Paws and Think, Inc.
Paws and Think, Inc. was founded in 2001 as a 501(c)(3) organization to bring the benefits off the human-animal bond to both people and dogs. Our Mission is Improving lives through the power of the human-dog connection. We do this through our Youth-Canine programs, helping at-risk or...
Application of the welfare quality protocol in pig slaughterhouses of five countries
Contributor(s):: Dalmau, A., Nande, A., Vieira-Pinto, M., Zamprogna, S., Martino, G. di, Ribas, J. C. R., Costa, M. P. da, Halinen-Elemo, K., Velarde, A.
The objective of the present study is to assess the variability of the measures used in the welfare quality (WQ) protocol for pigs among slaughterhouses in five different countries and to propose alarm and critical thresholds for the calculation of scores for future development of an animal...
Certification in Animal Assisted Therapy and Animal Assisted Wellness
Contributor(s):: Eileen Bona
This is a certification process in Alberta Canada that qualifies people to work with animals to help people in need.Certification is granted for two types of helping professionals as indicated below:Animal Assisted Therapist - Master’s level helping professionals. This includes mental...
Exploring Animal-Assisted Interventions
What does it involve? Practical application of the distance education information provided in the courses in Animal Assisted Interventions.Taking part in activities and exercises with animals designed to help people with a variety of life issues. These activities will address the learning...
A pilot study to develop an assessment tool for sheep welfare after long journey transport
Contributor(s):: Messori, S., Sossidou, E., Buonanno, M., Mounaix, B., Barnard, S., Vousdouka, V., Villa, P. dalla, Roest, K. de, Spoolder, H.
Sheep transport within Europe involves 9.5 million animals yearly, 63% of which travel over long journeys (>8 h). Livestock transport, particularly over long journeys, gives rise to concern about the welfare of transported animals. The European Commission stimulates the development of...
Implementing Welfare Quality in UK assurance schemes: evaluating the challenges
Contributor(s):: Heath, C. A. E., Lin, Y., Mullan, S., Browne, W. J., Main, D. C. J.
This paper presents an account of a Welfare Quality assessment of 92 dairy farms carried out by seven experienced assessors. The aim was to evaluate the potential of the Welfare Quality assessment protocol with respect to its uptake by UK farm assurance schemes. Data collection, and measure...
Economic, education, encouragement and enforcement influences within farm assurance schemes
Contributor(s):: Main, D. C. J., Mullan, S.
Non-economic incentives to improve animal welfare: positive competition as a driver for change among owners of draught and pack animals in India
Contributor(s):: Pritchard, J. C., Dijk, L. van, Ali, M., Pradhan, S. K.
Veterinary certificates for emergency or casualty slaughter bovine animals in the Republic of Ireland: are the welfare needs of certified animals adequately protected?
Contributor(s):: Cullinane, M., O'Sullivan, E., Collins, G., Collins, D. M., More, S. J.
Personality and performance in military working dogs: reliability and predictive validity of behavioral tests
Contributor(s):: Sinn, D. L., Gosling, S. D., Hilliard, S.
Quantification and description of individual differences in behavior, or personality differences, is now well-established in the working dog literature. What is less well-known is the predictive relationship between particular dog behavioral traits (if any) and important working outcomes. Here we...
Testing German shepherd puppies to assess their chances of certification
Contributor(s):: Svobodova, I., Vapenik, P., Pinc, L., Bartos, L.
behavioural activity of 7-week-old German shepherd puppies was tested and the activities analysed if they could be used for predicting police efficiency of the individual. In total 206 individuals sired by 42 sires and 44 dams were used. The activities were divided into 10 tasks in which...
On-farm welfare assessment in cattle: validity, reliability and feasibility issues and future perspectives with special regard to the Welfare QualityReg. approach
Contributor(s):: Knierim, U., Winckler, C.
This paper discusses the current state of development of on-farm cattle welfare assessment systems with special regard to the approach of Welfare QualityReg. that focuses on animal-related measures. The central criteria validity, reliability and feasibility are considered with regard to selected...
Promoting quality of life discussions between the veterinary profession and the pet-owning public
Contributor(s):: Main, D. C. J.
Because it is the pet-owning public that normally provides the day-to-day care for companion animals, maintaining or improving standards in animal welfare is best achieved by engaging owners in the debate over an individual animal's quality of life (QoL). Veterinary practice teams (including...
Sickness behaviour and its relevance to animal welfare assessment at the group level
Contributor(s):: Millman, S. T.
The inflammatory response evokes changes in behaviour including increased thermoregulatory activities and sleep, reduced social exploration and appetite, and altered food preferences. This sickness response also includes feelings of lethargy, depression, and pain, collectively referred to as...