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Changes Associated with Improved Outcomes for Cats Entering RSPCA Queensland Shelters from 2011 to 2016
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| Contributor(s):: Caroline Audrey Kerr, Jacquie Rand, John Murray Morton, Ronelle Reid, Mandy Paterson
The aim of this study was to identify changes that contributed to the markedly improved live release of cats in Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Queensland shelters by comparing data from 2011 and 2016. Admission numbers were similar in these two years. The number...
Post-Adoption Problem Behaviours in Adolescent and Adult Dogs Rehomed through a New Zealand Animal Shelter
| Contributor(s):: M. Carolyn Gates, Sarah Zito, Julia Thomas, Arnja Dale
Problem behaviours in dogs rehomed through animal shelters can jeopardise the long-term success of adoptions if not correctly managed. Data from 61 adolescent and adult dog adoptions that occurred through an animal shelter in Auckland, New Zealand, was analysed to identify the most common...
Factors Associated with High Live Release for Dogs at a Large, Open-Admission, Municipal Shelter
| Contributor(s):: Gary J. Patronek, Abbi Crowe
Better understanding of factors contributing to live release (rehoming) may help shelters improve outcomes. In this study, data were analyzed for all dogs (n = 21,409) admitted over a two-year period for the primary purpose of rehoming at a high-volume, open-intake municipal shelter performing...
Qualified "in shelter" dogs' evaluation and training to promote successful dog-human relationships
| Contributor(s):: Marilena Sticco, Roberto Trentini, Pia Lucidi
The phenomenon of dogs’ relinquishment in Italy has become a social evil, although many laws exist to regulate animal protection and lately, the act of abandonment has become criminalised (law n.189/2004, enforced by law n.201/2010). Adop tion fro m shelters seems t o be the only way to...
Declawing has no effect on biting behavior but does affect adoption outcomes for domestic cats in an animal shelter
| Contributor(s):: Saethra Jade Fritscher, James Ha
Opponents of declawing contend that it causes behavioral problems, whereas others, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, state that because destructive scratching is a risk factor for relinquishment and euthanasia, declawing is a reasonable alternative. If declawing causes...
Adoption and relinquishment interventions at the animal shelter: a review
| Contributor(s):: A. Protopopova, L.M. Gunter
The place of the dog in the family: a comparative case study of dog adoption
| Contributor(s):: Garcia, A. C.
This paper explores how perspectives on the appropriate place of the dog in the family shape the practice and experience of dog adoption. This research is based on a comparative case study of a traditional shelter and an independent animal rescue organization. The data were collected through...
Estimating the Availability of Potential Homes for Unwanted Horses in the United States
| Contributor(s):: Emily Weiss, Emily D Dolan, Heather Mohan-Gibbons, Shannon Gramann, Margaret R Slater
There are approximately 200,000 unwanted horses annually in the United States. This study aimed to better understand the potential homes for horses that need to be re-homed. Using an independent survey company through an Omnibus telephone (land and cell) survey, we interviewed a nationally...
Identifying people's most preferred management technique for feral cats in Hawaii
| Contributor(s):: Lohr, Cheryl A., Lepczyk, Christopher A., Cox, Linda J.
Cats abandonment versus adoptionAbandono de gatos versus adocao
| Contributor(s):: Pinheiro, A. G., Alves, N. D., Andrade Neto, D., Lima, J. L. A. de, Rodrigues, A. M. B., Silva, F. B.
This study was conducted to determine the pattern and factors affecting of cat abandonment and adoption in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil [date not given]. It was shown that most of the respondents' cats were abandoned prior to being adopted. Other cats were obtained as gifts, purchased or adopted...
Determinants of cat choice and outcomes for adult cats and kittens adopted from an Australian animal shelter
| Contributor(s):: Zito, S., Paterson, M., Vankan, D., Morton, J., Bennett, P., Phillips, C.
The percentage of adult cats euthanized in animal shelters is greater than that of kittens because adult cats are less likely to be adopted. This study aimed to provide evidence to inform the design of strategies to encourage adult cat adoptions. One such strategy is to discount adoption prices,...
Reaching down and finding humanity: military personnel's experiences of adopting dogs while on deployment
| Contributor(s):: Taylor, M. F., Pooley, J. A., Edwards, M.
It is conservatively estimated that 12% of all American soldiers who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan fields of engagement have returned home with psychological problems. Research that investigates the psychological underpinnings of these problems is pertinent to meeting the mental health needs...
Understanding animal companion surplus in the United States: relinquishment of nonadoptables to animal shelters for euthanasia
| Contributor(s):: Kass, P. H., New, J. C., Jr., Scarlett, J. M., Salman, M. D.
Relinquishing a nonhuman animal to a shelter is a complex decision that, it is often believed, ultimately may represent a breakdown of the human-animal bond. The result of such a breakdown is an animal companion surplus in the United States, which is no better evidenced than by the statistics...
Prediction of adoption versus euthanasia among dogs and cats in a California animal shelter
| Contributor(s):: Lepper, M., Kass, P. H., Hart, L. A.
The purpose of this retrospective cohort study was to investigate the determinants of adoption for cats and dogs from a large municipal animal shelter. The subjects were 4813 cats and 3301 dogs impounded by the Sacramento County Department of Animal Care and Regulation and offered for adoption...
The bond that never developed: adoption and relinquishment of dogs in a rescue shelter
| Contributor(s):: Mondelli, F., Previde, E. P., Verga, M., Levi, D., Magistrelli, S., Valsecchi, P.
This study carried out a survey in an Italian shelter to analyze adoptions resulting in the rejection of the newly adopted dog. The results of this study show that the number of dogs adopted and returned was stable during the study, that more females than males were adopted, and that males were...
Companion animal adoption study
| Contributor(s):: Neidhart, L., Boyd, R.
To better understand the outcomes of companion animal adoptions, Bardsley & Neidhart Inc. conducted a series of 3 surveys over a 1-year period with dog and cat owners who had adopted their pet through either a: (1) Luv-A-Pet location, (2) Adopt-a-thon, or (3) traditional shelter. This article...
Returning a recently adopted companion animal: adopters' reasons for and reactions to the failed adoption experience
| Contributor(s):: Shore, E. R.
The return of a recently adopted companion animal places the nonhuman animal in jeopardy and may be painful and frustrating to the humans involved. However, if returners learn from the failed adoption experience, future adoptions may be more satisfactory for all concerned. In this study, 78...
Comparison of adoption agency breed identification and DNA breed identification of dogs
| Contributor(s):: Voith, V. L., Ingram, E., Mitsouras, K., Irizarry, K.
Governmental and other agencies may require dog caregivers (owners) to provide breed identification of their dogs. This study compares breed identification by adoption agencies with identification by DNA analysis in 20 dogs of unknown parentage. Of the 20 dogs who had been adopted from 17...
What do people want? Factors people consider when acquiring dogs, the complexity of the choices they make, and implications for nonhuman animal relocation programs
| Contributor(s):: Garrison, L., Weiss, E.
A survey was conducted to assess decisions people make when acquiring dogs, including what sources they consider, the importance of the variety of dogs available, and their willingness to travel to adopt dogs of their choice. A conjoint design was used to ask each respondent to rate his or her...
Cooling out the mark in companion animal adoption
| Contributor(s):: Thompson, C. Y., Young, R. L.
This research examines conflict resolution in the companion animal adoption process. Such adoptions typically occur in public settings where volunteers (1) advise potential adopters about the physical, emotional, and environmental needs of companion animals; (2) evaluate adopters and the...