Planning a dog population management programme

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to dog population management. At ICAM, we know from the experience of our members that the characteristics of dog populations can vary across the world.

This means planning is vital for any humane dog population management programme to be effective. On this page you will find resources that provide guidance on planning an intervention.

The only part we consider to be universal is the need for a comprehensive programme that focuses on the causes of a roaming dog population, and not just treating the symptom.

In our Humane Dog Population Management guidance, you can find advice on:

  • Initial data collection and assessment
  • How to identify and prioritise factors affecting dog population size
  • Advice on designing an intervention.

And in our ‘Are We Making a Difference?’ guide to monitoring and evaluation, you can find tools for gathering baseline information including:

  • Questionnaire surveys
  • Population street surveys
  • How to use secondary sources of information.

These 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.

Related downloads

Related online tools

  • Dog population management impact assessment tool

    Take a look at our “Are We Making a Difference?” monitoring and evaluation guidance, and then use this interactive tool to help you choose which indicators to use to help you measure the impact of your dog population management programme.Read More

Related projects

  • Indicators project

    Every year, ICAM embarks on new projects to benefit the dog population management community. In 2015, we published the first comprehensive guidance on monitoring and evaluating dog population management interventions.Read More


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