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Strategies to Reduce the Euthanasia of Impounded Dogs and Cats Used by Councils in Victoria, Australia

By Jacquie Rand, Emily Lancaster, Georgina Inwood, Carolyn Cluderay, Linda Marston

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Euthanasia is used in developed countries as a method of population control for dogs and cats entering shelters and council pounds. This study analyzed all available dog and cat population, registration, intake and outcome data for the 79 Victorian councils. The majority (74%) of councils achieved euthanasia rates for dogs of ≤10%, but only one achieved that for cats, and mean cat euthanasia was 48%. Low euthanasia rates were associated with high rates of reclaim, and adoption of unclaimed animals. A telephone survey of 35 councils (44%) was undertaken to identify policies, practices and attitudes of staff to identify strategies that reduce euthanasia. It is envisaged this data could be used as a resource for councils to lower euthanasia rates.

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Katie Osborn

Publication Title Animals
Volume 8
Issue 7
ISBN/ISSN 2076-2615
Publisher Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/ani8070100
URL https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/8/7/100
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • Jacquie Rand; Emily Lancaster; Georgina Inwood; Carolyn Cluderay; Linda Marston (2018), "Strategies to Reduce the Euthanasia of Impounded Dogs and Cats Used by Councils in Victoria, Australia," http://habricentral.org/resources/62990.

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  1. Animal welfare
  2. Australia
  3. Cats
  4. council pound
  5. Dogs
  6. Euthanasia
  7. Mammals
  8. open access
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  2. peer-reviewed