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  1. Family Member, Best Friend, Child or 'Just' a Pet, Owners' Relationship Perceptions and Consequences for Their Cats

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    | Contributor(s):: Bouma, E. M. C., Reijgwart, M. L., Dijkstra, A.

    Describing the relationship with one's cat in human terms might reflect an underlying anthropomorphic view of the relationship which might be associated with an owner's behavior towards their cat and the cat's living environment. Owners self-categorized the relationship with their cat...

  2. Human Positioning in Close-Encounter Photographs and the Effect on Public Perceptions of Zoo Animals

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    | Contributor(s):: Shaw, M. N., McLeod, E. M., Borrie, W. T., Miller, K. K.

    With the rising popularity of social media, conservation organisations and zoos need to understand its impact on public perceptions of the animals they house and their role in conservation. In addition, many zoos offer close-encounter experiences, and visitors frequently share images from these...

  3. Pilot study of the influence of equine assisted therapy on physiological and behavioral parameters related to welfare of horses and patients

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    | Contributor(s):: Dolores Ayala, M., Carrillo, A., Iniesta, P., Ferrer, P.

    Different welfare indicators were studied in three patients with psychomotor alterations and in two horses throughout 9-10 equine assisted therapy sessions in each patient. In horses, heart and respiratory rates, blood pressure, temperature and behavioral signs were studied. In patients, heart...

  4. Relinquishing owners underestimate their dog's behavioral problems: deception or lack of knowledge?

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    | Contributor(s):: Powell, L., Duffy, D. L., Kruger, K. A., Watson, B., Serpell, J. A.

    Undesirable behavior is a leading cause of canine relinquishment. Relinquishing owners could provide valuable information about their dog's behavior, although the reliability of their reports has been questioned by the sheltering community. This study aimed to investigate (a) whether...

  5. Feasibility and reliability of the AWIN welfare assessment protocol for dairy goats in semi-extensive farming conditions

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    | Contributor(s):: Battini, M., Renna, M., Giammarino, M., Battaglini, L., Mattiello, S.

    The aim of this study was to test the feasibility and reliability of the Animal Welfare Indicators (AWIN) protocol for welfare assessment of dairy goats when applied to semi-extensive farming conditions. We recruited 13 farms located in the NW Italian Alps where three assessors individually and...

  6. Volunteers' demographics that affect the human-dog interaction during walks in a shelter

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    | Contributor(s):: Shih, H. Y., Paterson, M. B. A., Pachana, N. A., Phillips, C. J. C.

    Different people relate to dogs in different ways. We investigated differences between volunteers in their behavioural interactions with shelter dogs when they were walked on a leash. Cameras were used to record and quantify the behaviour of volunteers and a leash tension metre was used to...

  7. Coping with human-cat interactions beyond the limits of domesticity: moral pluralism in the management of cats and wildlife

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    | Contributor(s):: Wandesforde-Smith, G., Levy, J. K., Lynn, W., Rand, J., Riley, S., Schaffner, J. E., Wolf, P. J.

    Although human interactions with cats are often even typically analyzed in the context of domesticity, with a focus on what sorts of interactions might make both people and cats "happy at home," a large number of cats in the world live, for one reason or another, beyond the bounds of...

  8. The urinary hormonal state of cats associated with social interaction with humans

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    | Contributor(s):: Nagasawa, T., Ohta, M., Uchiyama, H.

    Research to assess the relationship between cats and humans is in a nascent stage. Some studies have assessed the stress status in cats using physiological indicators, such as the cortisol hormone, but have not focused on the social interaction with humans. Moreover, the role of oxytocin...

  9. Community attitudes reflect reporting rates and prevalence of animal mistreatment

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    | Contributor(s):: Glanville, C., Ford, J., Cook, R., Coleman, G. J.

    Community attitudes toward the treatment of animals are important to understand for the development of intervention programs to prevent mistreatment. We aimed to investigate whether previously identified differences between local government areas (LGAs) in the rates of animal mistreatment...

  10. Exploring the relationship between human social deprivation and animal surrender to shelters in British Columbia, Canada

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    | Contributor(s):: Ly, L. H., Gordon, E., Protopopova, A.

    Previous studies identify owner-related issues, such as cost and housing, as common reasons for relinquishment of companion animals to animal shelters. It is likely that the burden of surrendering for owner-related reasons falls on those who are socially vulnerable (e.g., low income,...

  11. The mechanics of social interactions between cats and their owners

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    | Contributor(s):: Turner, D. C.

    This is a mini review that summarizes what is known from quantitative observational studies of social interactions between domestic cats and humans in both laboratory colonies and the home setting. Only results from data that have been statistically analyzed are included; hypotheses still to be...

  12. 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:...

  13. “Rabbit Rescuers”: A School-Based Animal Welfare Education Intervention for Young Children

    | Contributor(s):: Williams, Joanne M., Cardoso, Mayra Padilla, Zumaglini, Silvia, Finney, Amy L., Knoll, Monja A.

  14. Development of a fixed list of terms for qualitative behavioural assessment of brown bear (Ursus arctos) in Sanctuaries

    | Contributor(s):: Stagni, Elena, Brscic, Marta, Contiero, Barbara, Kirchner, Marlene, Sequeira, Sara, Hartmann, Sabine

  15. Environmental values and Americans' beliefs about farm animal well-being

    | Contributor(s):: Mark, Suchyta

  16. COVID 19 - induced stress in dogs owned by elderly people

    | Contributor(s):: Malancus, R. N.

  17. Why does lifelong conventional housing reduce the sociability of female mice?

    | Contributor(s):: Kitchenham, Lindsey, Nazal, Basma, Adcock, Aimee, Nip, Emma, MacLellan, Aileen, Mason, Georgia

  18. Educating dog owners: how owner-dog interactions can benefit from addressing the human caregiving system and dog-directed parenting styles

    | Contributor(s):: Herwijnen, I. R. van

  19. The role of hormones during equine-assisted activity and therapy: a literature review

    | Contributor(s):: Ferlazzo, A., Fazio, E., Cravana, C., Medica, P.

  20. Titrating the preferences of altered lighting against temperature in female CD-1 laboratory mice, Mus musculus

    | Contributor(s):: Davis, Haley J., Barabas, Amanda J., Gaskill, Brianna N.