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I’m relatively new to this group, and would love to have input and suggestions for a new project that has just begun. I’ve partnered with the Michigan Humane Society to start working on an in-depth project of creating successful human-animal dyads, and working to eliminate problems in existing relationships.The purpose of this research project is to utilize current data collected by the Michigan Humane Society (“MHS”) and expand on the data collected in order to maximize successful adoptions and reduce relinquishment rates. Current data that is already being collected will be used to describe successful and unsuccessful owner-animal dyads. Additional targeted information will also be gathered to further elucidate the nature of the relationship between animals and their responsible human companions, with the end goal being a succinct set of questions that will hopefully be predictive of the appropriate animal match for any individual person. MHS already collects data on behavioral assessments of animals to be adopted, and one goal of this project is to use this information, along with the above-mentioned questionnaire, to build a predictive model for creating successful dyads.

Additionally, data will be gathered from the MHS behavior hotline to develop a rubric for dealing with current owner-animal dyads that are having problems and reduce relinquishment. An article published this year from the UC-Davis school of veterinary medicine found that sixty-five percent of relinquishers reported some behavioral reason for relinquishment (J Appl Anim Welf Sci. April 2013;16(2):168-83.) From the same study, forty-eight percent of relinquishers indicated that at least 1 problem behavior was a strong influence on their decision to relinquish. That means that 17% of relinquished animals have only one reported behavior problem that caused separation of the dyad.