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Causes of relinquishing the dogs adopted from animal shelters in Taiwan

By YingBin Fuh, MengChi Tung, KwongChung Tung, JengTung Chiang, ChangYoung Fei

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This study investigated the causes of relinquishing the dogs adopted from animal shelters. The subjects were the adopters of public animal shelters in Taiwan in 2003 similar to 2005. Random sampling was conducted upon 10% of the population. This study collected data by telephone survey, and 1,185 calls were made, with 626 valid samples. According to this investigation, when being adopted, most of the animals were below one year old (71.7%; 449/626); among 626 dogs investigated, 229 were relinquished (36.6%; 229/626). They were mostly relinquished within half year after the adoption (45.4%; 104/229). The main cause of abandonment is "behavior" (31.9%; 73/229); "barking" is the most (72.6%; 53/73). Based on the results, the findings are as follows: 1) dogs below one year old are easily adopted; 2) "within half year" after the adoption is the critical period of abandon; 3) the dogs' behavior is the main cause of abandon. Among varied behaviors, barking is the major cause.

Date 2012
Publication Title Thai Journal of Veterinary Medicine
Volume 42
Issue 1
Pages 113-116
ISBN/ISSN 0125-6491
Language English
Author Address Graduate Institute of Veterinary Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Sec 4, Roosevelt Rd, Da'an Dist, Taipei, 10617,
Additional Language English
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  1. Adoption
  2. Age
  3. Animal behavior
  4. Animal rights
  5. Animal roles
  6. Animals
  7. Animal shelters
  8. Animal welfare
  9. APEC countries
  10. Asia
  11. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  12. Canidae
  13. Canine
  14. Carnivores
  15. Developed countries
  16. Dogs
  17. Mammals
  18. misbehavior
  19. open access
  20. pet care
  21. Pets and companion animals
  22. shelters
  23. surveys
  24. Taiwan
  25. vertebrates
  26. vocalizations
  1. open access