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  1. Exploratory study of fecal cortisol, weight, and behavior as measures of stress and welfare in shelter cats during assimilation into families of children with autism spectrum disorder

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    | Contributor(s):: Carlisle, G. K., Johnson, R. A., Koch, C. S., Lyons, L. A., Wang, Z., Bibbo, J., Cheak-Zamora, N.

    Background: Cats are a common companion animal (CA) in US households, and many live in families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The prevalence of ASD is one in 54, and many children have behavior challenges as well as their diagnostic communication disorders. Objective:...

  2. The influence of degree of socialization and age on length of stay of shelter cats

    | Contributor(s):: Brown, William P., Stephan, Valerie L.

  3. Medical, Behavioral, and Abuse Status Characteristics: Predictors of Perceived Adoptability, Appeal, and Resource Demands of Shelter Dogs

    | Contributor(s):: King, Camille A., Smith, Thomas J., Holman, Elizabeth, Serpell, James A., Grandin, Temple

    Animal shelters commonly experience difficulties finding homes for dogs with pre-existing medical or behavioral issues. The purpose of this study was to investigate the various factors that contribute to people’s willingness to consider adopting dogs with different behavioral and medical needs...

  4. Evaluating factors influencing dog post-adoptive return in a Canadian animal shelter

    | Contributor(s):: Friend, J. R., Bench, C. J.

  5. Adoption and relinquishment interventions at the animal shelter: a review

    | Contributor(s):: Protopopova, A., Gunter, L. M.

  6. Characteristics of ex-racing greyhounds in New Zealand and their impact on re-homing

    | Contributor(s):: Thomas, J. B., Adams, N. J., Farnworth, M. J.

  7. Descriptive Texts in Dog Profiles Associated with Length of Stay Via an Online Rescue Network

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    | Contributor(s):: Mizuho Nakamura, Navneet K. Dhand, Melissa J. Starling, Paul D. McGreevy

    To increase the public’s awareness of animals needing homes, PetRescue, Australia’s largest online directory of animals in need of adoption, lists animals available from rescue and welfare shelters nationwide. The current study examined the descriptions accompanying online PetRescue...

  8. Good-looking vs. Obedient, Which Would You Rather Take Home? Appearance and Behavioral Predictors Affecting the Adoption of Shelter Dogs in Slovakia

    | Contributor(s):: Mesarcova, L., Skurkova, L., Leškova, L., Dillingerova, S., Kottferova, J., Kottferova, L.

  9. Development of existing scoring systems to assess behavioural coping in shelter cats

    | Contributor(s):: Hirsch, Elin Netti, Andersson, Maria, Loberg, Jenny, Lidfors, Lena Maria

  10. Mothers provide similar care to related and unrelated chicks in quail

    | Contributor(s):: Aigueperse, Nadège, Houdelier, Cécilia, Nicolle, Céline, Lumineau, Sophie

    Adoption is an usual procedure to experiment non-genomic influences on young development. However relatedness may be a variation factor of maternal behaviour who can recognize and/or discriminate her own young that non-related ones. Here we investigate the influence of relatedness on maternal and...

  11. The new "normal" world - post-COVID-19 pandemic

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    | Contributor(s):: Erasmo de Oliveira

    The new "normal" world - post-COVID-19 pandemicA lecture by ErasmoDEOLIVEIRABringing trustable information about the bond between humans and pets, with a wide scientific base and in language accessible to all audiences.

  12. Let's rethink our society, which recycle CANS and discards living beings

    | Contributor(s):: Erasmo de Oliveira

    “Let’s rethink our society, which recycleCANS and discards living beings”ErasmodeOliveira(Animal Defender)Adoption of stray animals is a big social medicament, a factor to increase quality of life, which solves the abandonment of animals, avoids accidents of...

  13. What Makes a Dog Adoptable? An Eye-Tracking Investigation

    | Contributor(s):: Isgate, Sara, Couchman, Justin J.

    Humans readily attribute personality and behavioral traits to dogs, and these attributions influence decisions about adoption. This study focused on how these attributions could be influenced by breed and pose by using pictures of four breeds (Doberman Pinscher, Golden Retriever, pit bull, and...

  14. Impacts of Encouraging Dog Walking on Returns of Newly Adopted Dogs to a Shelter

    | 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...

  15. Factors Influencing Time to Adoption for Dogs in a Provincial Shelter System in Canada

    | Contributor(s):: Kay, Aileigh, Coe, Jason B., Young, Ian, Pearl, David

    Millions of companion animals are relinquished to shelters each year. For each dog entering, their characteristics and the characteristics of the shelter holding him/her influence their time to adoption. Using a Cox proportional hazards frailty model, these issues were explored using data from 31...

  16. Effect of Visitor Perspective on Adoption Decisions at One Animal Shelter

    | Contributor(s):: Southland, Anastacia, Dowling-Guyer, Seana, McCobb, Emily

    This study investigated the visitor experience at one urban animal shelter. While several previous studies have examined the reasons particular nonhuman animals are chosen by adopters, few have investigated the possible reasons one would visit a shelter and leave without adopting. Over a...

  17. Effect of Adopters' Lifestyles and Animal-Care Knowledge on Their Expectations Prior to Companion-Animal Guardianship

    | 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...

  18. Attachment Anxiety and Avoidance Influence Pet Choice and Pet-directed Behaviors

    | Contributor(s):: Green, Jeffrey D., Coy, Anthony E., Mathews, Maureen A.

    Attachment theory is a useful lens through which to examine both perceptions and selection of companion animals. Study 1 compared perceptions of dogs and cats, and found that dogs were perceived as having more positive relationship qualities and secure attachment-related characteristics, whereas...

  19. Investigating Some of the Factors that Affect the Selection of Shelter Cats by Adopters in the Czech Republic

    | Contributor(s):: Kubesova, Katerina, Voslarova, Eva, Vecerek, Vladimir, Vucinic, Marijana

    Records on cat adoptions were collected from three cat shelters situated in different regions of the Czech Republic. Originally, 2,170 cats were admitted to the monitored shelters; of which 1,407 (65%) cats were adopted in the period from 2011 to 2015. Significantly (p < 0.001) greater numbers of...

  20. Adopter-dog interactions at the shelter: Behavioral and contextual predictors of adoption

    | Contributor(s):: Protopopova, Alexandra, Wynne, Clive David Lawrence

    Millions of unwanted pets enter animal shelters each year in the USA, but only a portion leave alive. Previous research has found that morphology and in-kennel behavior influence adoption. The current study evaluated whether any behaviors exhibited by dogs during an out-of-kennel interaction with...