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Animal adoption as negotiated order: a comparison of open versus traditional shelter approaches

By S. Balcom, A. Arluke

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Abstract

Recently, the sheltering community has begun to reevaluate its adoption policies and the attitudes that shelter workers have towards adopters. Some shelters are now implementing what have been termed "open" adoptions as a way of increasing the number of animals adopted into good homes, moving away from more "traditional," protective approaches. Based on in-depth interviews with, and observation of, the staff at two such shelters, this study examines how the adoption process is a negotiated order; namely, that workers in concert with each other and potential adopters figure out on a case-by-case basis how to interpret and implement formal adoption policies. Workers at both shelters similarly sorted potential adopters into various categories but relied on different strategies for influencing the outcome of the adoption process.

Date 2001
Publication Title Anthrozoos
Volume 14
Issue 3
Pages 135-150
ISBN/ISSN 0892-7936
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/089279301786999445
Language English
Author Address Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Center for Animals and Public Policy, North Grafton, Massachusetts, USA.sabanimals@aol.com
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  1. Adoption
  2. Animal housing
  3. Animal rights
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Anthrozoology
  6. Developed countries
  7. Massachusetts
  8. New England
  9. North America
  10. OECD countries
  11. Ownership
  12. peer-reviewed
  13. Pet owners.
  14. Pets and companion animals
  15. shelters
  16. United States of America
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