shrug-l: FW: stray animals in Chile

Nonie Castro nonie_castro at
Tue Sep 25 13:45:11 EDT 2007

I can't speak for the original poster, but having worked in an animal
shelter myself - I can say that it is difficult to get people interested
in helping animals for the animals sake alone. However - if you can
demonstrate an advantage to HUMANS, then you can get your buy in.

I think Bruce is trying to find out by using GIS if there is an impact
on humans, and if so - what is that impact? Is it disease? Is animal
control costing the municipality money that could be better invested in
education and spay/neuter programs? How does geography play a part? Or
does it? I am assuming that he is still in the fact finding stage of his
quest, and is looking for ideas. 

For instance - part of my work for the SPCA here was collecting
addresses where animals came from going into the shelter system. This
allowed us to target neighborhoods that would benefit the most from
education and low-cost spay and neuter assistance. I am inferring from
his email that the shelter system isn't even built yet, or is inadequate
- so I doubt my project would help him. 

Thank you,
Nonie Castro
GIS Specialist
Cox Target Media

-----Original Message-----
From: David.Burns at [mailto:David.Burns at] 
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 12:15 PM
To: Nonie Castro
Subject: Re: shrug-l: FW: stray animals in Chile

Hi Nonie,

Your question intrigued me as well.  Could you be more specific in what
you mean  by the "human impact of the homeless animal problem."  Are you
suggesting that homeless animals are a disease carrying nuisance?  Or
are you trying to show the monetary impact of homeless animals?  I think
clarification may solicit more favorable responses!


--Dave Burns

David Burns
Surveying & Mapping Specialist
Florida Department of Transportation
Surveying & Mapping Office
1211 Governor's Square Boulevard
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 245-1517
FAX (850) 245-1556
David.Burns at

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