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The power of support from companion animals for people living with mental health problems: a systematic review and narrative synthesis of the evidence
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| Contributor(s):: Helen Louise Brooks, Kelly Rushton, Karina Lovell, Penny Bee, Lauren Walker, Laura Grant, Anne Rogers
There is increasing recognition of the therapeutic function pets can play in relation to mental health. However, there has been no systematic review of the evidence related to the comprehensive role of companion animals and how pets might contribute to the work associated with managing a...
Human-animal interactions of community dogs in Campo Largo, Brazil: a descriptive study
| Contributor(s):: Kwok, Y. K. E., Keyserlingk, M. A. G. von, Sprea, G., Molento, C. F. M.
Free-roaming, ownerless dogs comprise a considerable portion of Brazil's dog population. To address societal concerns for animal welfare, the Brazilian town of Campo Largo established the "community dog program," where free-roaming dogs are cared for by self-appointed community members, known as...
Living on the edge: attitudes of rural communities toward Bengal tigers (Panthera tigris) in central India
| Contributor(s):: Reddy, C. S., Reuven, Yosef
To date, most studies of the Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris) are of biological research, techniques, conservation, population modeling, or tiger-human conflicts. Few studies have attempted to understand the rural population that share a region with the tigers, and some of the villages are even...
Living with the beast: wolves and humans through Portuguese literature
| Contributor(s):: Lopes-Fernandes, M., Soares, F., Frazao-Moreira, A., Queiroz, A. I.
This paper explores representations of wolves in Portuguese literature using an anthropological framework to analyze perceptions, beliefs, knowledge, and practices. From a literary corpus compilation, 262 excerpts from 68 works that made reference to wolves were classified by grid analysis into...
The development of an on-site spay/neuter facility at a county animal shelter to reduce pet overpopulation as a means of rabies prevention
| Contributor(s):: G. Robert Weedon
The goal of this paper is to address the issue of pet overpopulation as a means of preventing rabies in a community, and to describe the process of developing an onsite spay/neuter facility at a county animal shelter to reduce pet overpopulation. Additionally, it is hoped that this project will...
Unowned Cat Management in the State of Ohio: Elements of Best Practice in Public-Private Collaborative Efforts
| Contributor(s):: Daniel D. Spehar
A contentious debate over the management of free-roaming cat populations is ongoing. Nevertheless, disparate groups of stakeholders share a common goal of fewer community cats. Unowned cat management typically necessitates a choice between utilization of lethal or non-lethal measures. Research...
An Evaluation of a Shelter Dog Training Class: Outcomes for Volunteer Trainers and for Dogs
| Contributor(s):: Paula M. Ramirez
Are the best things in life really free? Volunteers are valuable people who work for free because they simply want to help. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2014 almost sixty-three million people volunteered (Volunteering in the United States 2014, 2015). The...
Green Care: A Review of the Benefits and Potential of Animal-Assisted Care Farming Globally and in Rural America
| Contributor(s):: Brianna Artz, Doris Bitler Davis
The term Green Care includes therapeutic, social or educational interventions involving farming; farm animals; gardening or general contact with nature. Although Green Care can occur in any setting in which there is interaction with plants or animals, this review focuses on therapeutic practices...
Pet therapy: Enhancing social and cardiovascular wellness in community dwelling older adults
| Contributor(s):: Krause-Parello, Cheryl A., Kolassa, John
The Effect of Therapeutic Horseback Riding on Balance in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Pilot Study
| Contributor(s):: Homnick, Tamara D., Henning, Kim M., Swain, Charlene V., Homnick, Douglas N.
Living on the edge: attitudes of rural communities toward Bengal tigers ( Panthera tigris) in central India
To date, most studies of the Bengal tiger ( Panthera tigris) are of biological research, techniques, conservation, population modeling, or tiger-human conflicts. Few studies have attempted to understand the rural population that share a region with the tigers, and some of the villages are even...
Exploring Public Perceptions of the Guelph Humane Society Facilities as a Centre for Human-Animal and Community Interaction
| Contributor(s):: Anna Chow
While humane shelters are multi-functional centres for animal-human activities, many are not designed to capitalize on community engagement, education and interaction. This research gathered public opinion about the Guelph Humane Society (GHS) and features that would enhance not only animal...
El Paso Animal Services Survey: Support for a 'No Kill Community
| Contributor(s):: Carlos Olmedo, Guadalupe Corral-camacho, Mario E. Caire
The Institute for Policy and Economic Development (IPED) at the University of Texas at El Paso was contracted by El Paso City Animal Services (EPAS) to conduct a survey of El Paso County residents’ attitudes and perceptions about: 1) stray and unclaimed animals within the community, 2)...
Recognizing and responding to cases of suspected animal cruelty, abuse, and neglect: what the veterinarian needs to know
| Contributor(s):: Arkow, P.
The identification of a "battered pets" syndrome, which put the veterinary profession on a parallel footing with its counterparts in human medicine who respond to battered children, women, and elders, expanded the veterinarian's role as an advocate for animals' welfare to include the recognition...
The social network structure of a dynamic group of dairy cows: from individual to group level patterns
| Contributor(s):: Boyland, N. K., Mlynski, D. T., James, R., Brent, L. J. N., Croft, D. P.
Social relationships have been shown to significantly impact individual and group success in wild animal populations, but are largely ignored in farm animal management. There are substantial gaps in our knowledge of how farm animals respond to their social environment, which varies greatly...
Nonhuman Animals: Not Necessarily Saints or Sinners
| Contributor(s):: Abbate, Cheryl
A community of interest
| Contributor(s):: Welborn, Robert F.
The slaughterhouse, social disorganization, and violent crime in rural communities
| Contributor(s):: Jacques, J. R.
Scholars in nonhuman animal studies and criminology have argued that more attention should be paid to the violence sanctioned by society, that of animal slaughter for industrial food production. Slaughterhouses and the communities surrounding these facilities present ideal sites for...