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Factors Informing Outcomes for Older Cats and Dogs in Animal Shelters

By Sloane Hawes, Josephine Kerrigan, Kevin Morris

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Abstract

Historically, older cats and dogs have been particularly at-risk for euthanasia in animal shelters due to their lower perceived appeal for adoption. This study found that the condition at intake had the greatest impact on the outcomes of older cats and dogs. Additionally, the application of specialized veterinary care, such as orthopedic surgery or chronic disease maintenance, is discussed as factors that inform higher rates of live outcomes for these senior companion animals. These findings demonstrate that if shelters integrate practices that address the specific needs of ageing companion animals, the live outcomes for this population can increase.

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Katie Osborn

Publication Title Animals
Volume 8
Issue 3
ISBN/ISSN 2076-2615
Publisher Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/ani8030036
URL http://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/8/3/36
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • Sloane Hawes; Josephine Kerrigan; Kevin Morris (2018), "Factors Informing Outcomes for Older Cats and Dogs in Animal Shelters," http://habricentral.org/resources/62923.

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Tags
  1. Animal housing
  2. Animal shelters
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Cats
  5. Dogs
  6. Euthanasia
  7. Geriatrics
  8. Mammals
  9. open access
  10. peer-reviewed
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  2. peer-reviewed