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Fulfilling the Fundamentals of Life: A Grounded Theory of the Process of Human-Horse Relationship Development
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Contributor(s):: Darlene Joy Chalmers, Constance Barlow (adviser), Cindy Adams (adviser)
This thesis explores how relationships develop between humans and their equine companions, and how such relationships may be mutually beneficial. Specifically, the research question asks: What are the processes that occur in the interaction between humans and horses? The research employs a...
The Foundation for Interdisciplinary Research and Education Promoting Animal Welfare is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific research and public education of animal welfare issues.The Foundation for Interdisciplinary Research and Education [FIREPAW, Inc.] is...
Private Animal Welfare Standards—Opportunities and Risks
Contributor(s):: Frida Lundmark, Charlotte Berg, Helena Rockilnsberg
The current shift moves the governance of animal welfare away from the government towards the private market and the consumers. We have studied the intentions, content, and on-farm inspection results from different sets of animal welfare legislation and private standards with an aim to highlight...
Exploring the Gaps in Practical Ethical Guidance for Animal Welfare Considerations of Field Interventions and Innovations Targeting Dogs and Cats
Contributor(s):: Louisa Tasker, Susan F Getty, Joyce R Briggs, Valerie A.W. Benka
Domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) and cats (Felis silvestris catus) are common species targeted by nongovernmental or intergovernmental organizations, veterinarians and government agencies worldwide, for field interventions (e.g., population management, rabies vaccination programs) or...
A Comparison of Cats (Felis silvestris catus) Housed in Groups and Single Cages at a Shelter: A Retrospective Matched Cohort Study
Contributor(s):: Malini Suchak, Jacalyn Lamica
When cats are relinquished to shelters, they frequently experience a great deal of stress. Shelters often try to control certain aspects of their environment, such as housing, to help them relax. Some cats are placed in small group rooms upon entry, whereas others are placed in single cages....
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...
Online Relinquishments of Dogs and Cats in Australia
Contributor(s):: Susan J Hazel, Caitlin J Jenvey, Jonathan Tuke
The aim of this study was to analyze dog and cat advertisements on a popular online trading website in Australia in February 2016. A total of 2640 ads for dogs and 2093 ads for cats were classified as being relinquished on Gumtree. A total of 23% of dog ads and 62% of cat ads were for free...
Surrenderers' Relationships with Cats Admitted to Four Australian Animal Shelters
Contributor(s):: Sarah Zito, Mandy Paterson, John Morton, Di Vankan, Pauleen Bennett, Jacquie Rand, Clive J.C. Phillips
The surrender of cats to animal shelters results in financial, social and moral burdens for the community. Correlations of caretaking and interactions with surrendered cats were calculated, to understand more about humans’ relationships with surrendered cats and the contribution of...
Email Reminders Increase the Frequency That Pet Owners Update Their Microchip Information
Contributor(s):: Katie Goodwin, Jacquie Rand, John Morton, Varun Uthappa, Rick Walduck
Many stray animals presented to shelters in several first world nations have incorrect contact details associated with their microchip and, consequently, cannot be reunited with their owners. This study investigated whether sending email reminders increased the frequency that pet owners updated...
Speaking Up: Veterinary Ethical Responsibilities and Animal Welfare Issues in Everyday Practice
Contributor(s):: Elein Hernandez, Anne Fawcett, Emily Brouwer, Jeff Rau, Patricia V Turner
Although expectations for appropriate animal care are present in most developed countries, significant animal welfare challenges continue to be seen on a regular basis in all areas of veterinary practice. Veterinary ethics is a relatively new area of educational focus but is thought to be...
A Case Study in Citizen Science: The Effectiveness of a Trap-Neuter-Return Program in a Chicago Neighborhood
Contributor(s):: Daniel D. Spehar, Peter J. Wolf
The use of trap-neuter-return (TNR) as a method of managing free-roaming cat populations has increased in the United States in recent decades. Historically, TNR has been conducted most often at a grassroots level, which has led to inconsistent data collection and assessment practices....
Attitudes of Veterinary Teaching Staff and Exposure of Veterinary Students to Early-Age Desexing, with Review of Current Early-Age Desexing Literature
Contributor(s):: Alannah Jupe, Jacquie Rand, John Morton, Sophie Fleming
Approximately 50% of cats admitted to Australian shelters are kittens, and 26% of dogs are puppies, and, particularly for cats, euthanasia rates are often high. Cats can be pregnant by 4 months of age, yet the traditional desexing age is 5–6 months, and studies in Australasia and Nth...
An Experimental Course: Animal Handling, Safety, and Well-Being
Contributor(s):: Brady M McNeil, Heather A Jennings, Christen G. Jackson, Anna K. Johnson, Jodi A. Sterle
Students in the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University are coming from increasingly diverse backgrounds, with little to no experience working with or handling various livestock species. In order to best accommodate these students, additional courses are being developed, one of...
CHAIRE: Center for Human-Animal Interactions Research and Education
The CHAIRE initiative was inspired by the Department of Animal Sciences’ departmental academic review, which determined our job as a department is to obtain and communicate data-based answers to questions involving topics like efficiency and quality as well as the ethics,...
One Heart Wild
One Heart Wild Education Sanctuary is a trauma informed nonprofit organization offering services that address the four pillars in humane education: human rights and well-being, animal protection and welfare, environmental stewardship, and cultural issues that affect an indvidual's...
" The different story of one cat | Vladislav Zlatinov | TEDxNBU"
Contributor(s):: Vladislav Zlatinov
Evaluating the physical welfare of dogs in commercial breeding facilities in the United States
Contributor(s):: Moriah J. Hurt, Candace Croney (adviser)
Despite high levels of public concern, the state of commercial breeding (CB) dog welfare is largely unknown. Therefore, this study aimed to characterize the physical welfare of dogs in CB facilities and their environment in Indiana. This study specifically aimed 1) to characterize dog foot...
The impact of tickling rats on human-animal interactions and rat welfare
Contributor(s):: Megan Renee LaFollette, Brianna N Gaskill (adviser)
Rats initially fear humans which can lead to negative affect, poor welfare, and difficult handling. Also, modeling and measuring positive affect states in rats can pose an additional challenge. Heterospecific play, or “tickling,” is a handling habituation technique that mimics rat...
Show Horse Welfare
Contributor(s):: Melissa A. Voigt, Colleen Brady
In recent years there has been an increase in the public's attention to situations where trainers, owners, and handlers have compromised the well-being of show horses for the sake of winning. These situations may be due to training negligence or naivety of individuals working with the horse....