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Why did you choose this pet?: Adopters and pet selection preferences in five animal shelters in the United States
Contributor(s):: Emily Weiss, Katherine Miller, Heather Mohan-Gibbons, Carla Vela
Responses from an adopter survey (n = 1,491) determined reasons for pet selection, type of information received by the adopter, and the context in which the animal’s behavior was observed. Appearance of the animal, social behavior with adopter, and personality were the top reasons for adoption...
Paws in Prison
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A prison based dog training program at Hawkins Center for Women is helping prisoners, dogs and their future adoptive families. Read more about the program here:...
Pets in the family: An evolutionary perspective
Contributor(s):: Serpell, James A., Paul, Elizabeth S.
We all need our tails to lean on. An analysis of a latency-age girl with a gender identity disorder
Contributor(s):: Blumenthal, E.
Determining factors for successful adoption of dogs from an animal shelter
Contributor(s):: Posage, J. M., Bartlett, P. C., Thomas, D. K.
Disposition of Shelter Companion Animals from Nonhuman Animal Control Officers, Citizen Finders, and Relinquished by Caregivers
Many private not-for-profit humane societies have contracts with their local government entities to provide nonhuman animal control services that the law commonly requires the government to provide to its residents. These services normally have the humane organization providing either the total...
Health and behavior problems in dogs and cats one week and one month after adoption from animal shelters
| Contributor(s):: Lord, L. K., Reider, L., Herron, M. E., Graszak, K.
Development aid: the moral obligation to innovation
| Contributor(s):: Dundon, S. J.
The prominent, though not exclusive, role of basic needs strategies to attain ethically acceptable development goals raises the question of the ability of development agencies to find and employ basic needs strategies. The obligation to prevent severe human suffering leads to the obligation to...
Technology and ethics in agriculture
| Contributor(s):: Daniel, P.
Using technological changes in wheat harvest, the formation and transformation of the cotton culture, the impact of the Green Revolution in Malaya, and genetic engineering as examples, this article explores the positive and negative impacts of science and technology applied to agriculture. The...
The value content of agricultural technologies and their effect on rural regions and farmers
| Contributor(s):: Dahlberg, K. A.
It is argued that technologies are not neutral in terms of their design objectives, their scale, and the fact that they reflect the physical and social environments in which they have developed. Specific agricultural technologies, the midwestern plough, the California tomato harvester, and...
Relinquishing dog owners' ability to predict behavioural problems in shelter dogs post adoption
| Contributor(s):: Stephen, J., Ledger, R.
The aim of this paper is to investigate whether relinquishing owners' reports of their dogs' behaviour corresponds with how these dogs behave in their new homes 2 and 6 weeks post-adoption. In this longitudinal study, information on dog behaviour was collected using a 20-item questionnaire. The...
Intercat aggression in households following the introduction of a new cat
| Contributor(s):: Levine, E., Perry, P., Scarlett, J., Houpt, K. A.
A 62 question survey was mailed to 375 individuals who adopted a cat from a local animal shelter. The goals of the survey were to identify the incidence of intercat aggression when a new cat was introduced into a household, identify potential risk factors associated with intercat aggression...
Adopting shelter dogs: owner experiences of the first month post-adoption
| Contributor(s):: Marston, L. C., Bennett, P. C., Coleman, G. J.
A number of studies have examined factors associated with the relinquishment of pet dogs to animal welfare shelters. In Australia, however, there has been little investigation of new owners' experiences when they subsequently adopt one of these dogs. To address this, telephone interviews were...
Animal adoption as negotiated order: a comparison of open versus traditional shelter approaches
| Contributor(s):: Balcom, S., Arluke, A.
Recently, the sheltering community has begun to reevaluate its adoption policies and the attitudes that shelter workers have towards adopters. Some shelters are now implementing what have been termed "open" adoptions as a way of increasing the number of animals adopted into good homes, moving...
Some factors influencing adoption of sheltered dogs
| Contributor(s):: Normando, S., Stefanini, C., Meers, L., Adamelli, S., Coultis, D., Bono, G.
In Italy the law forbids euthanizing shelter dogs unless they are severely ill or dangerous. This has created a problem: many dogs are housed for long periods of time in shelters. It is important to the welfare of these dogs for us to find methods to increase successful adoption rates. The aim of...
Validation of a temperament test for domestic cats
| Contributor(s):: Siegford, J. M., Walshaw, S. O., Brunner, P., Zanella, A. J.
Cats are popular companion animals, particularly in Europe and North America, and appear in correspondingly large numbers in animal shelters. Temperament tests are not widely used to assess cats before adoption from shelters. However, cats exhibit a wide range of temperaments as do the families...
Use of geospatial neighborhood control locations for epidemiological analysis of community-level pet adoption patterns
| Contributor(s):: Patronek, G. J.