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  1. Environmental Impacts of One Puppy Mill Among Many: A Case History

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    | Contributor(s):: John A. Gill

    In recent decades, the animal welfare aspects of irresponsibly-managed commercial dog-breeding businesses have attracted national attention, prompting legislative and regulatory actions. However, the environmental impacts of such businesses, also known as puppy mills, have received far less...

  2. Household demand for pet food and the ownership of cats and dogs: An analysis of a neglected component of U.S. food use

    | Contributor(s):: Malcolm J. Purvis, Daniel M. Otto

    Since 1972/3 there has been a growing realization that U.S. food production is not unlimited and that man and animals are competing for a scarce resource at the “global dining table”. Much has been made of the inefficient conversion of feedgrains by animals into animal protein for...

  3. Household pets as monitors of lead exposure to humans

    | Contributor(s):: William B. Buck, Louise Marie Cote, Philippe Berny

    A study was conducted to determine the health effects of lead-contaminated soils in dogs, cats and children residing near a secondary lead smelter. The sample sizes were 84 dogs and 26 cats in 80 households with a total of 198 humans. Animals living outside, exposed to soit were more at risk...

  4. How much is the doggie in the window- valuation for a lost pet

    | Contributor(s):: David S. Favre

  5. Human-canine relationships: Dog behavior and owner perceptions

    | Contributor(s):: Briannan K. Byrd

    Owning a dog has many physiological and psychological advantages; however, dog behavior can manifest itself in a variety of negative ways, including aggression. Research suggested that genetics and environment might play a role in aggression. It was demonstrated that owners can affect their dogs’...

  6. Independent Study 490A: Reasons for Giving Up a Dog at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa

    | Contributor(s):: Shawna L. Weimer, Anna K. Johnson, Paula Sunday, Tom Colvin

    It is important that when an owner decides to relinquish their canine that the information provided on the forms are accurate and not conflicting in detail.Therefore, the objectives of this study were to (1) identify the top three issues for why a canine is relinquished, (2) report on the...

  7. Independent Study 490A: What Were the Reasons for Why Adopters Choose a Black Dog Over Other Colors?

    | Contributor(s):: Brittney A. Carson, Anna K. Johnson, Paula Sunday, Tom Colvin

    Many animal shelters across the country have noticed that black dogs are not adopted as quickly as lighter colored dogs. This trend goes even further as a dog that is all black is not adopted as quickly as a black dog with one white toe or other small white flashing. Therefore, the objective of...

  8. No Pets Allowed: Discrimination, Homelessness, and Pet Ownership

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    | Contributor(s):: Ruby Aliment, Sara Rankin (editor), Kaya Lurie (editor)

    This brief is the first to address the particular challenges faced by pet owners experiencing homelessness, particularly as they relate to treatment by society at large, law enforcement practices, and access to housing and services. Researchers estimate that up to 25 percent of people...

  9. Of feral cats and pet cats

    | Contributor(s):: Bruce A. Vojak

    Early last summer an article in our local newspaper caught my eye. Some well-deserved visibility was given to my friend, Dick Warner (Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences), for the findings arising from his study of ferali and pet cats. Dick and his colleagues...

  10. Pet-Keeping in American Material Culture and Identity Formation

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    | Contributor(s):: Heather Frigiola

    Companion animals are a unique and complex part of American culture. They are frequently regarded as family members, yet legally they are considered property and are often obtained with an exchanged of money. As with other consumer goods, pets are culturally imbued with symbolism and are used by...

  11. Pets and the Aging: Science Supports the Human-Animal Bond

    In April 2003, PAWSitive InterAction held its second annual educational summit — “Think PAWSitive! 2003: Pets and The Aging” — in Atlanta, Georgia, to explore current scientific thinking about the important role pets play in the lives of people as they grow older. With 76...

  12. Practitioner Attitudes and Beliefs Regarding the Role Animals Play in Human Health

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    | Contributor(s):: Felicia Trembath

    Many studies have evaluated the effectiveness of animals in improving patient outcomes, such as their ability to improve cardiovascular health or alleviate depression symptoms. However, little research has been done to evaluate the beliefs of practitioners about the role that animals can...

  13. Prison Animal Programs: A Brief Review of the Literature

    | Contributor(s):: Rhiana Kohl

    Since the inception of canine training programs in correctional facilities during the 1980s, evidence of effectiveness has been unexplored, leaving the questions of correctional staff and researchers alike unanswered. Systematic research exploring the long term effects of such programming has...

  14. So You Have A Dog?

    | Contributor(s):: Donald Irwin Craig, Donald I. Craig

    Responsibilities of dog ownership and benefits of a family dog.

  15. Stress in Pet Owners and Non-Pet Owners

    | Contributor(s):: Jill A. Kraus

    It has previously been suggested that pet ownership is associated with lower levels of stress. In the current study, this association was tested, while controlling stressful life experiences and social support, and the limits of this association were examined. It was expected that...

  16. Studies to assess the effect of pet training aids, specifically remote static pulse systems, on the welfare of domestic dogs: field study of dogs in training

    | Contributor(s):: Jonathan Cooper, Nina Cracknell, Jessica Hardiman, Daniel Mills

    The project had a single aim, namely to assess the impact of use of remote static pulse electric training aids (e-collars) during the training of dogs in comparison to dogs referred for similar behavioural problems but without e-collar training. The specific objective was to use appropriate...

  17. The Connection between Animal Abuse and Family Violence: A Selected Annotated Bibliography

    | Contributor(s):: Sharon L. Nelson

    This selected annotated bibliography assembles legal and social literature that examines the link between domestic violence and animal abuse. Drawing from an ever-growing body of written works dedicated to the issue, the bibliography presents the works that are most informative and useful to the...

  18. The interaction of the pantaneiro man with his horse.

    | Contributor(s):: RS Juliano, SA Santos, UGP de Abreu, Rams Silva, MTBD Araujo

    The importance of the Pantaneiro horse for the man who lives in the field, creating and working the cattle, is evident and it is an interface of pantanal everyday life, still little studied, under the specific perspective of science. The text brings information from the literature and from...

  19. The Use of Dogs in Hospital Settings

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    | Contributor(s):: Amy McCullough, Ashleigh Ruehrdanz, Molly Jenkins

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015), over 35 million people are hospitalized in the U.S. every year. Many hospitals across the country have incorporated animal programs, such as “animalassisted therapy” (AAT), “animal-assisted activities”...

  20. The use of electric pulse training aids (EPTAs) in companion animals

    | Contributor(s):: Daniel Mills, Ernest Soulsby, Anne McBride, David Lamb, David Morton, Sean Wesley, Charles Deeming, L. Dixon, D. Foster

    There is currently little regulation of training and behaviour modification processes in the UK (CAWC 2008) besides measures enshrined in the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and a voluntary Code of Practice launched in 2010 (see: http://www.cawc.org.uk/080603.pdf). This Code is consistent with current UK...