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  1. Good-looking vs. Obedient, Which Would You Rather Take Home? Appearance and Behavioral Predictors Affecting the Adoption of Shelter Dogs in Slovakia

    Contributor(s):: Mesarcova, L., Skurkova, L., Leškova, L., Dillingerova, S., Kottferova, J., Kottferova, L.

  2. Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks: Using the Academic Classroom to Improve the Adoption Outcomes of 10 Shelter Dogs

    Contributor(s):: Flaisher-Grinberg, Shlomit

  3. Hair Cortisol in Sheltered Cows and Its Association with Other Welfare Indicators

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    | Contributor(s):: Arvind Sharma, Govindhaswamy Umapathy, Vinod Kumar, Clive J. C. Phillips

    India, the country with the largest population of dairy cows in the world, has a policy of retiring abandoned and non-lactating cows in shelters, but the level of provision for their welfare in these shelters is unclear. Cows in 54 shelters across India were assessed for historic evidence of...

  4. Development of existing scoring systems to assess behavioural coping in shelter cats

    | Contributor(s):: Hirsch, Elin Netti, Andersson, Maria, Loberg, Jenny, Lidfors, Lena Maria

  5. Hiker Narratives of Living among Bears on the Appalachian Trail

    | Contributor(s):: Marx, K.

  6. Socio-Economic Factors in Companion Animal Relinquishment on the Sunshine Coast, Australia

    | Contributor(s):: Carter, J., Taylor, C. S.

  7. 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...

  8. Manejo de doenças infecciosas em gatos de abrigos

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    | Contributor(s):: Leticia Rodrigues Lopes

    O presente trabalho aborda o manejo de doenças infecciosas em abrigos de felinos. É importante entender e controlar alguns fatores básicos que predispoem as doenças infeciosas. Os principais fatores são: estresse, densidade populacional e...

  9. Survey of Massachusetts Animal Shelter Record-Keeping Practices in 2015

    | Contributor(s):: Vinic, Theresa, Dowling-Guyer, Seana, Lindenmayer, Joann, Lindsay, Anne, Panofsky, Richard, McCobb, Emily

    The animal sheltering industry lacks standardized methods of data collection and analysis. The resulting lack of available data limits our understanding of the homeless animal population. The objective of this study was to better understand record-keeping practices and attitudes toward shelter...

  10. Anthrozoology in Action: Performing Cognitive Training Paths in a Garden Shelter to Make Dogs More Suitable as Pets

    | Contributor(s):: Vitulli, V., Zanin, L., Trentini, R., Lucidi, P.

  11. Lameness in Sheltered Cows and Its Association with Cow and Shelter Attributes

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

    The sheltering of old, unproductive and abandoned cows in traditional cow shelters, known as gaushalas, has been practiced in India since ancient times. Cows are kept in these shelters until they die of natural causes. The welfare of the cows in these shelters was assessed through a...

  12. Effect of Pets on Human Behavior and Stress in Disaster

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    | Contributor(s):: Aki Tanaka, Jun Saeki, Shin-ichi Hayama, Philip H. Kass

    Animal-related consequences were not anticipated in disaster preparedness planning in Japan at the time of its massive earthquakes in 2011. Evacuation failure was quite common due to pet ownership in this disaster. Public attention to the welfare of affected animals in this disaster triggered an...

  13. Safewalk: Improving Enrichment and Adoption Rates for Shelter Dogs by Changing Human Behavior

    | Contributor(s):: Bright, Terri M., Hadden, Louise

    Shelter dogs are typically cared for by staff and volunteers. At the Boston location of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, prior to 2009, any member of the public who was older than 16 years of age and attended 1 orientation could walk dogs available for adoption....

  14. Instituting Dark-Colored Cover to Improve Central Space Use Within Guinea Pig Enclosure

    | Contributor(s):: Byrd, Charles P., Winnicker, Christina, Gaskill, Brianna N.

    Domestic guinea pigs (Cavia aperea f. porcellus) in laboratories have been shown to actively avoid the centers of their cages. This experiment tested a novel, dark-colored “shader” placed over the central portion of a cage. Based on the observed behavior of wild guinea pig species, it was...

  15. Impacts of Encouraging Dog Walking on Returns of Newly Adopted Dogs to a Shelter

    | Contributor(s):: Gunter, Lisa, Protopopova, Alexandra, Hooker, Steven P., Ananian, Cheryl Der, Wynne, Clive D. L.

    This study involved examining the ability of a postadoption intervention to reduce returns of newly adopted dogs to shelters by encouraging physical activity between adopters and their dogs. Guardians in the intervention group received emails with dog behavior and human activity advice as well as...

  16. Effect of Capacity for Care on cat admission trends at the Guelph Humane Society, 2011–2015

    | Contributor(s):: Janke, Natasha, Berke, Olaf, Klement, Eyal, Flockhart, D. T. Tyler, Coe, Jason, Bateman, Shane

    In recent years, there has been a growing concern regarding populations of cats who are homeless. Shelters are constantly overwhelmed by the influx of cats without caregivers and are seeking solutions to enhance positive outcomes for them. In 2014, the Guelph Humane Society implemented a...

  17. Characteristics of Cats Admitted to Czech Shelters

    | Contributor(s):: Voslarova, Eva, Kubesova, Katerina, Vecerek, Vladimir

    The aim of this study was to describe the numbers and characteristics of cats entering Czech shelters. Records of sheltered cats were collected from three cat shelters situated in different regions of the Czech Republic from 2011 to 2015. A total of 2170 cat admissions were analyzed in this...

  18. Analysis of Factors Relating to Companion Rabbits Relinquished to Two United Kingdom Rehoming Centers

    | Contributor(s):: Ellis, Clare F., McCormick, Wanda, Tinarwo, Ambrose

    Rabbits are a common companion animal in the United Kingdom, and some reports have suggested that large numbers are relinquished to rehoming centers each year. This study aimed to investigate the characteristics of rabbits relinquished to 2 UK rehoming centers and explore reasons given for...

  19. Will a hiding box provide stress reduction for shelter cats?

    | Contributor(s):: Vinke, C. M., Godijn, L. M., van der Leij, W. J. R.

    Domestic cats (Felis sylvestris catus) can experience serious stress in shelters. Stressful experiences can have a major impact on the cats’ welfare and may cause higher incidences of infectious diseases in the shelters due to raised cortisol levels causing immunodeficiency. Though several...

  20. Development and validation of a quality of life assessment tool for use in kennelled dogs (Canis familiaris)

    | Contributor(s):: Kiddie, Jenna L., Collins, Lisa M.

    There is currently no objective and validated quality of life assessment tool available to assess the quality of life of domestic dogs in kennels. This study aimed to develop a validated scoring system to assess the quality of life of dogs kennelled in rehoming centres. Objective animal-based...