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Characteristics of animals entering an Animal Control or Humane Society shelter in a midwestern city

By E. R. Shore, K. Girrens

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This study compared companion animals entering a humane society shelter with those entering an animal control shelter in the same city, and both to data on companion animals in the area. The study compared stray and relinquished animals. Adult dogs were more numerous than pups, particularly at the Animal Control facility, whereas cats and kittens entered the shelters in roughly equal proportions. Further, the study identified a very small proportion of both cats and dogs as having been altered. Labrador retrievers, German shepherds, chow chows, and rottweilers were the most common breeds at both shelters, and the last three appear to be overrepresented in comparison with their prevalence among owned dogs. Results are discussed in terms of their contribution to understanding local and regional differences in shelter populations and community use of two types of shelters, as well as in terms of the challenges facing Animal Control and Humane Society staff.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 4
Issue 2
Pages 105-115
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1207/S15327604JAWS0402_2
Language English
Author Address Department of Psychology, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 67260-0034, USA.
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  1. Animals
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Canidae
  4. Canine
  5. Carnivores
  6. Dog Breeds
  7. Dogs
  8. Mammals
  9. peer-reviewed
  10. Pets and companion animals
  11. shelters
  12. stray animals
  13. vertebrates
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