Effect of Adopters' Lifestyles and Animal-Care Knowledge on Their Expectations Prior to Companion-Animal Guardianship
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): O'Connor, Rachel, Coe, Jason B., Niel, Lee, Jones-Bitton, Andria
Human expectations can greatly affect the human–companion animal relationship, sometimes putting nonhuman animals at risk for relinquishment. At 20 animal shelters in Southern Ontario, Canada, potential adopters (N = 234) completed a questionnaire regarding their lifestyle, companion animal-care...
Opinions of UK Rescue Shelter and Rehoming Center Workers on the Problems Facing Their Industry
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Stavisky, Jenny, Brennan, Marnie L., Downes, Martin J., Dean, Rachel S.
Animal shelters exist worldwide to care for and rehome unwanted or straying pets. Previous studies have examined why owners breed unwanted animals, or relinquish their pets to shelters. However, the views of shelter workers, who receive and care for these animals, have previously been largely...
Adoption and relinquishment interventions at the animal shelter: a review
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Protopopova, A., Gunter, L. M.
Impacts of Encouraging Dog Walking on Returns of Newly Adopted Dogs to a Shelter
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Gunter, Lisa, Protopopova, Alexandra, Hooker, Steven P., Ananian, Cheryl Der, Wynne, Clive D. L.
This study involved examining the ability of a postadoption intervention to reduce returns of newly adopted dogs to shelters by encouraging physical activity between adopters and their dogs. Guardians in the intervention group received emails with dog behavior and human activity advice as well as...
No Dog Left Behind: A Hedonic Pricing Model for Animal Shelters
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Reese, Laura A., Skidmore, Mark, Dyar, William, Rosebrook, Erika
Companion animal overpopulation is a growing problem in the United States. In addition to strays, an average of 324,500 nonhuman animals are relinquished to shelters yearly by their caregivers due to family disruption (divorce, death), foreclosure, economic problems, or minor behavioral issues....
Safewalk: Improving Enrichment and Adoption Rates for Shelter Dogs by Changing Human Behavior
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Bright, Terri M., Hadden, Louise
Shelter dogs are typically cared for by staff and volunteers. At the Boston location of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, prior to 2009, any member of the public who was older than 16 years of age and attended 1 orientation could walk dogs available for adoption....
Surrendering pets to shelters: the relinquisher's perspective
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): DiGiacomo, N., Arluke, A., Patronek, G.
The intention of this research was not to justify the relinquishment of pets to shelters, but to provide a detailed and impartial view of the relinquisher's perspective. This perspective, as revealed in 38 interviews, was contrary to the view of relinquishment that commonly prevails in shelter...
Pet owner behaviors and attachment to yard versus house dogs
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Shore, E. R., Riley, M. L., Douglas, D. K.
The majority of research on the human-nonhuman animal bond has considered its advantages for the human. Research investigating the benefits of the bond for the companion animal has focused primarily on the relationship between owner attachment and the relinquishment or abandonment of pets. Shore,...
Risk factors for pet evacuation failure after a slow-onset disaster
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Sebastian E. Heath, Philip Kass, Larry Glickman, Alan M. Beck
Predictors of pet evacuation failure are usually present before a disaster strikes and are potentially modifiable. Mitigation of pet evacuation failure should focus on activities that reinforce responsible pet ownership and strengthen the human-animal bond, including socializing dogs, attending...
Coping with euthanasia: a case study of shelter culture
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Arluke, A.
Training veterinary students in animal behavior to preserve the human-animal bond
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Sherman, B. L., Serpell, J. A.
Knowledge of animal behavior is an extremely important component of modern veterinary practice. Appreciation of species-typical behavior helps to ensure that veterinary patients are handled safely and humanely, and plays a pivotal role in the diagnosis of health and welfare problems in animals,...
Cat and dog ownership and management patterns in central Italy
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Slater, M. R., Nardo, A. di, Pediconi, O., Villa, P. dalla, Candeloro, L., Alessandrini, B., Papa, S. del
Three hundred and ninety-seven randomly selected households were interviewed by telephone to determine the numbers and management of owned cats and dogs in the Teramo Province of Italy. The households were selected using stratified random sampling for each municipality; municipalities were...
Risk factors for relinquishment of cats to an animal shelter
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Gary Patronek, Alan M. Beck, Larry Glickman, Alan M. Beck, George McCabe, Carol Ecker
OBJECTIVE: To identify feline and household characteristics associated with relinquishment of a pet cat to an animal shelter.DESIGN: Case-control study.SAMPLE POPULATION: Households that relinquished cats for adoption (case households) and a random sample of current cat-owning households in the...
Risk factors for relinquishment of dogs to an animal shelter
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Gary Patronek, Larry Glickman, Alan M. Beck, George McCabe, Carol Ecker
Current human-animal bond course offerings in veterinary schools
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Beck, A. M., Martin, F.
The human-animal bond (HAB) is viewed as growing in importance for practicing veterinarians, veterinary students, and society in general. The fields and activities concerning the HAB are interdisciplinary and varied. There is widespread belief that HAB programs are important for veterinarians,...
Moving as a reason for pet relinquishment: a closer look
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Shore, E. R., Petersen, C. L., Douglas, D. K.
One of the most frequently given reasons for relinquishing a companion animal to an animal shelter is that the person or family is moving. Telephone interviews conducted between 1 February and 30 April 2002 with 57 caregivers who relinquished animal companions (dogs, cats, puppies and/or kittens)...
Characteristics of relinquishing and adoptive owners of horses associated with U.S. nonprofit equine rescue organizations
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Holcomb, K. E., Stull, C. L., Kass, P. H.
Nonprofit equine rescue organizations in the United States provide care for relinquished horses and may offer adoption programs. With an estimated 100,000 "unwanted" horses per year and few municipal shelters providing wholesale euthanasia, there is a need to minimize the number of unwanted...
Causes of relinquishing the dogs adopted from animal shelters in Taiwan
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Fuh, YingBin, Tung, MengChi, Tung, KwongChung, Chiang, JengTung, Fei, ChangYoung
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...
Owner attachment and problem behaviors related to relinquishment and training techniques of dogs
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Kwan, J. Y., Bain, M. J.
Problematic behaviors are a significant reason for relinquishment, and relinquished dogs are more likely to have problem behaviors. This study utilized standardized surveys of owners (companion animal guardians) relinquishing their dogs to shelters and dog owners visiting vaccination clinics....
Survey to investigate pet ownership and attitudes to pet care in metropolitan Chicago dog and/or cat owners
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Freiwald, A., Litster, A., Weng, H. Y.
The aims of this descriptive cross-sectional study were to investigate dog and cat acquisition and attitudes toward pet care among residents of the Chicago area (zip codes 60600-60660); to compare data obtained from owners of shelter-acquired pets with those of residents who acquired their pets...
Effects of preadoption counseling on the prevention of separation anxiety in newly adopted shelter dogs
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Herron, M. E., Lord, L. K., Husseini, S. E.
Separation anxiety is one of the more prevalent and difficult to treat behavior problems in dogs. The associated behaviors can be undesirable to dog owners and damage the human animal bond, leading to relinquishment or return to an animal shelter. Due to the high prevalence of separation related...
Should dogs and cats be given as gifts?
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Weiss, E., Dolan, E. D., Garrison, L., Hong, J., Slater, M.
Policies that state dogs and cats should not be adopted as gifts are prevalent at animal welfare organizations, despite the fact that this belief is unfounded. Denying adopters who intend to give the animals as gifts may unnecessarily impede the overarching goal of increasing the rate of...
Large dog relinquishment to two municipal facilities in New York City and Washington, D.C.: identifying targets for intervention
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Weiss, E., Slater, M., Garrison, L., Drain, N., Dolan, E., Scarlett, J. M., Zawistowski, S. L.
While the overall trend in euthanasia has been decreasing nationally, large dogs are at a higher risk of euthanasia than other sized dogs in most animal shelters in the United States. We hypothesized one way to increase the lives saved with respect to these large dogs is to keep them home when...
A systematic review and meta-analysis of the proportion of dogs surrendered for dog-related and owner-related reasons
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Lambert, K., Coe, J., Niel, L., Dewey, C., Sargeant, J. M.
Risk factors for dog relinquishment to a Los Angeles municipal animal shelter
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Dolan, E. D., Scotto, J., Slater, M., Weiss, E.
Dog relinquishment is a large component of shelter intake in the United States. Research has shown traits of the dog are associated with relinquishment as well as general characteristics of those relinquishing. Low income is often cited as a risk factor for relinquishment. The majority of people...
Environmental Aspects of Domestic Cat Care and Management: Implications for Cat Welfare
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Stella, J. L., Croney, C. C.
A survey exploring factors associated with 2890 companion-rabbit owners' knowledge of rabbit care and the neuter status of their companion rabbit
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Welch, T., Coe, J. B., Niel, L., McCobb, E.
Pet owners' knowledge of pet care has been shown to affect the human-animal relationship and the welfare of companion animals. With rabbits being the third most common companion animal in many regions, and evidence of owners' lack of awareness for the standards of care required to care for...
No better than flipping a coin: Reconsidering canine behavior evaluations in animal shelters
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Gary J. Patronek, Janis Bradley
Use of behavior evaluations for shelter dogs has progressed despite their lack of scientific validation as reliable diagnostic tools. Yet results of these evaluations are often used to make life-and-death decisions. Despite acknowledging the significant limitations of evaluations, most authors...
Declawing has no effect on biting behavior but does affect adoption outcomes for domestic cats in an animal shelter
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Fritscher, Saethra Jade, Ha, James
Opponents of declawing contend that it causes behavioral problems, whereas others, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, state that because destructive scratching is a risk factor for relinquishment and euthanasia, declawing is a reasonable alternative. If declawing causes...
Goodbye to a Good Friend: An Exploration of the Re-Homing of Cats and Dogs in the U.S.
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Emily Weiss, Shannon Gramann, C. Victor Spain, Margaret Slater
When dogs and cats are not retained in a home, they are re-homed to somewhere, and while there is a collection of research around relinquishment to shelters, little is known about the general re-homing picture. A cross sectional random digit dial survey was conducted with an aim to learn more...
Evaluation of a behavioral assessment tool for dogs relinquished to shelters
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): DL Duffy, KA Kruger, James A. Serpell
Canine separation anxiety: strategies for treatment and management
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): RJ Sargisson
Secure and disorganised attachment in the relational interactions in shelter for abandoned children
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Mbiya Muadi
Secure and disorganized attachment in the relational interactions in shelter for abandoned children in Kinshasa
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Mbiya Muadi
Anchor down or hunker down: an experimental study on zebra mussels' response to predation risk from crayfish
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Marcin Czarnoleski, Tomas Müller, Justyna Kierat, Landon Gryczkowski, Lucjan Chybowski
Predation cues influence the strength of byssal attachment in bivalves. In zebra mussels, Dreissena polymorpha, anchorage increases in response to nonforaging roach, Rutilus rutilus, but decreases in response to artificially crushed conspecifics, and it remains unaltered by nonforaging crayfish....
Qualified "in shelter" dogs' evaluation and training to promote successful dog-human relationships
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Marilena Sticco, Roberto Trentini, Pia Lucidi
The phenomenon of dogs’ relinquishment in Italy has become a social evil, although many laws exist to regulate animal protection and lately, the act of abandonment has become criminalised (law n.189/2004, enforced by law n.201/2010). Adop tion fro m shelters seems t o be the only way to...
Relinquishment of sheltered animals: how the behavioral data can inform the veterinary role in prevention and successful rehoming
Conference Papers | Contributor(s): S.V. Juarbe-Diaz
The technician's role in the behavior consultation
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Julie Shaw
Causes and prevention of pet relinquishment
Conference Papers | Contributor(s): J.M. Scarlett