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The Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) in Australia and New Zealand: a survey of owners' experiences with their greyhounds one month after adoption

By R. Elliott, J. A. L. M. L. Toribio, D. Wigney

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Research on canine rehoming to date has focused on shelter dogs and currently no published studies evaluate greyhound rehoming schemes. This prospective study examined the success of greyhound adoption attained by the Greyhound Adoption Program or Greyhounds As Pets (GAP) in Australia and New Zealand. We followed 245 greyhounds adopted between February and June 2008 using a questionnaire posted to new owners 4 weeks after the adoption and information on post-adoptive returns provided by GAP. The questionnaire asked owners to report on the frequency of specific behaviours observed in their greyhounds during the first month and to rank the behaviours of most concern to them. A 78.8% response rate to the questionnaire provided information on 193 adopted greyhounds. The owners of 175 dogs (91.1

Date 2010
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 124
Issue 3/4
Pages 121-135
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. rosemaryelliott2@gmail.com d.wigney@usyd.edu.au
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  1. Aggression
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animal health and hygiene
  4. Australasia
  5. Australia
  6. Children
  7. Commonwealth of Nations
  8. Developed countries
  9. Dogs
  10. Education
  11. Follow-up studies
  12. Mammals
  13. New Zealand
  14. Oceania
  15. OECD countries
  16. Pet ownership
  17. Pets and companion animals
  18. Primates
  19. Questionnaires
  20. Research
  21. samples
  22. Sport animals
  23. Studies
  24. surveys
  25. Veterinarians
  26. Veterinary surgery