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.

author list (cited authors)

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

publication date

  • May 1978