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Should dogs and cats be given as gifts?

By E. Weiss, E. D. Dolan, L. Garrison, J. Hong, M. Slater

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Policies that state dogs and cats should not be adopted as gifts are prevalent at animal welfare organizations, despite the fact that this belief is unfounded. Denying adopters who intend to give the animals as gifts may unnecessarily impede the overarching goal of increasing the rate of live-releases of dogs and cats from our nations' shelter system. The results of this brief survey show that receiving a dog or cat as a gift was neither significantly associated with impact on self-perceived love/attachment, nor was it associated with whether or not respondents still had the dog or cat in the home. The results from this survey add to a growing body of literature that suggests there is no increased risk of relinquishment for dogs and cats received as a gift.

Publication Title Animals
Volume 3
Issue 4
Pages 995-1001
ISBN/ISSN 2076-2615
DOI 10.3390/ani3040995
Language English
Author Address Shelter Research and Development, Community Outreach, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 3201 SW Winding Way, Palm City, FL 34990,
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animals
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Attachment behavior
  5. Canidae
  6. Canine
  7. Carnivores
  8. Cats
  9. Dogs
  10. Mammals
  11. peer-reviewed
  12. surveys
  13. vertebrates
  1. peer-reviewed