For a long time, the authorities took “Trap-Removal” as the managing policy for stray dogs, which demonstrated not only an in-humane, but also inefficient approach for this subject. Instead, NGO for animal protection insisted Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) policy, and got very positive feedback in public. Furthermore, they cooperated with councilors to claim “No Kill” policy, and try to persuade the authorities to accept Neuter as a replacement of “Removal”. In the recent years, as TNR became more and more popular in the public forum, one fundamental question was arisen, like “ TNR is a good managing policy for stray animals?” Especially for stray dogs, there was much argument.
Therefore, the study here is by observing 3 individual universities in Taipei City, which are authorized to conduct TNR for stray dogs in campus, to learn how TNR works and furthermore whether if TNR can be moving forward to a solid policy to address stray dog issue.
The study result shows in the fixed region, in order to proceed TNR for stray dogs, it is necessary to:
1. Conduct people communication and education in the community to strengthen ownership, prohibit any non-planning feeding and perform safe interaction with animal.
2. Evaluate the collective behavior of the stray dogs locally, to draw up the optimized interaction mode with the dogs, ease down the concerns of public safety and consider ecological impact as well.
3. Well manage the feeding behavior by:
Feeding location where they gather as usual.
Food amount control, which directly influences dog quantity.
Feeding manner, which impacts relationship with the dogs.
In a word, well communication with the feeder can contribute success in TNR.
4. Evaluate the resources to proceed TNR. It has to be neutered for all the stray dogs, keep close observation, neuter for the newly dogs. If TNR happens in the large area, the neuter percentage has to be high enough to get the solid effectiveness.
Besides, it is important for the authority to understand and support TNR, because dog management needs to be done and cooperated by all the members in the school. Compared with the normal community, it is relatively simple. However, during TNR process, there are still many issues to be resolved. Especially, during coming out the consensus in the campus, it can help to make it more friendly and contribute more in animal welfare.