HOUSTON (FOX 26) - "We're in a town that is built with rocket scientists," said Tom McPhee with the non-profit group World Animal Awareness Society. "Stray dogs aren't rocket science, so we should fix this."
McPhee and his group are in Houston doing something that's never been done before. Meticulously counting the number of stray and homeless dogs here.
"Truly identify what those numbers are, where the hot spots are," McPhee said.
Numbers have been bantered around for years, but this is the first time so much effort has been spent counting strays in our city.
The non-profit World Animal Awareness Society began surveying Houston's homeless dog population back in 2015.
They are using OSM and GPS trackers and even drones to count dogs.
"For us it's about trying to understand what that number represents," McPhee said. "What's the positive what's the negative and what can we suggest or what's being suggested from the data the interventions to take place here."
McPhee says what needs to be done to address the stray problem could vary from community to community.
The work the non-profit is doing here in Houston will also be part of a documentary called "American Strays a Tale of Animal Warfare".
By the time their work is over here, the society says it hopes to save 1,000 animals either through rescue or educating owners.
"Those strays that we come across that are in peril that we've identified that actually don't belong to anybody or community we're going to immediately get them help," said McPhee.
The World Animal Awareness Society plans to release its findings in November.