Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Our Research Justification (Draft 2)

Research Title: Adoption of Stray Dogs in Singapore: Public’s Attitude, Perceptions and their Implications

1. Framing our research topic
Our chosen area of research is “Adoption of Stray Dogs in Singapore: Public’s Attitude, Perceptions and their Implications”. We have chosen this topic as many dogs are left on the streets by irresponsible owners. This way, many strays appear on the road, and other residents will call SPCA or AVA, and after a while, if no one comes to claim the dog, the dog will be put to sleep due to lack of space.
Dogs are said to be man’s best friend. However, everyone likes different kind of dogs. How about stray dogs? Are they still man’s best friend or are they just discarded creatures?
Dog owners might think that they are still Man’s best friend, but does our actions show that? In our opinion, no. Dogs are now adopted by people who find them cute, then discard them when they feel like it or when the dogs are old, sick, or too big for their liking. They have no sense of responsibility or conscience.
Many of the stray dogs end up in SPCA or AVA, and after a while, if no one claims the dog, they will put them to sleep.

2. Reasons for choice of topic
a) We have chosen this topic to understand the public’s attitude and perceptions towards stray dogs.
b) We would like to reduce the number of cases of abandoned dogs on the streets, as well as to encourage Singaporeans to adopt stray dogs.

3. Feasibility of the research
There is a need for our research, as the number of abandoned dogs have increased over the years, resulting in a shortage in space in SPCA. As a result of the public’s refusal to adopt them, some dogs are put to sleep after a certain time in SPCA. There are many welfare groups in Singapore and it allows the team to collect data from them, and that will strengthen our research studies. However, for every research, there would be challenges. We anticipate that we will have difficulty interviewing the welfare groups, as we need to squeeze out time to go visit them.

4. Manageability of the research
The timeline for the different components of the project will be decided later based on the situation then. But overall, the project will be done as quickly and carefully as we can, trying our best not to go out of point and staying as close to the topic as possible.
This research provides sufficient opportunity for group work as we will need to discuss a lot of matters regarding the project, for example who will be assigned to do what component of the project and we will have to work together.
We do anticipate some difficulties along the way, such as poor communication among the group members and lack of interviewees. We intend to cope with these difficulties by trying to ask our parents to introduce us their colleagues who own dogs to let us interview them. We will also have to create different questions for different people who we interview, so as not to anger the other party.

5. Accessibility of the information required
We will go to animal shelters’ websites to look up for information of abandoned dogs, rescued dogs and dogs up for adoption, and interview welfare volunteers.

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