • Provide anti-parasitics • Other treatments
  14. 14. ANIMAISDERUA • Lusofona University • Blood sampling • Faecal sampling • Skin scrapes • Ear tip collection • Reproductive organ collection Implementation stage - cats
  15. 15. ANIMAISDERUA • Initial 2 week campaign • 161 cats: 89 males - 72 females • 74% of the cat population • More accurate assessment of the population • Community engagement Implementation stage - cats
  16. 16. ANIMAISDERUA • Follow-up CNVR • 202 cats sterilised • 98% of the cat population • Community reports new cats • First published data: eye parasite Onchocerca Lupi - identified for the first time in cats in Portugal Implementation stage - cats
  17. 17. ANIMAISDERUA Revising the dog implementation stage • Initial assessment suggested many unowned dogs • Ongoing assessment shows no unowned dogs • Many dogs previously abandoned and taken on by current owner
  18. 18. ANIMAISDERUA Revising the dog implementation stage • Dog population a result of abandonment not breeding • Sterlisation serves health and welfare role not population control • Encouraging responsible ownership • Most dogs never seen vet
  19. 19. ANIMAISDERUA Implementation stage - dogs June 2015 • Collaboration between CFAF, AdR, 3 local veterinary practices and the local municipality • 107 dogs reached • 71 sterilisations: 44 male - 27 female • Additional 36 dogs reached through community outreach • 67% of the dog population
  20. 20. ANIMAISDERUA • Challenging from veterinary perspective • Dogs aged from 1 to 15 years • Size ranged from 4 to 42 kilos • Wide variety of health and welfare issues Implementation stage - dogs
  21. 21. ANIMAISDERUA • Problems with owner compliance • Some owners initially against sterilisation • Accepted when vaccinations and anti parasitics offered • Could not reach every dog Implementation stage - dogs
  22. 22. ANIMAISDERUA Implementation stage - dogs
  23. 23. ANIMAISDERUA Implementation stage - dogs
  24. 24. ANIMAISDERUA Implementation stage - dogs
  25. 25. ANIMAISDERUA Implementation stage - dogs
  26. 26. ANIMAISDERUA • Several dogs have spent their lives chained or enclosed • Now allowed some freedom because owners no longer worried they will mate • Owners seemed to have "seen" their dogs for the first time Implementation stage - dogs
  27. 27. ANIMAISDERUA "We are very poor… We love our animals but have had no way of doing the things we know we should be doing… This project is one of the best things to ever happen on Praia de Faro... It has changed the lives of not only the animals here but the people too.” Implementation stage - dogs
  28. 28. ANIMAISDERUA Ongoing assessments – 2 years • Ongoing CNVR of cat colonies • Continued dialog with dog owners ensuring ongoing compliance • Ongoing partnership with local veterinary practices • Repeat population counts and community surveys • Ongoing dissemination of responsible ownership materials • Replicable model project approach • Full publication of project data
  29. 29. ANIMAISDERUA We undertook this project for three reasons, 1. Help the animals and community of Praia de Faro 2. Capture data, understand the situation and share findings 3. Develop a practical and replicable model What our work means for your work
  30. 30. ANIMAISDERUA The more we can show the effectiveness of what we are doing… by gathering the information we need… and presenting it in a way that shows the impact of our work… the more we can improve the lives of animals and the communities they live with.
  31. 31. ANIMAISDERUA Please click the following link to view the video https://youtu.be/NxgODMzYnnM
  32. 32. • Dogs Trust • Faro Municipality • Parish of Montenegro • DGAV • OMV • Lusófona University and volunteers • Veterinary team - Kate Shervell, Lisa Trueman, Zala Hajdinjak, Amy Lewis • Teresa Líbano Monteiro and Suzanne de Callatay • Clínica Veterinária Central • Centro Veterinário da Estação • Clínica Veterinária de Faro Acknowledgements and thanks • SNIP International • CASA Porto • Merial • WVS • Mission Rabies • Royal Canin • CIAA • MDC Exports • APAFF • Lex Hiby and Conservation Research • Atmos Arial Filming • Volunteers of Animais de Rua • Ilha de Faro community ANIMAISDERUA
  33. 33. ANIMAISDERUA For more information about any aspect of this project or advice on how to incorporate any aspect of assessment, monitoring, evaluating and measuring impacts into your work, please come and speak to us or contact us directly: harryeckman@changeforanimals.org mariapteixeira@animaisderua.org Thank you!

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