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.
- Humane Dog Population Management 2019 Update
ICAM’s updated (2019) guidance on how to manage dog populations humanely and effectively.Read More
- Figure 4 – Visualisation of the DPM system
ICAM (2019) Humane Dog Population Management Guidance Figure 4: Visualisation of DPM system in full sizeRead More
- Figure 1 – Dog population dynamics
ICAM (2019) Humane Dog Population Management Guidance Figure 1: Dog Population Dynamics in full sizeRead More
- DPM system infographic
ICAM (2019) Humane Dog Population Management Guidance DPM system infographic in full sizeRead More
- The welfare basis for the euthanasia of dogs and cats and policy development
topic-download 149 The ICAM Coalition believes that it is essential that organisations working with animals have fully considered and agreed a policy for the euthanasia of animals in their care so that an informed and supported decision can be made whe …Read More
- Guidelines for the design and management of animal shelters
topic-download 148 The purpose of this guidance is to set out all the areas to consider when building an animal shelter. It stresses that building a shelter may not be the best solution in every situation and suggests some alternative projects to consi …Read More
- Methods for the euthanasia of dogs and cats
topic-download 147 This document aims to provide guidance on the euthanasia of dogs and cats by identifying methods considered humane and methods that might compromise animal welfare. Some documents here are written by individual members of the lCAM Co …Read More
- Identification methods for dogs and cats
topic-download 146 The aim of this document is to describe methods of identification suitable for dogs and cats, to aid decision-making and provide guidance on procedures and equipment. The advantages and disadvantages of each method and any inherent a …Read More