Investigating the role of coat colour, age, sex, and breed on outcomes for dogs at two animal shelters in the United States
Contributor(s):: Svoboda, H. J., Hoffman, C. L.
The popular press frequently reports that coat colour bias negatively impacts shelter adoption rates for black domestic dogs. This phenomenon, commonly called 'black dog syndrome' (BDS), reportedly increases the likelihood of euthanasia for black dogs and negatively affects the length of black...
An evaluation of the role the Internet site Petfinder plays in cat adoptions
Contributor(s):: Workman, M. K., Hoffman, C. L.
To better understand factors contributing to cat adoptions, this study was used to explore a possible association between an adoptable cat's popularity on Petfinder and the cat's length of availability for adoption at a managed-intake nonhuman animal shelter. This study was also used to examine...
Age, breed designation, coat color, and coat pattern influenced the length of stay of cats at a no-kill shelter
Contributor(s):: Brown, W. P., Morgan, K. T.
Adoption records from the Tompkins County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, an open-admission, no-kill shelter in New York State, were examined to determine if various physical attributes influenced the length of stay (LOS) of cats and kittens. Similar reports from other no-kill...
Human clothing and dog behavior: an unproven hypothesis
Contributor(s):: Herzog, H.
The author identifies possible problems in the "design and interpretation of experiments [earlier reported in this journal that] seriously compromise the conclusion that dogs are influenced in systematic ways by human clothing patterns."
Effects of phenotypic characteristics on the length of stay of dogs at two no kill animal shelters
Contributor(s):: Brown, W. P., Davidson, J. P., Zuefle, M. E.
Adoption records from 2 no kill shelters in New York State were examined to determine how age, sex, size, breed group, and coat color influenced the length of stay (LOS) of dogs at these shelters. Young puppies had the shortest length of stay; LOS among dogs increased linearly as age increased....
Factors relevant to adoption of cats in an animal shelter
Contributor(s):: Fantuzzi, J. M., Miller, K. A., Weiss, E.
This study performed a multifactor analysis of the effects of the provision of toys, cage location, and cat characteristics (activity level, age, sex, and coat color) on 111 cats available for adoption in a nonhuman animal shelter. The analysis revealed a greater adopter viewing of cats housed at...
How do miniature pigs discriminate between people? The effect of exchanging cues between a non-handler and their familiar handler on discrimination
Contributor(s):: Koba, Y., Tanida, H.
During a 3-week handling period, six 8-week-old pigs were touched and fed raisins as a reward whenever they approached their handler, In subsequent training, the handlers and a non-handler wearing dark blue and white overalls, respectively, and wearing different eau de toilette fragrances sat at...
The ability of domestic hens to jump between horizontal perches: effects of light intensity and perch colour
Contributor(s):: Taylor, P. E., Scott, G. B., Rose, P.
Commercial non-cage housing systems for laying hens are kept at low light intensities to reduce the incidence of feather pecking. These low light intensity conditions may restrict the ability of hens to visually perceive important environmental features such as perches. This may have the...
Pecking at string by individually caged, adult laying hens: colour preferences and their stability
Contributor(s):: Jones, R. B., Carmichael, N. L.
The responses of 45-week-old, individually caged laying hens (n=24) to differently coloured (white, yellow, orange, blue) bunches of string, presented singly on consecutive days, were examined. This procedure was repeated at 51 weeks of age in order to assess the stability of observed...
Comparison of religious slaughter of sheep with methods that include pre-slaughter stunning, and the lack of differences in exsanguination, packed cell volume and meat quality parameters
Contributor(s):: Anil, M. H., Yesildere, T., Aksu, H., Matur, E., McKinstryt, J. L., Erdogan, O., Hughes, S., Mason, C.
UK legislation requiring pre-slaughter stunning has certain exemptions for religious slaughter. Supporters of both Muslim (Halal) and Jewish (Shechita) slaughter methods claim that the efficiency of the bleed out is adversely affected by stunning. In this study, electrical stunning followed by...
Factors affecting time to adoption of dogs re-homed by a charity in the UK
Contributor(s):: Diesel, G., Smith, H., Pfeiffer, D. U.
The objective of this retrospective cohort study was to determine the factors affecting the time until adoption of dogs re-homed by Dogs Trust, a UK charity. There were 13,338 records included in the study, representing 11,663 dogs. Data were extracted from the Dogs Trust's database between...