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  1. Dog Welfare, Well-Being and Behavior: Considerations for Selection, Evaluation and Suitability for Animal-Assisted Therapy

    Contributor(s):: Winkle, M., Johnson, A., Mills, D.

  2. Human Helping of Animals: What Motivates It?

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    Contributor(s):: Lauren E. Highfill, Mark H. Davis

    While considerable research has been carried out to understand helping offered to other humans, relatively little research has focused specifically on the motivations underlying helping for animals. It is possible that the social psychological helping literature may help shed light on the...

  3. Homelessness and Animal Companionship in Bloomington, Indiana

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    Contributor(s):: Christine H. Kim

    This study is the first to examine Bloomington, IN's subpopulation of people experiencing homelessness with animals. To understand this subpopulation's basic demographics, social service needs, and existing resources, eight families were recruited for the study from a service fair...

  4. Dogs and Their Owners Have Frequent and Intensive Contact

    Contributor(s):: Joosten, P., Van Cleven, A., Sarrazin, S., Paepe, D., De Sutter, A., Dewulf, J.

  5. When the Bond Breaks: Variables Associated with Grief Following Companion Animal Loss

    Contributor(s):: Cowling, Dawn M., Isenstein, Sari G. E., Schneider, Margaret S.

    This research used an online quantitative survey to investigate variables related to grief following pet loss. These included type of relationship, animal species, amount of time since death, cause of death, attachment, and social support. We also examined emotions hypothesized to be associated...

  6. Association between Pet Ownership and Obesity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

    Contributor(s):: Miyake, K., Kito, K., Kotemori, A., Sasaki, K., Yamamoto, J., Otagiri, Y., Nagasawa, M., Kuze-Arata, S., Mogi, K., Kikusui, T., Ishihara, J.

  7. Patient Opinion of Visiting Therapy Dogs in a Hospital Emergency Department

    Contributor(s):: Reddekopp, J., Dell, C. A., Rohr, B., Fornssler, B., Gibson, M., Carey, B., Stempien, J.

  8. The Concerns, Difficulties, and Stressors of Caring for Pets during COVID-19: Results from a Large Survey of U.S. Pet Owners

    Contributor(s):: Applebaum, J. W., Tomlinson, C. A., Matijczak, A., McDonald, S. E., Zsembik, B. A.

  9. The Pet-Effect in Daily Life: An Experience Sampling Study on Emotional Wellbeing in Pet Owners

    Contributor(s):: Janssens, Mayke, Eshuis, Jannes, Peeters, Sanne, Lataster, Johan, Reijnders, Jennifer, Enders-Slegers, Marie-Jose, Jacobs, Nele

    The relationship between companion animal ownership and wellbeing has received an increasing amount of scientific attention over the last few decades. Although the general assumption is that individuals benefit from the presence of companion animals (termed the “pet-effect”), recent evidence...

  10. Pet Attachment in the Context of Family Conflict

    Contributor(s):: Applebaum, Jennifer W., Zsembik, Barbara A.

    Previous research shows that companion animals can have a positive effect on their owner’s health and may also serve as a buffer to stress. Despite this, few studies have investigated the role of the pet in adverse or tumultuous family circumstances. In this study, we explored whether reported...

  11. Sleep Duration and Behaviours: A Descriptive Analysis of a Cohort of Dogs up to 12 Months of Age

    Contributor(s):: Kinsman, R., Owczarczak-Garstecka, S., Casey, R., Knowles, T., Tasker, S., Woodward, J., Da Costa, R., Murray, J.

  12. A One Health Perspective on the Human-Companion Animal Relationship with Emphasis on Zoonotic Aspects

    Contributor(s):: Overgaauw, P. A. M., Vinke, C. M., Hagen, Maev, Lipman, L. J. A.

  13. Exploring pet owners' experiences and self-reported satisfaction and grief following companion animal euthanasia

    Contributor(s):: Matte, A. R., Khosa, D. K., Coe, J. B., Meehan, M., Niel, L.

  14. Adult separation anxiety disorder: The human-animal bond

    Contributor(s):: Dowsett, Elisha, Delfabbro, Paul, Chur-Hansen, Anna

  15. The Spillover Effect of a Flood on Pets and Their People: Implications for Rental Housing

    Contributor(s):: Graham, Taryn M., Rock, Melanie J.

    When disasters strike, companion animals (pets) matter. Emergency planning for them is a key aspect of disaster preparedness, especially considering that people may delay evacuation out of concern for their pets. Temporary boarding options for pets are important; however, caregivers (owners) must...

  16. Race and ethnicity are not primary determinants in utilizing veterinary services in underserved communities in the United States

    Contributor(s):: Sparks, Jessica L. Decker, Camacho, Bridget, Tedeschi, Philip, Morris, Kevin N.

    A retrospective database analysis (2011–2015) evaluated associations between race and ethnicity and veterinary service utilization by sampling 83,260 companion animals whose guardians (owners) self-identified as White, Black, or Latino/a from 39 Humane Society of the United States Pets for Life...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. Companion-Animal Caregiver Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs Regarding End-of-Life Care

    Contributor(s):: Heuberger, Roschelle A., Pierce, Jessica

    Although awareness of end-of-life care is growing within the veterinary field and there appears to be consumer demand for these services, it is unclear exactly what caregivers know about end-of-life options for their companion animals. Are companion-animal caregivers aware of the range of options...

  20. Companion Animals in Natural Disasters: A Scoping Review of Scholarly Sources

    Contributor(s):: Travers, Cheryl, Degeling, Chris, Rock, Melanie

    During a disaster, people may make evacuation decisions based on their companion animal’s welfare, therefore exposing themselves, their companion animals, and emergency responders to increased risk for injury or death. The loss and suffering of companion animals in disasters causes deep distress,...