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  1. The human-animal bond between domestically abused women and their companion animals do pets: affect a woman's decision making?

    Contributor(s):: Debbie McBride

    This research will investigate the dynamics of human-perpetrated violence towards women and their companion animals. A small body of research indicates that abusers often threaten, hurt, or kill family pets as a means of coercing and controlling their female partners and women often delay seeking...

  2. Interaction and processes of animal relinquishment: a qualitative study

    Contributor(s):: Tamara Leigh Rice

    This thesis investigated the process of relinquishing a pet to the Department of Animal Control with the likely outcome of euthanasia for many of the animals left there by their owners. As euthanasia is no longer seen as an acceptable way to solve the pet over population problem those concerned...

  3. Without a home but not without a companion: an ethnographic study

    Contributor(s):: Catherine M. Riley

    This study aims to explore the personal perspective of people who are homeless and their pet companions. This study examines the benefits and challenges of the homeless pet owner in Sacramento, CA. The study’s purpose is to discuss the benefits and challenges as well as further explore the...

  4. We Left Lassie Behind: Defense Personnel Relocation, Animal Abandonment, and Shelter Impacts

    Contributor(s):: Gabriele Griffiths

    When Department of Defense (DoD) personnel receive orders to relocate to a new duty installation, nearly one third abandon their companion animals, which negatively affects the local shelters' costs, personnel, and capabilities to provide quality care for shelter animals. There is a lack of...

  5. The policies of stray pet population control in Lithuania : a study of government contractors as opposed to non-profit volunteer based organizations

    Contributor(s):: Saulene Taruskaite-Vanebo

    Within the thesis, the trending methods of stray pet population care and control are considered, the emphasis put on the differences between governmentally funded institutions of sanitation and the non-governmental animal shelters; significant attention paid to the implementation and overall...

  6. Social behavior of domestic dogs and cats as compared to wild canine and feline species : an honors thesis

    Contributor(s):: Anthony W. Rusk

    With the help of animal behavioralists, parallels have been drawn between domestic dogs and cats and their wild cousins. In some respects, social behavior in domestic animals has remained similar to characteristics found in wild animals. General observations of social conduct have been examined....

  7. Improving the nation's animal shelters: a path to no-kill: an honors thesis

    Contributor(s):: Amanda N. Butts

    Issues dealing with animals are commonly overlooked and ignored by the public and by the government. This is why there are so many problems with the animal shelters in this country. This holds true in Muncie, where the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Delaware County was...

  8. Applying social science to inform conservation solutions regarding owned outdoor cats in urbanizing landscapes

    Contributor(s):: Ashley Gramza

    Free-ranging domestic cats (Felis catus) incur and impose risks on ecosystems and represent a complex issue of critical importance to wildlife conservation and domestic cat and human health. There is an inherent social dimension to the issue of owned free-ranging cats, as humans are their...

  9. Functions of pets for young children

    Contributor(s):: Dorothy C. Payne Mock

    The role or function that dogs and cats fulfill as pets in families with preschool-age children was examined in terms of pet prevalence, their relationship to animal fears, and their association with imaginary companions. The sample consisted of 37 children, three years nine months to five years...

  10. Population dynamics and management of free-roaming cats

    Contributor(s):: Paige McGee Hill

    With an estimated 400 million domestic cats worldwide, free-roaming cats issues are of global importance due to animal welfare and public health concerns, as well as impacts on native wildlife through predation, competition and disease transmission. Though these impacts have been well documented,...

  11. The effects of demographics and pet ownership on attachment towards and opinion about owned and unowned free-roaming cats

    Contributor(s):: Melanie Elaine Ramon

    A telephone questionnaire was developed to collect information on pet owners, cat ownership patterns, and people's opinions about homeless pets. A 7-day observation log was also developed to gather information about free-roaming cats in Caldwell, TX. The objectives of this research were: (1)...

  12. Commodifying Fido: pets as status symbols

    Contributor(s):: April Plemons

    How are pets being used as status symbols to display social position and wealth? This paper seeks to theoretically examine pet owners and their use of animals to convey a message of social status, position and wealth. This will be done through an application of theoretical constructs by Veblen,...

  13. A narrative exploration of the meaning of companion animals throughout the lives of non-institutionalized elderly widows living alone

    Contributor(s):: Teresa Angela Stokowski

    The purpose of this study was to explore the meaning of companion animals throughout the lives of non-institutionalized elderly widows living alone. Three widows ranging in age from 70 to 85 were recruited from friends and acquaintances for participation in this study. The meaning of companion...

  14. Factors affecting the welfare and adoption rate of cats in an animal shelter

    Contributor(s):: Nadine Gourkow

    Rates of adoption for adult cats in animal shelters have always been very low, thus these animals are often subjected to euthanasia and/or long periods of confinement. Furthermore, housing of shelter cats has traditionally focused on disease prevention; this has led to the use of barren,...

  15. Critical incidents in grieving the death of companion animals

    Contributor(s):: David Allan Alexander

    This study examined what bereaved pet owners found particularly helpful and particularly difficult in their grieving process. The Critical Incident Technique (CIT) was used. Eight bereaved pet owners identified 87 helping and 44 hindering categories that formed 12 helping and 7 hindering...

  16. When euthanasia is an option : the experience of making end-of-life decisions for companion animals

    Contributor(s):: Laurel Horn

    It's only a dog! You should just get another cat. You waited too long to take him to the vet as it is. These are some of the common attitudes and reactions that pet owners must often contend with when their companion animals die. Though they may be trying to be understanding and supportive,...

  17. Being there : relationships between people with cancer and their pets : what helps and what hinders

    Contributor(s):: Patricia Nitkin

    This qualitative research examined the little studied area of human-pet relationships and their impact on persons with cancer. The goal of this study was to gather information from individuals with cancer who had a pet during their illness and explore the helpful and unhelpful aspects of that...

  18. Household pets and depression among urban adolescents

    Contributor(s):: Mary M. Nevin-Haas

    This study was designed to describe the prevalence of depression among a group of adolescents and examine the relationships between depression and presence of pets in the home, primary ownership of pets and perceived degree of attachment to the pets by the subjects. The coping conceptual...

  19. On Lifetimes: Children's Experiences of Companion Animal Death

    Contributor(s):: Joshua James Russell

    The purpose of this interdisciplinary research project is to investigate children's lived experiences of companion animal death within the Greater Toronto Area. The central research questions are: "What does it mean for children to experience the death of a companion animal? What do...

  20. Is there a difference in the quality of the relationship between children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and well-known cats versus children with typical development and well-known cats?

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    Contributor(s):: Ada van der Molen

    Being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) does not affect the quality of the relationship between children and their cat. The attachment to the cat and the acceptance of the cat the way it is do play an important role in the quality of the relationship. Cats just as often meet the...