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Analysis of dog adoption success and failure using surveys with vignettes

By S. E. Hill, N. C. Murphy

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Adoption success of dogs who serve as companion animals was analyzed via surveys with vignettes. The researchers administered surveys with vignettes to animal shelter employees, veterinarians, and other animal-care professionals in Eastern North Carolina. Logistic and linear regression analyses were used to identify variables that were perceived to influence adoption success. Dog size, personality, behavior, and level of obedience training were found to be significant perceived influencers of adoption success. Prospective caregiver characteristics such as gender and level of activity were shown to be perceived as significant. Guidance on the practical use of the logistic regression model is provided, and limitations of the study are described.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 19
Issue 2
Pages 144-156
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
DOI 10.1080/10888705.2015.1126522
Language English
Author Address Information Systems and Operations Management Department, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28409,
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  1. Analysis
  2. Animals
  3. Animal welfare
  4. APEC countries
  5. Canidae
  6. Canine
  7. Carnivores
  8. Countries
  9. Developed countries
  10. Dogs
  11. Humans
  12. Mammals
  13. Mathematics and statistics
  14. Men
  15. models
  16. North America
  17. North Carolina
  18. OECD countries
  19. peer-reviewed
  20. Personality
  21. personnel
  22. Pets and companion animals
  23. Primates
  24. researchers
  25. surveys
  26. training
  27. United States of America
  28. vertebrates
  29. Veterinarians
  1. peer-reviewed