Care of dogs and attitudes of dog owners in Port-au-Prince, the Republic of Haiti

J Appl Anim Welf Sci. 2012;15(3):236-53. doi: 10.1080/10888705.2012.683760.


This article reports the first known study on dogs in Port-au-Prince. Interviews with 1,290 residents provided information on 1,804 dogs. More than 57.7% of homes kept dogs. Not all the dogs received vaccinations for rabies (41.6%), even though 28.2% of households had had a household member bitten by a dog. Although the "owned" dog population had decreased as a result of the earthquake in January 2010, the number of roaming dogs appeared to have been uninfluenced by the disaster. Given that 64.8% of dogs probably had access to the street and only 6.0% of the females were spayed, to humanely contain the dog population will require both confinement and neutering. Although roaming dogs were considered a nuisance by 63.3% of respondents, 42.6% of households fed dogs they did not own.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animal Welfare* / statistics & numerical data
  • Animals
  • Attitude
  • Bites and Stings / epidemiology
  • Data Collection
  • Disasters
  • Dogs*
  • Earthquakes
  • Female
  • Haiti
  • Male
  • Pets*
  • Rabies / prevention & control
  • Rabies / veterinary