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Strategies to Reduce the Euthanasia of Impounded Dogs and Cats Used by Councils in Victoria, Australia
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| Contributor(s):: Jacquie Rand, Emily Lancaster, Georgina Inwood, Carolyn Cluderay, Linda Marston
Euthanasia is used in developed countries as a method of population control for dogs and cats entering shelters and council pounds. This study analyzed all available dog and cat population, registration, intake and outcome data for the 79 Victorian councils. The majority (74%) of councils...
Changes Associated with Improved Outcomes for Cats Entering RSPCA Queensland Shelters from 2011 to 2016
| Contributor(s):: Caroline Audrey Kerr, Jacquie Rand, John Murray Morton, Ronelle Reid, Mandy Paterson
The aim of this study was to identify changes that contributed to the markedly improved live release of cats in Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Queensland shelters by comparing data from 2011 and 2016. Admission numbers were similar in these two years. The number...
Dog Population & Dog Sheltering Trends in the United States of America
| Contributor(s):: Andrew Rowan, Tamara Kartal
The pet overpopulation problem in the United States has changed significantly since the 1970s. The purpose of this review is to document these changes and propose factors that have been and are currently driving the dog population dynamics in the US. In the 1960s, about one quarter of the dog...
Assessment of a Targeted Trap-Neuter-Return Pilot Study in Auckland, New Zealand
| Contributor(s):: Sarah Zito, Glenn Aguilar, Shalsee Vigeant, Arnja Dale
There is a need for effective and humane management tools to manage urban stray cats and minimise negative impacts associated with stray cats. One such tool is targeted trap-neuter-return (TTNR), but no concerted implementation of this technique or formal assessments have been reported. To...
The Impact of an Integrated Program of Return-to-Field and Targeted Trap-Neuter-Return on Feline Intake and Euthanasia at a Municipal Animal Shelter
| Contributor(s):: Daniel D Spehar, Peter J Wolf
Available evidence indicates that overall levels of feline intake and euthanasia at U.S. shelters have significantly declined in recent decades. Nevertheless, millions of cats, many of them free-roaming, continue to be admitted to shelters each year. In some locations, as many as 70% of cats,...
Factors Informing Outcomes for Older Cats and Dogs in Animal Shelters
| Contributor(s):: Sloane Hawes, Josephine Kerrigan, Kevin Morris
Historically, older cats and dogs have been particularly at-risk for euthanasia in animal shelters due to their lower perceived appeal for adoption. This study found that the condition at intake had the greatest impact on the outcomes of older cats and dogs. Additionally, the application of...
Fare thee well: how to help owners (and yourself) deal with the death of a beloved pet
| Contributor(s):: Al Bentz, C. Bach
The technician's role in the behavior consultation
| Contributor(s):: Julie Shaw
Canine separation anxiety: strategies for treatment and management
| Contributor(s):: RJ Sargisson
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...
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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...
Efficacy of Blunt Force Trauma, a Novel Mechanical Cervical Dislocation Device, and a Non-Penetrating Captive Bolt Device for On-Farm Euthanasia of Pre-Weaned Kits, Growers, and Adult Commercial Meat Rabbits
| Contributor(s):: Jessica L. Walsh, Aaron Percival, Patricia V. Turner
Developing effective and humane on-farm euthanasia methods is essential for all livestock industries to ensure that animals do not suffer and are killed humanely. Approved methods are lacking for commercial meat rabbits, potentially leading to poor welfare. We assessed several methods of on-farm...
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...
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...
American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians Newsletter, Volume 39 (2017)
Contents:I Had to Euthanize a Dog, p 2Student's Corner, p 4Vet Tech Point of View, p 6
Companion animals as being-objects: the role of the self/other binary in the human-animal bond
| Contributor(s):: Amanda Kelly Reed
This research project is an investigation into the human-dog bond and the practice of pet adoption and pet surrender at the East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control Center. The human-dog bond is an excellent vehicle for an investigation into how we create categories of other because it is a highly...
Shelter Dog Behavior Improvement: Dog Walking as Enrichment
| Contributor(s):: Rebecca A Johnson, Charlotte McKenney, Sandra McCune
Background: Several million dogs are euthanized in animal shelters annually after multiple relinquishment reasons (Scarlett, 2002; Salman, 1998; New, 2000 & Kass, 2001). Gains in pet adoptions are happening via shelter enrichment programs. We hypothesized that shelter dogs participating in a...
Food puzzles for cats: feeding for physical and emotional wellbeing
| Contributor(s):: Dantas, L. M. S., Delgado, M. M., Johnson, I., Buffington, C. A. T.
Practical relevance: Many pet cats are kept indoors for a variety of reasons (eg, safety, health, avoidance of wildlife predation) in conditions that are perhaps the least natural to them. Indoor housing has been associated with health issues, such as chronic lower urinary tract signs, and...
Pet loss and grief: identifying at-risk pet owners during the euthanasia process
| Contributor(s):: Barnard-Nguyen, S., Breit, M., Anderson, K. A., Nielsen, J.
Pet owners often experience complex and profound grief reactions when their animals are euthanized. Veterinary staff are increasingly being called upon to be aware of and to respond to the grief reactions of pet owners at this critical time. The objectives of this study were to identify pet...