The purpose of this retrospective cohort study was to investigate the determinants of adoption for cats and dogs from a large municipal animal shelter. The subjects were 4813 cats and 3301 dogs impounded by the Sacramento County Department of Animal Care and Regulation and offered for adoption from September 9, 1994 to May 26, 1995. The study constructed models predicting the conditional probability of adoption using logistic regression and a final multiple logistic regression model from variables found to be important predictors of adoption. Age, sex, coat colour and reason for relinquishment were major determinants of adoption in cats. Age, sex, coat colour, reason for relinquishment, breed, purebred status and injury status were major determinants of adoption in dogs. Shelter personnel could utilize this information to increase the adoption of frequently overlooked animals. Alternatively, shelters could use this to focus their resources on animals with characteristics the public prefers.
|Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
|Taylor & Francis
|School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 95616-8746, USA.
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