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Goodbye to a Good Friend: An Exploration of the Re-Homing of Cats and Dogs in the U.S.

By Emily Weiss, Shannon Gramann, C. Victor Spain, Margaret Slater

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Abstract

When dogs and cats are not retained in a home, they are re-homed to somewhere, and while there is a collection of research around relinquishment to shelters, little is known about the general re-homing picture. A cross sectional random digit dial survey was conducted with an aim to learn more about who is re-homing, where they are re-homing and why they are re-homing owned dogs and cats in the US. We found the prevalence of re-homing in five years at 6% making for an estimated 6.12 million household re-homing pets every five years. Pets were most likely to be re-homed by being given to a friend or family member (37%) closely followed by being taken to a shelter. Those who re-homed due to a reason related to the pet as opposed to reasons such as family issues were more likely to re-home to a shelter. For respondents who rented, housing reasons were the number one reason for re-homing, and for respondents of lower income, they were significantly more likely to re-home due to cost and housing issues as opposed to pet related issues. We conclude that some reasons for re-homing are not easily modified and humane re-homing is the best option, but that there are many areas in which intervention and prevention programs may increase retention.

Submitter

Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Publication Title Open Journal of Animal Sciences
Volume 5
Issue 4
Pages 435-456
ISBN/ISSN 2161-7597
DOI 10.4236/ojas.2015.54046
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  • Emily Weiss; Shannon Gramann; C. Victor Spain; Margaret Slater (2018), "Goodbye to a Good Friend: An Exploration of the Re-Homing of Cats and Dogs in the U.S.," http://habricentral.org/resources/62758.

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  1. Animal roles
  2. Animal shelters
  3. Cats
  4. Dogs
  5. Mammals
  6. open access
  7. Pet ownership
  8. Pets and companion animals
  9. Rehome
  10. relinquishment
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