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American Strays Canine Survey Coming to Houston in May - Volunteers Needed Immediately!
The World Animal Awareness Society will begin to survey Houston for stray and roaming dogs in May and the award-winning non profit team is interviewing volunteer candidates until Friday May 2, 2014.
By: World Animal Awareness Society - WA2S.org
The WA2S believes you cannot solve a problem without first defining the problem. In trying to understand and quantify the number - one that will be broken down and plotted for the public on Google maps - the American Strays Project team is able to understand the actual issues effecting a neighborhood. Once at the source and we communicate the actual problem, we believe the local stakeholders will be able to turn the faucet of problems off. The annual American Strays Canine Survey will allow all the stakeholders;
In Detroit, the American Strays Project team released preliminary data in January and is hard at work developing interactive lesson plans for Detroit 5th graders as part of the solution. In Detroit, a lack of pet guardianship knowledge is a primary factor contributing to neglect, abuse, bites, breeding, roaming and a host of other behaviors that wear negatively on the community as a whole.
Key stakeholders in Detroit such as the Michigan Humane Society are already using the data. David Williams, interim CEO and President of the Michigan Humane Society wrote: "The American Strays Canine Survey conducted by the World Animal Awareness Society has provided valuable and reality based information that will assist the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) and other key stakeholders within the city of Detroit."
The challenges regarding homeless and stray animals within a large urban space like Houston are significant and it is imperative that we collectively and efficiently maximize resources to better the lives of animals and people within the city.
Over the coming months the WA2S American Strays Project team will also be meeting with government and NGO leaders in Houston to discuss preliminary data.
There are many things the dog friendly people of Houston can do to participate. Volunteer to be feet on the street, digitally spotting and logging Houston's stray dog populations using state of the art technology while saving the street dogs. If you are not able to volunteer, that's OK, you can donate to, or become a sponsor of the American Strays Project - Houston and help underwrite the education, technology, software, and infrastructure for Houston.
More about the American Strays Project, including preliminary data release statement here: http://www.WA2S.org/