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  1. Qualified "in shelter" dogs' evaluation and training to promote successful dog-human relationships

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    | 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...

  2. Evaluation of a behavioral assessment tool for dogs relinquished to shelters

    | Contributor(s):: DL Duffy, KA Kruger, James A. Serpell

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

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    | Contributor(s):: Emily Weiss, Shannon Gramann, C. Victor Spain, Margaret Slater

    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...

  4. 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...

  5. No better than flipping a coin: Reconsidering canine behavior evaluations in animal shelters

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    | Contributor(s):: Gary J. Patronek, Janis Bradley

    Use of behavior evaluations for shelter dogs has progressed despite their lack of scientific validation as reliable diagnostic tools. Yet results of these evaluations are often used to make life-and-death decisions. Despite acknowledging the significant limitations of evaluations, most authors...

  6. Safewalk: Improving Enrichment and Adoption Rates for Shelter Dogs by Changing Human Behavior

    | Contributor(s):: Terri M. Bright, Louise Hadden

    Shelter dogs are typically cared for by staff and volunteers. At the Boston location of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, prior to 2009, any member of the public who was older than 16 years of age and attended 1 orientation could walk dogs available for...

  7. No Dog Left Behind: A Hedonic Pricing Model for Animal Shelters

    | Contributor(s):: Laura A. Reese, Mark Skidmore, William Dyar, Erika Rosebrook

    Companion animal overpopulation is a growing problem in the United States. In addition to strays, an average of 324,500 nonhuman animals are relinquished to shelters yearly by their caregivers due to family disruption (divorce, death), foreclosure, economic problems, or minor behavioral issues....

  8. Impacts of Encouraging Dog Walking on Returns of Newly Adopted Dogs to a Shelter

    | Contributor(s):: Lisa Gunter, Alexandra Protopopova, Steven P. Hooker, Cheryl Der Ananian, Clive DL Wynne

    This study involved examining the ability of a postadoption intervention to reduce returns of newly adopted dogs to shelters by encouraging physical activity between adopters and their dogs. Guardians in the intervention group received emails with dog behavior and human activity advice as well...

  9. Adoption and relinquishment interventions at the animal shelter: a review

    | Contributor(s):: A. Protopopova, L.M. Gunter

  10. Behind the Scenes

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    | Contributor(s):: Frania Shelley-Grielen

    In the first of a four-part article, Frania Shelley-Grielen addresses the lack of regulation in the pet care and services industry, and wonders how standards can be improved for pets and their ownersAmericans love pets. We love them so much that most of us, or 68 percent of us, live with...

  11. So You Have A Dog?

    | Contributor(s):: Donald Irwin Craig

      So You Have a Dog? © Donald I. Craig, Jr., 2014 “We have had civilizations without horses and even civilizations without the wheel, but never civilizations without dogs.  No dogs, no humanity.” – Piero Scanziani, Italian...

  12. A Comparison of Cats (Felis silvestris catus) Housed in Groups and Single Cages at a Shelter: A Retrospective Matched Cohort Study

    | Contributor(s):: Malini Suchak, Jacalyn Lamica

    When cats are relinquished to shelters, they frequently experience a great deal of stress. Shelters often try to control certain aspects of their environment, such as housing, to help them relax. Some cats are placed in small group rooms upon entry, whereas others are placed in single cages....

  13. The Impact of Excluding Food Guarding from a Standardized Behavioral Canine Assessment in Animal Shelters

    | Contributor(s):: Heather Mohan-Gibbons, Emily D Dolan, Pamela Reid, Margaret R Slater, Hugh Mulligan, Emily Weiss

    Many shelters euthanize or restrict adoptions for dogs that exhibit food guarding while in the animal shelter. However, previous research showed that only half the dogs exhibiting food guarding during an assessment food guard in the home. So, dogs are often misidentified as future food guarders...

  14. Surrenderers' Relationships with Cats Admitted to Four Australian Animal Shelters

    | Contributor(s):: Sarah Zito, Mandy Paterson, John Morton, Di Vankan, Pauleen Bennett, Jacquie Rand, Clive J.C. Phillips

    The surrender of cats to animal shelters results in financial, social and moral burdens for the community. Correlations of caretaking and interactions with surrendered cats were calculated, to understand more about humans’ relationships with surrendered cats and the contribution of...

  15. A Case Study in Citizen Science: The Effectiveness of a Trap-Neuter-Return Program in a Chicago Neighborhood

    | Contributor(s):: Daniel D. Spehar, Peter J. Wolf

    The use of trap-neuter-return (TNR) as a method of managing free-roaming cat populations has increased in the United States in recent decades. Historically, TNR has been conducted most often at a grassroots level, which has led to inconsistent data collection and assessment practices....

  16. Attitudes of Veterinary Teaching Staff and Exposure of Veterinary Students to Early-Age Desexing, with Review of Current Early-Age Desexing Literature

    | Contributor(s):: Alannah Jupe, Jacquie Rand, John Morton, Sophie Fleming

    Approximately 50% of cats admitted to Australian shelters are kittens, and 26% of dogs are puppies, and, particularly for cats, euthanasia rates are often high. Cats can be pregnant by 4 months of age, yet the traditional desexing age is 5–6 months, and studies in Australasia and Nth...

  17. PAWS Shelter of Central Texas' Canines Who Care Program

    Do you know a group of people in need of some cuddly companionship? Meet our Canines Who Care! This wonderful team of dogs, and their handlers, are on a mission to make you smile. If you’re interested in having one of our Canines Who Care team members visit your organization or if you can...

  18. Using Free Adoptions to Reduce Crowding and Euthanasia at Cat Shelters: An Australian Case Study

    | Contributor(s):: Heather M. Crawford, Joseph B. Fontaine, Michael C. Calver

    Many healthy adult cats are euthanised annually in shelters, and novel approaches are required to reduce euthanasia rates. Waiving adoption fees is one such approach. However, concerns that less responsible owners will be attracted to free events persist among welfare groups. We evaluated...

  19. Characteristics and Outcomes of Dogs Admitted into Queensland RSPCA Shelters

    | Contributor(s):: Megan Hemy, Jacquie Rand, John Morton, Mandy Paterson

    Over 200,000 stray and surrendered dogs are admitted to shelters and municipal facilities in Australia each year, and approximately 20% are euthanized. Contemporary, comprehensive data on the characteristics and outcomes of dogs entering shelters are required to reduce shelter admissions and...

  20. Stated Preferences for Dog Characteristics and Sources of Acquisition

    | Contributor(s):: Courtney Bir, Nicole J. Olynk Widmar, Candace C. Croney

    People’s preferences for where they acquire dogs and the characteristics they focus on may provide insight into their perceptions of socially responsible pet ownership, as acquiring a dog is the first step in dog ownership. An online survey of 1523 U.S. residents was used to aid...