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...
Nurturing your pet with nature - Part 1: Natural lighting, natural patterns, and colors
Contributor(s):: Rauh, R. M.
Nurturing your pet with nature - Part 2: Sensory and discovery experiences
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...
The anthropozoology of domestication for milk productionAnthropozoologie de la domestication laitiere
Contributor(s):: Poplin, F.
Milk draws its substance from a living being of flesh and blood and from plant matter full of scents, through a two-cycle digestive system and fermentation in vivo, that of ruminants, which are also animals that provide meat ("you drink my milk, you eat my meat"). The pig, the "outlaw" of...
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...
The role of coat color and ear shape on the perception of personality in dogs
Contributor(s):: Fratkin, J. L., Baker, S. C.
Human perceptions of coat color as an indicator of domestic cat personality
Contributor(s):: Delgado, M. M., Munera, J. D., Reevy, G. M.
Effects of early maternal separation of lambs and rearing with minimal and maximal human contact on meat quality
Contributor(s):: Napolitano, F., Caroprese, M., Girolami, A., Marino, R., Muscio, A., Sevi, A.
The present study aims to assess the effect of gentling on behaviour and meat quality of lambs. Thirty-two Comisana lambs were divided into four groups of eight animals: ER (ewe reared), AR (artificially reared) and the corresponding gentled groups ERG and ARG. The provision of human contacts...
Color discrimination in horses
Contributor(s):: Smith, S., Goldman, L.
Dairy cows prefer shade that offers greater protection against solar radiation in summer: shade use, behaviour, and body temperature
Contributor(s):: Schutz, K. E., Rogers, A. R., Cox, N. R., Tucker, C. B.
There is considerable evidence that shade is a valuable resource for cattle in summer, but less is known about the important design features of effective shade. The aim of this experiment was to investigate if lactating dairy cows have a preference for shade that offers greater protection against...
Dairy cows' use of colour cues to discriminate between people
Contributor(s):: Munksgaard, L., Passille, A. M. de, Rushen, J., Ladewig, J.
The role of the colour of overalls as a cue used by cows to discriminate between people was studied in 4 experiments using 66 Danish Friesian cows kept in tie-stalls. In all experiments, the average distance cows kept from the person was calculated during 1 min with the person standing in front...
Evaluation of an active transponder system to monitor spatial and temporal location of cattle within patches of a grazed sward
Contributor(s):: Swain, D. L., Wilson, L. A., Dickinson, J.
An active transponder system adapted for animal behaviour studies is described, and the potential of the system to facilitate patch scale monitoring of grazing cows is explored. A preliminary experiment examined the effect of presence and colour of loop aerial wires, on the activity of grazing...
Factors associated with the prevalence of stereotypic behaviour amongst Thoroughbred horses passing through auctioneer sales
Contributor(s):: Mills, D. S., Alston, R. D., Rogers, V., Longford, N. T.
The objective of this study was to evaluate whether sex, age and/or coat colour were associated with the occurrence of stereotypic behaviour in the horse and to assess whether the occurrence of one type of stereotypy in an individual was associated with the occurrence of another specific type of...
How do miniature pigs discriminate between people? Discrimination between people wearing coveralls of the same colour
Contributor(s):: Koba, Y., Tanida, H.
Seven experiments were conducted on 4 miniature pigs to determine: (1) whether the pigs can discriminate between people wearing the same coloured clothing and (2) what cues they rely on if they could discriminate. For 2 weeks before the experiments began, the pigs were conditioned in a Y-maze to...
How do miniature pigs discriminate between people? The effect of exchanging cues between a non-handler and their familiar handler on discrimination
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...
Recognition of people by dairy calves using colour of clothing
Contributor(s):: Rybarczyk, P., Rushen, J., Passille, A. M. de