Four adult stand in front of a blue building where paintings of dogs decorate the walls.

Melanie Gilbert and Melissa Palomo, Street Animal Welfare Education Programming in Nicaragua

Date grant awarded: November 8, 2016

While there is no definitive figure available, the worldwide dog population is estimated to exceed 770 million, with up to 75% being free roaming, making an approximate 577 million dogs stray. In Granada, Nicaragua, Melanie Gilbert and Melissa Palomo have created Street Animal Welfare Education Programming, a project intended to bring customized animal welfare education training alongside raising awareness and empowering communities to humanely manage their street animal population. Melanie and Melissa will conduct a needs assessment, arrange for meetings with key stakeholders and develop trainings to best create a sustainable, impactful program.