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  1. Changes Associated with Improved Outcomes for Cats Entering RSPCA Queensland Shelters from 2011 to 2016

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    | 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...

  2. Expectations for dog ownership: Perceived physical, mental and psychosocial health consequences among prospective adopters

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    | Contributor(s):: Lauren Powell, Debbie Chia, Paul McGreevy, Anthony L Podberscek, Kate M. Edwards, Brendon Neilly, Adam J Gustaella, Vanessa Lee, Emmanuel Stamatakis

    Dog ownership is popular worldwide, with most human-dog dyads forming successful attachment bonds. However, millions of dogs are surrendered to animal shelters annually, possibly due to mismatches between owner expectations and the realities of dog ownership. The aim of the current study was to...

  3. Tail Docking of Canine Puppies: Reassessment of the Tail's Role in Communication, the Acute Pain Caused by Docking and Interpretation of Behavioural Responses

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    | Contributor(s):: David J Mellor

    Laws, regulations and professional standards increasingly aim to ban or restrict non-therapeutic tail docking in canine puppies. These constraints have usually been justified by reference to loss of tail participation in communication between dogs, the acute pain presumed to be caused during...

  4. My Dog Is Not My Cat: Owner Perception of the Personalities of Dogs and Cats Living in the Same Household

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    | Contributor(s):: Laura Menchetti, Silvia Calipari, Gabriella Guelfi, Alice Catanzaro, Silvana Diverio

    This study aims to define the personality traits perceived by the owners of multiple pets and to evaluate how they are modulated by experiential-environmental factors. A questionnaire was administered to 1270 owners of multiple pets (dogs and cats) to collect data on the demographics,...

  5. Dog and Cat Interactions in a Remote Aboriginal Community

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    | Contributor(s):: Brooke Kennedy, Wendy Y. Brown, Karl Vernes, Gerhard Kortner, James R.A. Butler

    This study examined dog and cat demographics, roaming behaviours, and interspecific interactions in a remote Aboriginal island community using multiple methods. Our results revealed temporal differences between the roaming behaviours of dogs, cats, and wildlife. Dogs showed crepuscular...

  6. Dog Population & Dog Sheltering Trends in the United States of America

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    | 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...

  7. Factors Associated with High Live Release for Dogs at a Large, Open-Admission, Municipal Shelter

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    | Contributor(s):: Gary J. Patronek, Abbi Crowe

    Better understanding of factors contributing to live release (rehoming) may help shelters improve outcomes. In this study, data were analyzed for all dogs (n = 21,409) admitted over a two-year period for the primary purpose of rehoming at a high-volume, open-intake municipal shelter performing...

  8. Does Flooring Substrate Impact Kennel and Dog Cleanliness in Commercial Breeding Facilities?

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    | Contributor(s):: Katie Osborn, Judith Stella, Moriah Hurt, Amy Bauer, Paulo Gomes, Audrey Ruple, Alan Beck, Candace Croney

    Evaluation of kennel flooring surfaces is needed to understand their impacts on dog health and well-being. This pilot study aimed to characterize aspects of physical health, kennel cleanliness, and dog body cleanliness on flooring types common in US breeding kennels. Subjects were 118 adult...

  9. "Pets Negotiable": How Do the Perspectives of Landlords and Property Managers Compare with Those of Younger Tenants with Dogs?

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    | Contributor(s):: Taryn M. Graham, Katrina J. Milaney, Cindy L. Adams, Melanie J Rock

    In rental housing policy, pets are rarely considered as valued household members. Instead, landlords and property managers are often permitted to ban pets outright, or to advertise them as merely negotiable in their listings for rental housing. In fact, previous research has shown that moving...

  10. Factors Informing Outcomes for Older Cats and Dogs in Animal Shelters

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    | 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...

  11. The Truth about Deer, Turtles, and Dogs: An examination of Ancient Maya Human-Faunal Interactions

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    | Contributor(s):: Lindsay Foreman

  12. My Dog Always Eats First: Homeless People and Their Animals. Leslie Irvine. Reviewed by Tiffany A. Parsons

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    | Contributor(s):: Tiffany Parsons

    Book Review 

  13. Pets by the Numbers

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  14. Human Animal Interaction:Optimizing HAI Costs & Benefits: Study of Expert Opinion in Japan & Rest of World

    | Contributor(s):: TR Zengage

  15. Dog Ownership, Attachment and Overall Wellbeing among Young Adults

    | Contributor(s):: Kasiani Michalopoulos

  16. A Longitudinal Study of the Relation between Acquiring a Dog and Loneliness

    | Contributor(s):: Nikolina M. Duvall Antonacopoulos

  17. Survey of personal injuries caused by dogs and cats in Umea

    | Contributor(s):: R Lindström, S Tegenborg, PO Bylund, U Björnstig, A Eriksson

  18. Dogs and cats as environmental fall hazards

    | Contributor(s):: Judy A Stevens, S. L. Teh, Tadesse Haileyesus

    ProblemFalls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries in the United States. This study assessed the prevalence of fall injuries associated with cats and dogs in the United States and describes the types of injuries sustained, the location, activity, and circumstances under which they...

  19. A survey of elderly dog and cat owners and their attitudes to their pets

    | Contributor(s):: Y. Tokura, K. Noda, M. Azuma, M. Kato, T. Kobayashi, N. Kajiwara, K. Endo

  20. 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...