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  1. Evaluating the physical welfare of dogs in commercial breeding facilities in the United States

    Contributor(s):: Moriah J. Hurt, Candace Croney (adviser)

    Despite high levels of public concern, the state of commercial breeding (CB) dog welfare is largely unknown. Therefore, this study aimed to characterize the physical welfare of dogs in CB facilities and their environment in Indiana. This study specifically aimed 1) to characterize dog foot...

  2. Determining the Effect of Visitor Group Size and Other Variables on the Behavior of Orangutans at the Oregon Zoo as a Measure of Welfare

    Contributor(s):: Katie Osborn, Kaytlynn Fyock, Randy Zelick (adviser)

    The Oregon Zoo is home to many exotic animals, including Bornean and Sumatran orangutans. They live in a relatively new naturalistic exhibit and are subject to large volumes of visitor traffic throughout the day. This is a pilot study to determine the variables and details necessary to conduct a...

  3. White Blood Cell Counts, Parasite Prevalence, and Plasma Cortisol Levels of Dogs in a County Animal Shelter: Changes over Days and Impact of a Program of Repeated Human Interaction

    Contributor(s):: Emily S. Dudley

    Animal shelter housing is highly stressful for a dog, compromising welfare and leading to undesirable behaviors and unknown health consequences. We documented the changes in circulating numbers of white blood cells, plasma cortisol, and fecal parasite shedding of dogs housed for 10 days at a...

  4. Unzoo: creating conservational conscience - a progressive development scheme for Johannesburg Zoo

    Contributor(s):: Bronwyn Anne Allcock

    Humans and animals have a diverse and complex set of relationships but their inextricable narratives of development leave them interdependent. By understanding the human fascination with other living beings, in conjunction with our responsibility of preserving the planet, the importance of...

  5. Companion animals as being-objects: the role of the self/other binary in the human-animal bond

    Contributor(s):: Amanda Kelly Reed

    This research project is an investigation into the human-dog bond and the practice of pet adoption and pet surrender at the East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control Center. The human-dog bond is an excellent vehicle for an investigation into how we create categories of other because it is a highly...

  6. Paws in the sand: the emergence and development of the use of canids in the funerary practice of the ancient Egyptians(ca. 5000 BC – 395 AD) : a thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy

    Contributor(s):: Mary Louise Hartley

    This research investigates the nature and scope of the inclusion of canids/dogs in the funerary practice of the ancient Egyptians. Canids used in a mortuary context are well known, due mainly to the use of canids in the later votive context. However, the first documented evidence of actual...

  7. Investigating Attachment Behavior in Shelter Dogs

    Contributor(s):: Anamarie Johnson

    The strength and nature of the social connection between humans and dogs is a product of a long history of domestication. This study, conducted at a municipal shelter in Northern California using a modified Strange Situation Test, investigated the hypothesis that human-dog interactions will...

  8. Summarizing Research on Companion Animal Population Dynamics and Control Practices, and Exploring Factors Impacting Dogs' Time to Adoption in a Shelter System

    Contributor(s):: Aileigh Kay

    A scoping review was conducted to identify all globally published literature investigating population dynamics and control practices of companion animals. There were 7810 unique citations initially identified, 869 articles (450 primary research and 419 reviews) were confirmed relevant. Most...

  9. Creating an Effective Shelter Intake Form to Reduce Owner Surrender

    Contributor(s):: Sandra Nichole Tongg

    Animal shelters in the United States have evolved from basic bare bones facilities with inhumane culling practices, to today’s more socially complex, organized and compassionate sheltering system. Over time improvements have focused on decreasing the suffering of companion animals as well...

  10. Human-Animal Communication in Captive Species: Dogs, Horses, and Whales

    Contributor(s):: Mackenzie K. Kelley

    My hopes for this project are to collect and analyze the current research in the field of animal communication. In the first part, my goal is to define animal communication, specifically within human contexts. I will look at how the history of humans and certain species have intertwined to result...

  11. Saving Animals: Everyday Practices of Care and Rescue in the US Animal Sanctuary Movement

    Contributor(s):: Elan L. Abrell

    This multi-sited ethnography of the US animal sanctuary movement is based on 24 months of research at a range of animal rescue facilities, including a companion animal shelter in Texas, exotic animal sanctuaries in Florida and Hawaii, and a farm animal sanctuary in New York. In the last three...

  12. Exploring Attitudes Toward Euthanasia Among Shelter Workers and Volunteers in Japan and the U.S.

    Contributor(s):: Maho Cavalier

    Conflicts between foreign and Japanese volunteers concerning decisions to euthanize animals that are in terminal condition were noted during anecdotal observation by this author at a Japanese animal rescue shelter. Thus, this research was undertaken to explore attitudes of shelter staff in Japan....

  13. Reusing Abandoned Zoos: A Progressive Approach to Human-Animal Relationship

    Contributor(s):: Dana Abdallah

    Zoos are no longer a vital part of our society today, due to their inability to adapt to current animal welfare standards a significant number have been closed and lie vacant, sometimes in dense urban setting. This thesis will tackle the problem of the abandoned zoo, adapting this institution to...

  14. Valoración del carácter y el bienestar animal en un albergue canino municipal

    Contributor(s):: David José Menor Campos

    En este trabajo se procede a la adaptación e implementación de un test de comportamiento canino, en el albergue canino municipal de Córdoba, España. El test está formado por 17 de las pruebas más frecuentes en la literatura científica, adaptadas a...

  15. Expenditure tendencies of pet owner: influence of pet utilities

    Contributor(s):: Chung-Hui Tu

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  16. The handling of stray dogs in Norway and Hungary : The operation of Budadogs

    Contributor(s):: Caroline Holtet

    Many countries in Europe have so called stray dogs,Hungary is one of them. Norway does not have a problem with stray dogs due to a well function society, strict animal welfare law and generally high standard of living, so the term “stray dog” is not in use in Norway. The aim of my...

  17. Digital dog shelter application

    Contributor(s):: Taryn Bzdick

    Pet overpopulation has been a major issue for a long time. Hundreds of thousands of dogs are in shelters all over the country who desperately need homes. When looking up these dogs on shelter web sites it is common to find a small blurb and a low quality photograph in a poorly designed...

  18. Social Dynamics and Space Utility of Domestic Cats Felis Silverstris Catus) In Animal Shelters

    Contributor(s):: Ng Yi Hui Eunice

    Animal shelters traditionally have a constant flux of new cat additions and cats leaving the shelter via adoptions. As a result, shelter cats are unable to form stable hierarchies or relationships, and are often subjected to stressful social situations on top of the confining housing conditions....

  19. Mobile shelter for animals in case of emergency

    Contributor(s):: Luis Diego Valerio Bermudez

  20. Feasibility of a volunteer dog-walking program for high school students and shelter dogs in Chico, California

    Contributor(s):: Danielle Allred

    Dog-walking is gaining recognition as a way of combating sedentary lifestyles. Dog owners who walk their dogs are more likely to meet physical activity standards recommended by the Center for Disease Control, and studies have shown positive benefits resulting from animal interaction, including...