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Animal Assistance Foundation

May 10, 2011

Arkansas River Valley Project

The Animal Assistance Foundation (AAF) is a foundation that is committed to improving animal welfare throughout the state of Colorado. It was founded in 1975 by Louise C. Harrison, who was a grandchild of Adolph Coors. She was an animal advocate that was committed to stopping animal cruelty. Through the AAF Louise’s dream of taking care of animals is still alive today.

Luckily, my fellow classmates and I we were given the opportunity to take part in the AAF’s Arkansas River Valley Project. For this project, AAF”s hypothesis was the more animals spayed and neutered in our community the less feral animals there would be. In order to test this hypothesis, AAF collected data regarding the amount of feral cats and dogs in our community. Then they gave out vouchers to get your animal spayed or neutered and then afterwards asked us to collect data regarding the amount of feral cats and dogs in our community. In order to keep track we were asked to record our data on indexing forms that were given to us. To complete the forms we had to pick four dates in which we would take a thirty minute walk on the same route at the same time of day. During our walk we were asked to observe and record the animals we spotted. As soon as we finished of our data collection we were asked to return the forms back to the AAF so they could examine the data.

My DATA collection:

#1

Date: 4-26-11

Start Time: 6:30 pm. End Time: 7:00 pm.

Location: La Junta, Colorado  3rd Street/San Juan

Cat/Dog Sightings-

Cat- Owned:0  Feral:3 Unknown:1

Dog- Owned:8 Feral:0 Unknown:0

Other animals sighted-

Squirrel:2

#2

Date: 4-28-11

Start Time: 6:30 pm. End Time: 7:00 pm.

Location: La Junta, Colorado  3rd Street/San Juan

Cat/Dog Sightings-

Cat- Owned:0  Feral:4  Unknown:0

Dog- Owned:8 Feral:0 Unknown:0

Other animals sighted-

Squirrel:.3

#3

Date: 5-2-11

Start Time: 6:30 pm. End Time: 7:00 pm.

Location: La Junta, Colorado  3rd Street/San Juan

Cat/Dog Sightings-

Cat- Owned:0  Feral:4  Unknown:1

Dog- Owned:9 Feral:0 Unknown:0

Other animals sighted-

Squirrel:1

#4

Date: 5-3-11

Start Time: 6:30 pm. End Time: 7:00 pm.

Location: La Junta, Colorado  3rd Street/San Juan

Cat/Dog Sightings-

Cat- Owned:0  Feral:2  Unknown:1

Dog- Owned:8 Feral:0 Unknown:0

Other animals sighted-

Squirrel:1

Picture of Route:

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Conclusion: 

Although we are unable to prove the AAF’s hypothesis at this time due to lack of data at the beginning of the project we are still able to examine the data I collected. My data showed that on the route I took there are zero feral dogs, which is excellent news. This shows that the dogs in my community are well taken care of and are not over populating. However, most of the cats I spotted were feral, but luckily I didn’t see huge numbers of cats. Four feral cats per ten blocks walked isn’t that terrible. I am guessing that that is a smaller number of feral cats than at the start of this project. Hopefully citizens in my community will continue to get their animals spayed or neutered so we can eventually eliminate all feral animals in my community.

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