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Moving as a reason for pet relinquishment: a closer look

By E. R. Shore, C. L. Petersen, D. K. Douglas

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One of the most frequently given reasons for relinquishing a companion animal to an animal shelter is that the person or family is moving. Telephone interviews conducted between 1 February and 30 April 2002 with 57 caregivers who relinquished animal companions (dogs, cats, puppies and/or kittens) to a shelter in the midwestern USA covered details of the move, characteristics both of the caregivers and the animals and efforts to avoid relinquishment. A human-nonhuman animal bonding scale also was administered. It was shown that although some participants had additional reasons for relinquishment, the majority had given up their pets solely because they were moving. Most had relatively low income, were moving for employment reasons and were renting their homes. Landlord restrictions were an important factor in relinquishment. High scores on the bonding scale and spontaneous expressions of discomfort and sorrow suggest that external pressures overrode attachment to the animal and the pain of relinquishment.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 6
Issue 1
Pages 39-52
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1207/S15327604JAWS0601_04
Language English
Author Address Department of Psychology, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 67260-0034, USA.elsie.shore@wichita.edu
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  1. Animal rights
  2. Animals
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Attitudes
  5. Canidae
  6. Canine
  7. Carnivores
  8. Cats
  9. Developed countries
  10. Dogs
  11. Mammals
  12. North America
  13. OECD countries
  14. peer-reviewed
  15. Pets and companion animals
  16. resettlement
  17. shelters
  18. Social psychology and social anthropology
  19. surveys
  20. United States of America
  21. vertebrates
  22. young animals
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