Estimating dog and cat populations in an urban area Academic Article uri icon


  • In 1975, a profile of the animal population (primarily dogs and cats) in Garland, Texas was established. Estimates of the owned animal population were established by use of a questionnaire and records of the municipal animal control unit. A photographic trapping technique was used to estimate the stray and straying population. In 1975, the city of Garland had a human population of 119 000 and an estimated animal population of approximately 43 700, or 1 animal to 2.7 persons. Included in the estimate for Garland were approximately 33 700 dogs and 10 000 cats. Twelve to 15% of these were assumed to be free-ranging unowned animals. It was estimated that the number of unowned dogs in Garland will double by 1980 if no changes are made in the present animal control program. 1978.

published proceedings

  • Animal Regulation Studies

author list (cited authors)

  • Heussner, J. C., Flowers, A. I., Williams, J. D., & Silvy, N. J.

complete list of authors

  • Heussner, JC||Flowers, AI||Williams, JD||Silvy, NJ

publication date

  • May 1978