Problems of the Pets Industry in Japan | Mari Quintana | TEDxDoshishaU
| Contributor(s):: Mari Quintana
An Evaluation of Respondent Conditioning Procedures to Decrease Barking in an Animal Shelter
| Contributor(s):: Steven Wade Payne, Kian S Assemi
A common problem behavior in animal shelters is excessive noise from barking, which can regularly exceed 100dBs. Noise levels in animal shelters are correlated with increased stress in dogs, which may lead to increased problem behavior and a decrease in adoption. The purpose of the...
The Health Implications of Employment in Non-Profit Animal Care In Eastern North Carolina: A Phenomenological Exploration
| Contributor(s):: Sierra Nicole Fountain
Given a dearth of literature regarding animal care workers in non-profit settings, all of whom potentially face health-related risks, a need existed to explore these individuals' collective lived experiences and perceptions. The purpose of this study was to describe non-profit animal care...
Building a Humane Community | Nadia Novik | TEDxSunValley
| Contributor(s):: Nadia Novik
There is a human element to animal welfare that often gets overlooked. Nadia Novik shows us how a humane community is one that not only cares for animals, but also for the people attached to them. Nadia Novik, Director of Shelter Outreach at the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, has been...
The Dog in Me | Erin Maxson | TEDxSouthMountainCommunityLibrary
| Contributor(s):: Erin Maxson
The story of how my life was changed by many dogs and what I learned from them. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
My Dog Chip | Jerry Roberson | TEDxFlowerMound
Can an animal save your life? After a bad break up, Jerry found himself broke, lonely and lost. Wandering into an animal shelter. He couldn't afford to adopt an animal he knew he had no choice when Chip adopted him. His story shows us the healing power and energy that animals can bring into...
Perception of Cats: Assessing the Differences Between Videos and Still Pictures on Adoptability and Associated Characteristics
| Contributor(s):: Regina Schoenfeld-Tacher, Lori R. Kogan, Patrick C. Carney
While animal shelters have made significant progress in reducing the number of euthanized dogs and cats, millions of unclaimed pets are still euthanized every year. Cats, in particular, face bleak prospects, with ~70% of those that enter animal shelters euthanized. Many factors influence...
Modelling personality, plasticity and predictability in shelter dogs
| Contributor(s):: Conor Goold, Ruth C. Newberry
Behavioural assessments of shelter dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) typically comprise standardized test batteries conducted at one time point, but test batteries have shown inconsistent predictive validity. Longitudinal behavioural assessments offer an alternative. We modelled longitudinal...
Can you spare 15 min? The measurable positive impact of a 15-min petting session on shelter dog well-being
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| Contributor(s):: Ragen T. S. McGowan, Cynthia Bolte, Hallie R. Barnett, Gerardo Perez-Camargo, François Martin
It is well established that human interaction has positive effects on shelter dogs. This work set out to answer the question: “Does one 15-min petting session make a difference for shelter dogs?” Fifty-five dogs were subject to one 15-min petting session with one of five unfamiliar...
Assessment of Recent Cases of Animal Hoarding in Germany: The Challenge for Animal Shelters and Public Authorities
| Contributor(s):: Sophie Arnold, Henriette Mackensen, Evelyn Ofensberger, Brigitte Rusche
Animal hoarding is a severe problem in the field of human-animal interaction. The goal of this study was to assess the current situation of animal hoarding in Germany. Reports of animal hoarding cases were collected from animal shelters and public media between January 2012 and December 2015;...
Infectious Disease Prevalence and Factors Associated with Upper Respiratory Infection in Cats Following Relocation
| Contributor(s):: Mehnaz Aziz, Stephanie Janeczko, Maya Gupta
Relocation of cats and kittens is a relatively new practice in animal welfare. It is one of the many tools used by animal welfare agencies to decrease shelter euthanasia rates across the country. However, there are few and sometimes conflicting guidelines for either minimum standards or best...
Pets by the Numbers
Relinquishment of sheltered animals: how the behavioral data can inform the veterinary role in prevention and successful rehoming
| Contributor(s):: S.V. Juarbe-Diaz
Qualified "in shelter" dogs' evaluation and training to promote successful dog-human relationships
| Contributor(s):: Marilena Sticco, Roberto Trentini, Pia Lucidi
The phenomenon of dogs’ relinquishment in Italy has become a social evil, although many laws exist to regulate animal protection and lately, the act of abandonment has become criminalised (law n.189/2004, enforced by law n.201/2010). Adop tion fro m shelters seems t o be the only way to...
Evaluation of a behavioral assessment tool for dogs relinquished to shelters
| Contributor(s):: DL Duffy, KA Kruger, James A. Serpell
Goodbye to a Good Friend: An Exploration of the Re-Homing of Cats and Dogs in the U.S.
| Contributor(s):: Emily Weiss, Shannon Gramann, C. Victor Spain, Margaret Slater
When dogs and cats are not retained in a home, they are re-homed to somewhere, and while there is a collection of research around relinquishment to shelters, little is known about the general re-homing picture. A cross sectional random digit dial survey was conducted with an aim to learn more...
Declawing has no effect on biting behavior but does affect adoption outcomes for domestic cats in an animal shelter
| Contributor(s):: Saethra Jade Fritscher, James Ha
Opponents of declawing contend that it causes behavioral problems, whereas others, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, state that because destructive scratching is a risk factor for relinquishment and euthanasia, declawing is a reasonable alternative. If declawing causes...
No better than flipping a coin: Reconsidering canine behavior evaluations in animal shelters
| Contributor(s):: Gary J. Patronek, Janis Bradley
Use of behavior evaluations for shelter dogs has progressed despite their lack of scientific validation as reliable diagnostic tools. Yet results of these evaluations are often used to make life-and-death decisions. Despite acknowledging the significant limitations of evaluations, most authors...
Safewalk: Improving Enrichment and Adoption Rates for Shelter Dogs by Changing Human Behavior
| Contributor(s):: Terri M. Bright, Louise Hadden
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...
No Dog Left Behind: A Hedonic Pricing Model for Animal Shelters
| Contributor(s):: Laura A. Reese, Mark Skidmore, William Dyar, Erika Rosebrook
Companion animal overpopulation is a growing problem in the United States. In addition to strays, an average of 324,500 nonhuman animals are relinquished to shelters yearly by their caregivers due to family disruption (divorce, death), foreclosure, economic problems, or minor behavioral issues....