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  1. A Friend in Prison: Human-Animal Bond, Stress and Self-Esteem of Detained Juveniles in Dutch Cell Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Karkdijk, Esther M., Duindam, Hanne M., Deković, Maja, Creemers, Hanneke E., Asscher, Jessica J.

    This study examined to what extent the human–animal bond (HAB) had a positive impact on stress and self-esteem among detained juveniles participating in the prison-based dog training program Dutch Cell Dogs (DCD). Participants were 75 detained juveniles (mean age = 19.5, 86.7% male)....

  2. The Implications of Policies on the Welfare of Free-Roaming Cats in New Zealand

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    | Contributor(s):: Sumner, Christine L., Walker, Jessica K., Dale, Arnja R.

    A lack of national legislation for cat management in New Zealand poses challenges for ensuring that practices are consistently humane and effective. In this paper, we review the current cat management policies in New Zealand and the implications they have on the welfare of free-roaming cats...

  3. A Measurement Equivalence Study of the Family Bondedness Scale: Measurement Equivalence Between Cat and Dog Owners

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    | Contributor(s):: Nugent, W. R., Daugherty, L.

    About 38.4% of U.S. households include a dog, and 25.4% a cat, as pets, and a recent poll suggested over 90% of pet owners feel their companion animal is a family member. Numerous studies have suggested pet ownership has physical, mental, and social health benefits, though much of this research...

  4. Pet Ownership and Quality of Life: A Systematic Review of the Literature

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    | Contributor(s):: Scoresby, K. J., Strand, E. B., Ng, Z., Brown, K. C., Stilz, C. R., Strobel, K., Barroso, C. S., Souza, M.

    Pet ownership is the most common form of human-animal interaction, and anecdotally, pet ownership can lead to improved physical and mental health for owners. However, scant research is available validating these claims. This study aimed to review the recent peer reviewed literature to better...

  5. 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...

  6. A Social-Emotional Learning Program for Suicide Prevention through Animal-Assisted Intervention

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    | Contributor(s):: Muela, A., Balluerka, N., Sansinenea, E., Machimbarrena, J. M., García-Ormaza, J., Ibarretxe, N., Eguren, A., Baigorri, P.

    The aim of the study was to carry out a pilot implementation and evaluation of the OverCome-AAI program, a pioneering program for the prevention of suicidal behavior through animal-assisted interventions for young people with high risk factors for suicidal behavior. The study sample consisted...

  7. Assessing the Impact of a Virtual Shelter Medicine Rotation on Veterinary Students' Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes Regarding Access to Veterinary Care

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    | Contributor(s):: Hoffman, C. L., Spencer, T. G., Makolinski, K. V.

    Strong bonds commonly form between companion animals and people of all socio-demographic backgrounds, yet many pet owners face numerous barriers to accessing veterinary care for their companion animals. For example, they may have difficulties paying for care; they may lack veterinary practices...

  8. Psychometric Evaluation of the Comfort from Companion Animals Scale in a Sexual and Gender Minority Sample

    | Contributor(s):: Tomlinson, Camie A., Pittman, Sarah K., Murphy, Jennifer L., Matijczak, Angela, McDonald, Shelby E.

  9. Caring for the Animal Caregiver-Occupational Health, Human-Animal Bond and Compassion Fatigue

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    | Contributor(s):: Van Hooser, J. P., Pekow, C., Nguyen, H. M., D'Urso, D. M., Kerner, S. E., Thompson-Iritani, S.

    Laboratory Animal Professionals experience many positive and rewarding interactions when caring for and working with research animals. However, these professionals also may experience conflicting feelings and exhaustion when the work is stressful due to factors such as limited resources, making...

  10. Editorial: Our Canine Connection: The History, Benefits and Future of Human-Dog Interactions

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    | Contributor(s):: Strauss, E. G., McCune, S., MacLean, E., Fine, A.

    2021 Front Vet Sci 8 784491 2297-1769 (Print)2297-1769 10.3389/fvets.2021.784491 eng The Center for Urban Resilience, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, United States.School of Psychology, School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, United Kingdom.Animal Matters...

  11. An Exploratory Study of Veterinary Professionals' Self-Reported Support of Bereaved Clients Before, During, and After Companion Animal Euthanasia in Southwestern Ontario, Canada

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

  12. A qualitative content analysis of an online forum for people with kidney disease: Exploring the role of companion and non-companion animals

    | Contributor(s):: Jackson, T., Chur-Hansen, A., Duncanson, E., Jesudason, S.

  13. Barriers to Care in Veterinary Services: Lessons Learned From Low-Income Pet Guardians' Experiences at Private Clinics and Hospitals During COVID-19

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    | Contributor(s):: Morris, A., Wu, H., Morales, C.

    This qualitative study aimed to explore the experiences of low-income pet guardians in accessing veterinary care during COVID-19. Participants were recruited through a purposive sampling method: 12 individuals who applied to and met the low-income threshold to access support for veterinary fees...

  14. Handlers' Expectations and Perceived Compatibility regarding the Partnership with Their First Guide Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Lloyd, J., Budge, C., Stafford, K.

    The main function of a guide dog is as a mobility aid, but they can also fulfill psychosocial roles as companions, social facilitators, and objects/providers of affection. This study examined the outcome of 50 peoples' (handlers) partnerships with their first guide dog. Overall compatibility...

  15. Dog Parks as an Institutional Resource for Social Capital in the Urban Neighborhood

    | Contributor(s):: Vincent, Aviva

  16. Effect of COVID-19 on Pet Food Bank Servicing: Quantifying Numbers of Clients Serviced in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside, British Columbia, Canada

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    | Contributor(s):: Schor, M., Protopopova, A.

    Previous research has focused on the benefits and difficulties of pet ownership in people, who are experiencing homelessness. However, many pet services, such as pet food banks, serve a more varied population of people. Furthermore, the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has not been documented...

  17. The Impact of Pet Care Needs on Medical Decision-Making among Hospitalized Patients: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Patient Experience

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    | Contributor(s):: Polick, C. S., Applebaum, J. W., Hanna, C., Jackson, D., 2nd, Tsaras-Schumacher, S., Hawkins, R., Conceicao, A., O'Brien, L. M., Chervin, R. D., Braley, T. J.

    Hospital-based protocols to support pet care needs for hospitalized patients may have potential to benefit patient health and wellbeing, but must be informed by experiences of hospitalized pet owners. The aim of this study was to determine the scope and need for pet care services among...

  18. Understanding the Attachment Dimension of Human-animal Bond within A Homeless Population: A One-Health Initiative in the Student Health Outreach for Wellness (SHOW) Clinic

    | Contributor(s):: Yang, Hongwei, Howarth, Amber, Hansen, Steven R., Harrell, Liz, Thatcher, Craig D.

  19. Love, fear, and the human-animal bond: On adversity and multispecies relationships

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    | Contributor(s):: Applebaum, J. W., MacLean, E. L., McDonald, S. E.

    Love and strong social bonds are known buffers in the experience of adversity. Humans often form strong bonds with non-human animals. The human-animal bond refers to a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between humans and non-human animals. Previous research suggests that strong bonds...

  20. Companion Animals as Buffer against the Impact of Stress on Affect: An Experience Sampling Study

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    | Contributor(s):: Janssens, M., Janssens, E., Eshuis, J., Lataster, J., Simons, M., Reijnders, J., Jacobs, N.

    Companion animals have been identified as a unique source of social support and as contributors to mental wellbeing. This study uses the Experience Sampling Method to test whether this effect is due to stress-buffering. A total of 159 dog and cat owners responded to a series of randomly...