Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 1020-4989
GARCIA, Rita de Cassia Maria; CALDERON, Néstor and FERREIRA, Fernando. Consolidation of international guidelines for the management of canine populations in urban areas and proposal of performance indicators. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2012, vol.32, n.2, pp. 140-144. ISSN 1020-4989. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892012000800008.
The objective of this study is to propose a generic program for the management of urban canine populations with suggestion of performance indicators. The following international guidelines on canine population management were revised and consolidated: World Health Organization, World Organisation for Animal Health, World Society for the Protection of Animals, International Companion Animal Management Coalition, and the Food and Agriculture Organization. Management programs should cover: situation diagnosis, including estimates of population size; social participation with involvement of various sectors in the planning and execution of strategies; educational actions to promote humane values, animal welfare, community health, and responsible ownership (through purchase or adoption); environmental and waste management to eliminate sources of food and shelter; registration and identification of animals; animal health care, reproductive control; prevention and control of zoonoses; control of animal commerce; management of animal behavior and adequate solutions for abandoned animals; and laws regulating responsible ownership, prevention of abandonment and zoonoses. To monitor these actions, four groups of indicators are suggested: animal population indicators, human/animal interaction indicators, public service indicators, and zoonosis indicators. The management of stray canine populations requires political, sanitary, ethologic, ecologic, and humanitarian strategies that are socially acceptable and environmentally sustainable. Such measures must also include the control of zoonoses such as rabies and leishmaniasis, considering the concept of "one health," which benefits both the animals and people in the community.
Keywords : Dogs; zoonoses; animals; animal welfare; epidemiological surveillance.