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Effect of adopters' lifestyles and animal-care knowledge on their expectations prior to companion-animal guardianship

By R. O'Connor, J. B. Coe, L. Niel, A. Jones-Bitton

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Human expectations can greatly affect the human-companion animal relationship, sometimes putting nonhuman animals at risk for relinquishment. At 20 animal shelters in Southern Ontario, Canada, potential adopters ( N=234) completed a questionnaire regarding their lifestyle, companion animal-care knowledge, and preadoption expectations of their adopted companion animals. Linear mixed models were used to assess the associations of adopters' lifestyles and companion animal-care knowledge with their expectations for animal behavior, the human-companion animal relationship, and the effort required in companion-animal guardianship. Dog adopters had higher expectations than cat adopters for their companion animal's behavior ( p

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 19
Issue 2
Pages 157-170
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
DOI 10.1080/10888705.2015.1125295
Language English
Author Address Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, 50 Stone Road East, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1, Canada.roconnor@uoguelph.ca
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal housing
  3. Animals
  4. Animal welfare
  5. APEC countries
  6. Canada
  7. Commonwealth of Nations
  8. Developed countries
  9. Lifestyle
  10. models
  11. North America
  12. OECD countries
  13. peer-reviewed
  14. Pets and companion animals
  15. Questionnaires
  16. shelters
  17. United States of America
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