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  1. Gender and leadership in animal sheltering organizations

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    | Contributor(s):: Jennifer Blevins Sinski

    This study explores the connection between gender, leadership and implementation of best practice strategies to reduce or eliminate euthanasia of healthy, adoptable companion animals in animal sheltering organizations. The purpose of this mixed methods study utilizing an online survey and...

  2. Astrovirus Outbreak in an Animal Shelter Associated With Feline Vomiting

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    | Contributor(s):: Yanpeng Li, Emilia Gordon, Amanda Idle, Alvin Hui, Roxanne Chan, M. Alexis Seguin, Eric Delwart

    An outbreak of cat vomiting was observed in an animal shelter. Testing for known enteric feline pathogens did not identify a causative agent. Viral metagenomics on four mini pools of feces from cases and controls housed in the same area revealed the presence of feline astrovirus in all pools....

  3. Extreme life histories are associated with altered social behavior and cortisol levels in shelter dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Buttner, Alicia Phillips, Strasser, Rosemary

  4. Interviews with Indian Animal Shelter Staff: Similarities and Differences in Challenges and Resiliency Factors Compared to Western Counterparts

    | Contributor(s):: Srinivasa, Deyvika, Mondal, Rubina, Von Rentzell, Kai Alain, Protopopova, Alexandra

    Animal shelters in India are at the forefront of efforts to improve free-ranging dog welfare and tackle animal overpopulation. In terms of cultural and political context, access to resources, and public health challenges, they operate in a very different environment than Western counterparts....

  5. Effects of Multi-Day Music Enrichment on Salivary Cortisol and Cage Behavior in Shelter Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Stacy D. Engerbretson

    Rehoming shelters provide their animals with environmental enrichment with the expectation that modifying the physical space will improve kennel-related stress and subsequently abate undesirable behaviors. Although enrichment has shown moderate success at improving in-kennel behavior, increased...

  6. The Effects of the Human Voice on the Behavioral Indicators of Stress in Dogs Housed in an Animal Shelter

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    | Contributor(s):: Juliana M. Hypes

    Animal shelters are very stressful environments for the animals housed there. Dogs that live in shelters have been observed exhibiting stress-related behavior such as barking, pacing, aggression and fear related behaviors such as cowering. Behaviors of this nature are off-putting to prospective...

  7. FUNDoggy: Using gamification and social network services to create a mobile fundraising application for helping shelter dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Yu Ri Na

    The proliferation of new media is rapidly changing the world of philanthropy and more effective methods of raising funds and developing donor relationships must be sought. Furthermore, today’s trends indicate that the amount of giving by individuals has increased gradually, but the...

  8. Hogares sin animales

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    | Contributor(s):: Erasmo de Oliveira

    Aquí es donde mi trabajo diverge completamente de lo que se llama activismo de la Edad de Piedra o causa animal. Lea y entienda:

  9. Exploring Collaborations between Veterinarians & Rescues/Shelters

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    | Contributor(s):: Jacquie Cobb

    A survey of private practice veterinarians in the Chicago area was conducted in an effort to pinpoint what constitutes a positive relationship between a veterinarian and a rescue group or shelter. The following research questions guided this project: From the perspective of veterinarians, what...

  10. Marketing Ideas that Could Improve Adoptions and Reduce Return Rates of Dogs in Shelters in the State of Michigan

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    | Contributor(s):: Marcy Wilhelm-South, Bryan Klemett

    Dogs have always been something that attracts people’s attention. It is hard to decide whether it is their fur, their cuteness, or their personality that makes them lovable. The area I chose to conduct my research is in marketing. Since dogs are man’s best friend, what other better...

  11. The Management of Cow Shelters (Gaushalas) in India, Including the Attitudes of Shelter Managers to Cow Welfare

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    | Contributor(s):: Arvind Sharma, Catherine Schuetze, Clive J.C. Phillips

    Gaushala management is a specialized profession requiring particular skills relating to the management of cow shelters or gaushalas, which are traditional and ancient Indian institutions that shelter old, unproductive and abandoned cows, The 1800 registered cow shelters in India have managers...

  12. Behavioral rehabilitation of extremely fearful dogs: Report on the efficacy of a treatment protocol

    | Contributor(s):: Collins, Kristen, Miller, Katherine, Zverina, Lauren, Patterson-Kane, Emily, Cussen, Victoria, Reid, Pamela

  13. Do Canine and Human Personality Assessments Predict Successful Adoptions?

    | Contributor(s):: Walker, Sheryl L., Weng, Hsin-Yi, Ogata, Niwako, Anderson, Kathryn G.

  14. Intake Vaccinations Reduced Signs of Canine Respiratory Disease During an Outbreak at an Animal Shelter

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    | Contributor(s):: Allison Andrukonis, Kelsea M. Brown, Nathaniel J. Hall, Alexandra Protopopova

    Animal shelters provide an ideal environment for the spread of disease. Dogs are often housed in close quarters with others of unknown vaccine histories, and experience high levels of sustained stress. As a result, Canine Infection Respiratory Disease (CIRD) is often prevalent and difficult to...

  15. Characterizing Human–Dog Attachment Relationships in Foster and Shelter Environments as a Potential Mechanism for Achieving Mutual Wellbeing and Success

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    | Contributor(s):: Lauren E. Thielke, Monique A.R. Udell

    This study aimed to characterize attachment relationships between humans and dogs living in animal shelters or foster homes, and to contextualize these relationships in the broader canine attachment literature. In this study, 21 pairs of foster dogs and foster volunteers and 31 pairs of shelter...

  16. A Multi-Site Feasibility Assessment of Implementing a Best-Practices Meet-And-Greet Intervention in Animal Shelters in the United States

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    | Contributor(s):: Alexandra Protopopova, Kelsea M. Brown, Nathaniel J. Hall

    Animal shelters must incorporate empirically validated programs to increase life-saving measures; however, altering existing protocols is often a challenge. The current study assessed the feasibility of nine animal shelters within the United States to replicate a validated procedure for...

  17. Musical Dogs: A Review of the Influence of Auditory Enrichment on Canine Health and Behavior

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    | Contributor(s):: Abigail M. Lindig, Paul D. McGreevy, Angela J. Crean

    Music therapy yields many positive health outcomes in humans, but the effects of music on the health and welfare of nonhuman animals vary greatly with the type of music played, the ethology of the species, and the personality and learning history of individual animals. One context in which...

  18. Environmental Recovery of Nosocomial Bacteria in a Companion Animal Shelter Before and After Infection Control Procedures

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    | Contributor(s):: Sara Horsman, Hester Rynhoud, Xiaoyan Zhou, Ricardo J. Soares Magalhães, Justine S. Gibson, Erika Meler

    While the effects of cleaning and disinfection practices on the reduction of environmental nosocomial bacteria are well-established in human and large animal veterinary hospitals, how animal movements within animal health care facilities influence environmental bacterial recovery is poorly...

  19. Returning a Shelter Dog: The Role of Owner Expectations and Dog Behavior

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    | Contributor(s):: Powell, Lauren, Lee, Brittany, Reinhard, Chelsea L., Morris, Margaret, Satriale, Donya, Serpell, James, Watson, Brittany

    Millions of animals are adopted from animal shelters in the United States each year, although some are returned post-adoption, which can decrease both the animals’ chances of future adoptions and the owners’ willingness to adopt again. In this study, we investigated the impact of...

  20. Mental Health of Employees at a Canadian Animal Welfare Organization

    | Contributor(s):: Dunn, Jennifer, Best, Colleen, Pearl, David L., Jones-Bitton, Andria