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Dog health programs

Toby and his dog in Galuwinku Northern Territory
A dog health program is a sustainable program built on best practice

One of AMRRIC's key objectives is to assist communites/shires and governments to implement best practice guidelines and models into national animal management and dog health programs. AMRRIC undertakes the coordination/facilitation of dog health programs in remote Indigenous communities. We link up veterinarians with Indigenous communities and related health bodies for programs which include:

  • desexings - both chemical and surgical
  • treatment
  • education and discussion of future strategies
  • ethuanasia (by consent of the owner) 

The effect of the dog programs is tangible, immediate and practical. It improves community health, empowers the indigenous community members, raises self-respect and provides a significant return on the money spent. This work addresses an expressed need in a manner which is culturally sensitive and agreed upon by all parties.

AMRRIC does not support 'culling' as a single measure in controlling dog numbers. There is plenty of evidence to demonstrate the ineffectiveness of this approach. This approach destroys relationships with dog owners and the future of programs.

Starting a dog program

If you are seeking assistance with establishing dog health programs please contact AMRRIC.

For more detailed information read the Dog Health Program Guideline.

Objectives of dog health programs

  • improve the health and welfare of companion animals in the community and contribute to an improvement in human health by improving the health of companion animals in the community, reducing the transmission of disease from animals to people, educating people about parasites and disease in companion animals, and consequently expanding people’s concepts regarding their own health and disease prevention 
  • provide a means of managing a large, relatively uncontrolled dog population, with the associated problems of noise, scavenging and attacks on humans
  • to empower Indigenous communities to maintain, improve or develop animal health and welfare standards 
  • provide the knowledge, training and resources to enable the community to take responsibility for and manage animals, animal health and welfare, and related issues such as responsible pet ownership

 

2014 AMRRIC Conference

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Australia