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Factors affecting time to adoption of dogs re-homed by a charity in the UK

By G. Diesel, H. Smith, D. U. Pfeiffer

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The objective of this retrospective cohort study was to determine the factors affecting the time until adoption of dogs re-homed by Dogs Trust, a UK charity. There were 13,338 records included in the study, representing 11,663 dogs. Data were extracted from the Dogs Trust's database between February 2001 and June 2004 representing all re-homing centres in the UK using the database during this time period. A survival analysis was conducted using Kaplan-Meier plots and multivariable Cox regression. The results of the study showed that the median time till adoption for all dogs was 28 days (95% Cl 28-29 days). The variables which affected the time till adoption were breed, purebred status, size, sex, neuter status on arrival at a centre, age, coat colour, veterinary history and re-homing centre. It was suggested that temperament could be an important risk factor but this variable had to be excluded from the multivariable analysis. Dogs from the gundog and utility breed groups and purebred dogs were re-homed at the fastest rate.

Date 2007
Publication Title Animal Welfare
Volume 16
Issue 3
Pages 353-360
ISBN/ISSN 0962-7286
Language English
Author Address The Royal Veterinary College, University of London, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hertfordshire AL9 7TA, UK.
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  1. Agencies and organizations
  2. Animal rights
  3. Animal welfare
  4. British Isles
  5. Coats
  6. Color
  7. Commonwealth of Nations
  8. data
  9. Developed countries
  10. Dogs
  11. Employees
  12. Europe
  13. Great Britain
  14. History
  15. Information
  16. Mammals
  17. OECD countries
  18. peer-reviewed
  19. Pets and companion animals
  20. pigmentation
  21. Practice and service
  22. risk factors
  23. surveys
  24. survival
  25. temperament
  26. United Kingdom
  27. veterinary history
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