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Large dog relinquishment to two municipal facilities in New York City and Washington, D.C.: identifying targets for intervention

By E. Weiss, M. Slater, L. Garrison, N. Drain, E. Dolan, J. M. Scarlett, S. L. Zawistowski

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While the overall trend in euthanasia has been decreasing nationally, large dogs are at a higher risk of euthanasia than other sized dogs in most animal shelters in the United States. We hypothesized one way to increase the lives saved with respect to these large dogs is to keep them home when possible. In order to develop solutions to decrease relinquishment, a survey was developed to learn more about the reasons owners relinquish large dogs. The survey was administered to owners relinquishing their dogs at two large municipal facilities, one in New York City and one in Washington, D.C. There were 157 responses between the two facilities. We found both significant similarities and differences between respondents and their dogs from the two cities. We identified opportunities to potentially support future relinquishers and found that targets for interventions are likely different in each community.

Publication Title Animals
Volume 4
Issue 3
Pages 409-433
ISBN/ISSN 2076-2615
DOI 10.3390/ani4030409
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, USA.margaret.slater@aspca.org laurie.garrison@aspca.org natasha.drain@aspca.org emily.dolan@aspca.org jms15@cornell.edu stephen.zawistowski@aspca.org emily.weiss@aspca.org
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  1. Animals
  2. APEC countries
  3. Canidae
  4. Canine
  5. Carnivores
  6. Developed countries
  7. Dogs
  8. Euthanasia
  9. Infections
  10. Mammals
  11. New York
  12. North America
  13. OECD countries
  14. peer-reviewed
  15. risk
  16. shelters
  17. United States of America
  18. vertebrates
  19. Washington
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