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Report by Luis Ricardo Rodriguez

The understanding of interactions and behaviors between humans and dogs are of long-standing scientific interest. Traditionally, collecting purposeful data on the interactions and behaviors of humans and dogs was difficult and time consuming with limited scientific progress. The recent advances in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology have now provided organizations the capacity to overcome these barriers to easily capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage and share spatial or geographic information. This unique GIS capability allows organizations to reveal deeper insights into their data, discover patterns, relationships, create business workflow efficiencies and help make smarter and more informed business decisions.

This study attempted to use GIS technology to improve the animal rescue business workflow within the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Monterey County’s (SPCAMC) Salinas Valley State Prison Animal Program. The goal was to monitor the adoption, location, and recidivism of adopted dogs who successfully graduated through the Salinas Valley State Prison Animal Program. The auxiliary benefit was to monitor the recidivism of the incarcerated human dog trainer once they were paroled. Despite efforts made in communicating, collaborating, and coordinating strategies and plans towards the use of GIS technology within the SPCAMC Salinas Valley State Prison Animal Program, all efforts failed for a variety of reasons.

Despite this failure, there remain potential synergies in converging GIS technologies within animal rescue business workflows. As such, the understaffed and routinely economically neglected City of Salinas Animal Services (CSAS) organization has shown interest in the use of GIS technologies within their animal rescue business workflow of capturing stray animals. The planned future goal of that study is to digitize the existing CSAS Salinas Police Beats map currently used for navigation and to implement ESRI Collector for ArcGIS to capture locations of stray animals.

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