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  1. Therapy Dogs Nationwide

    Contributor(s):: Katie Osborn

    TDN came into being early in 2016 and is managed entirely by volunteers.Our volunteers have the unique privilege of volunteering with their own temperament tested Therapy Dogs; some with over 10 years experience and always focused on caring for people in the community. Using animals...

  2. " The different story of one cat | Vladislav Zlatinov | TEDxNBU"

    Contributor(s):: Vladislav Zlatinov

  3. Cats and Dogs: The Development of the Household Pet through Symbolic Interpretations and Social Practices in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

    Contributor(s):: Lindsey Nicole Blair, Christopher Roy (adviser)

    Cats and dogs are perhaps the most ubiquitous and consistently represented animals throughout documented human history. Forms of the respective species have roamed the earth for millions of years; however, cats and dogs have held different societal positions ranging from exalted deities to...

  4. 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...

  5. An Examination of an Iconic Trap-Neuter-Return Program: The Newburyport, Massachusetts Case Study

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

    Local communities in the United States are commonly responsible for selecting the most appropriate method of managing free-roaming cats. Lethal management has been widely utilized for generations, but the use of trap–neuter–return (TNR) has grown in recent decades. Despite expanded...

  6. VetCompass Australia: A National Big Data Collection System for Veterinary Science

    Contributor(s):: Paul McGreevy, Peter Thomson, Navneet K. Dhand, David Raubenheimer, Sophie Masters, Caroline S. Mansfield, Timothy Baldwin, Ricardo J. Soares Magalhaes, Jacquie Rand, Peter Hill, Anne Peaston, James Gilkerson, Martin Combs, Shane Raidal, Peter Irwin, Peter Irons, Richard Squires, David Brodbelt, Jeremy Hammond

    VetCompass Australia is veterinary medical records-based research coordinated with the global VetCompass endeavor to maximize its quality and effectiveness for Australian companion animals (cats, dogs, and horses). Bringing together all seven Australian veterinary schools, it is the first...

  7. Depression, loneliness, and pet attachment in homebound older adult cat and dog owners

    Contributor(s):: Sandy M. Branson, Lisa Boss, Stanley Cron, Dennis C. Turner

    Background: Companion animals may reduce depression and loneliness in socially isolated homebound older adults. However, whether owning a cat or dog is more beneficial in this population remains unknown.Materials and Methods: Pet attachment and the levels of depressive symptoms and loneliness...

  8. The journey of saving strays | Kiran Maheen | TEDxFASTLahore

     Kiran Maheen talks about her journey and efforts to look after the largely ignored stray animals. Ms. Kiran is the founder of Todd’s Welfare Society (TWS), an animal rescue and rehabilitation NGO. TWS has rescued over 80 dogs, cats and donkeys till date and have assisted in 40...

  9. Potential Role of Pet Cats As a Sentinel Species for Human Exposure to Flame Retardants

    Contributor(s):: Luis A. Henríquez-Hernández, Elena Carretón, María Camacho, José Alberto Montoya-Alonso, Luis D. Boada, Verónica Bernal Martín, Yaiza Falcón Cordón, Soraya Falcón Cordón, Manuel Zumbado, Octavio P. Luzardo

    Flame retardants are a wide group of chemicals used by the industry to avoid combustion of materials. These substances are commonly found in plastics, electronic equipment, fabrics, and in many other everyday articles. Subsequently, ubiquitous environmental contamination by these common chemical...

  10. Aging and Veterinary Care of Cats, Dogs, and Horses through the Records of Three University Veterinary Hospitals

    Contributor(s):: Bruno Cozzi, Cristina Ballarin, Roberto Mantovani, Ada Rota

    The present article examines over 63,000 medical records belonging to the Veterinary Hospitals of the Universities of Bologna, Torino, and Padova, all in Northern Italy, and relative to dogs (approximately 50,000), cats (approximately 12,000), and companion horses (slightly less than 1,000). The...

  11. Feeders of Free-Roaming Cats: Personal Characteristics, Feeding Practices, and Data on Cat Health and Welfare in an Urban Setting of Israel

    Contributor(s):: Idit Gunther, Tal Raz, Yehonatan Even Zor, Yuval Bachowski, Eyal Klement

    Cat feeders serve as an important source of available food for free-roaming cats (FRCs) and can play a central role in providing data on FRC distribution, welfare, and health. Data on cat feeder personalities as well as a better understanding of their feeding practices offer relevance for...

  12. Feline Obesity in Veterinary Medicine: Insights from a Thematic Analysis of Communication in Practice

    Contributor(s):: Alexandra M. Phillips, Jason B. Coe, Melanie J. Rock, Cindy L. Adams

    Feline obesity has become a common disease and important animal welfare issue. Little is known about how, or how often, veterinarians and feline-owning clients are addressing obesity during clinical appointments. The purpose of this qualitative study was to characterize verbal and non-verbal...

  13. Household Food Items Toxic to Dogs and Cats

    Contributor(s):: Cristina Cortinovis, Francesca Caloni

    Several foods that are perfectly suitable for human consumption can be toxic to dogs and cats. Food-associated poisoning cases involving the accidental ingestion of chocolate and chocolate-based products, Allium spp. (onion, garlic, leek, and chives), macadamia nuts, Vitis...

  14. Baby Steps: Minnesota Raises Certain Forms of Animal Cruelty to Felony Status

    Contributor(s):: Corwin R. Kruse

    The relationships between humans and animals are complex and contradictory; we welcome them into our homes and treat them as members of the family, yet we inflict upon them all manner of atrocities. Although laws prohibiting cruelty to animals exist in all...

  15. Protecting Cats and Dogs in Order to Protect Humans: Making the Case for a Felony Companion Animal Statute in Mississippi

    Contributor(s):: Deborah Challener

    During the 2010 session of the Mississippi legislature, Senator Billy Hewes (R-Gulfport) introduced Senate Bill No. 2623 which, inter alia, made it a felony to "with malice torture, mutilate, maim, burn, starve, disfigure or kill any domesticated dog or cat." The penalty for a...

  16. Dialogic dogs and phatic felines: speaking to and through our pets

    Contributor(s):: Nicole M. Dufour

    While many pet owners acknowledge that they speak to their pet, Pet Communication has remained mostly overlooked by researchers. Through discourse analysis, this thesis is an attempt to analyze Pet Communication, which deals with human speech to a pet, about a pet, or through a pet. I analyze...

  17. Problematising upstream technology through speculative design: the case of quantified cats and dogs

    Contributor(s):: Shaun Lawson, Ben Kirman, Conor Linehan, Tom Feltwell, Lisa Hopkins

    There is growing interest in technology that quantifies aspects of our lives. This paper draws on critical practice and speculative design to explore, question and problematise the ultimate consequences of such technology using the quantification of companion animals (pets) as a case study. We...

  18. Therapy cat in the library media center

    Contributor(s):: Anna L. Talbot

    This research project is a review of literature about utilizing a therapy animal, specifically a therapy cat, within a school library. Since the options of hypoallergenic cats are now available, they can be used in schools to reduce worries about cat allergies. The strengths of using this...

  19. Cougar-human entanglements on Vancouver Island : relational agency and space

    Contributor(s):: Rosemary-Claire Magdeleine Solange Collard

    Vancouver Island is home to what is estimated to be the densest cougar population in North America. Over the last century and a half, cougar and human residents of the Island have not co-existed peacefully. From government-sponsored bounty hunts of cougars to cougar attacks on children,...

  20. Lasten Lemmikistä koko perheen Lemmikiksi : Mitä aikuiset ajattelevat Lemmikki-lehdestä ja millaista sisältöä he lehteen haluavat?

    Contributor(s):: Marianne Simola

    Lemmikkieläinbuumi kasvaa: suomalaistalouksista jo 41 prosentilla on kissa tai koira, ja lemmikkiin kuluu rahaa yli 70 kertaa niin paljon kuin muutama vuosikymmen sitten. Niinpä Lemmikki-lehden toimitus haluaa laajentaa lehden kohderyhmää siten, että lasten lisäksi...