New study will help determine stray animal numbers

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Pima County is helping implementa new program that will help reduce the number of homeless pets within thecounty.

University of Arizonastudents and the Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare will be working together toget a bigger picture of the homeless pet situation in Pima County.

It is all thanks to a $1200grant from the Petfinder Foundation. Right now statistics between localshelters are not cohesive.

This new study aims tocombine those statistics to figure out how many stray pets are actually inTucson.  It will also show which zip codesthese pets are coming from.  Once numbersare processed, the information will be used to help determine whichneighborhoods with the highest numbers, would benefit from a spay/neuterprogram.

Students will also come upwith a plan to reduce the number of stray animals that are entering shelters.

The students are with U ofA's Eller College of Management and they are expected to have the studycomplete by the beginning of December.

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