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  1. Provisioning the ritual neolithic site of Kfar HaHoresh, Israel at the dawn of animal management

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    | Contributor(s):: Meier, J. S., Goring-Morris, A. N., Munro, N. D.

    It is widely agreed that a pivotal shift from wild animal hunting to herd animal management, at least of goats, began in the southern Levant by the Middle Pre-Pottery Neolithic B period (10,000-9,500 cal. BP) when evidence of ritual activities flourished in the region. As our knowledge of this...

  2. Do all dogs go to heaven? Investigating the association between demographic characteristics and beliefs about animal afterlife

    | Contributor(s):: Royal, K. D., Kedrowicz, A. A., Snyder, A. M.

    The purpose of this research was to explore American's beliefs about animal afterlife based on key demographic factors such as sex, race/ethnicity, age, geographic region, religion/faith, and pet ownership. We attained a large and diverse sample of respondents (n=800) using Amazon's Mechanical...

  3. Keeper-animal interactions: differences between the behaviour of zoo animals affect stockmanship

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    | Contributor(s):: Ward, S. J., Melfi, V.

    Stockmanship is a term used to describe the management of animals with a good stockperson someone who does this in a in a safe, effective, and low-stress manner for both the stock-keeper and animals involved. Although impacts of unfamiliar zoo visitors on animal behaviour have been extensively...

  4. Frequency of neurotic symptoms shortly after the death of a pet

    | Contributor(s):: Kimura, Y., Kawabata, H., Maezawa, M.

  5. Current attitudes toward, and incidence of, sterilization of cats and dogs by caregivers (owners) in Auckland, New Zealand

    | Contributor(s):: McKay, S. A., Farnworth, M. J., Waran, N. K.

    This study distributed a questionnaire to cat or dog caregivers (owners) throughout Auckland, New Zealand, to investigate the attitudes of human companions toward the sterilization of their cats and dogs and the degree to which this occurs relative to demographic information gathered. A total of...

  6. Dog keeping in Taiwan: its contribution to the problem of free-roaming dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Hsu, YuYing, Severinghaus, L. L., Serpell, J. A.

    This study conducted a quantitative ethnographic analysis of the influence of demographic factors and early experience (childhood exposure to dogs) on Taiwanese dog-keeping practices and behaviour. A telephone survey of a randomly selected sample of 2001 Taiwan residents between 29 November and...

  7. Attitudes towards catch-and-release recreational angling, angling practices and perceptions of pain and welfare in fish in New Zealand

    | Contributor(s):: Muir, R., Keown, A. J., Adams, N. J., Farnworth, M. J.

    Although there is still some debate regarding whether fish have the capacity to feel pain, recent scientific research seems to support the notion that fish can indeed suffer. However, the continued scientific discourse has led to questions regarding how members of the public perceive issues of...

  8. Frequency of lost dogs and cats in the United States and the methods used to locate them

    | Contributor(s):: Weiss, E., Slater, M., Lord, L.

  9. Gender differences in veterinarian-client-patient communication in companion animal practice

    | Contributor(s):: Shaw, J. R., Bonnett, B. N., Roter, D. L., Adams, C. L., Larson, S.

  10. Implications of cat ownership statistics and social changes: a longitudinal study in Taiwan from 2001 to 2009

    | Contributor(s):: Chen, LiHuan, Chang, TingWei, Tung, MengChih, Fei, ChangYoung, Chiang, ITsun

  11. A survey of pet- and non-pet-owning Swedish adolescents: demographic differences and health issues

    | Contributor(s):: Mullersdorf, M., Granstrom, F., Tillgren, P.

    The aim of this study was to describe the prevalence of pet ownership in adolescents in Sweden and establish whether any gender, age or health-related differences exist between those who own pets and those who do not. In addition, the study aimed to explore the relationships between species of...

  12. Beliefs underlying dog owners' health care behaviors: results from a large, self-selected, internet sample

    | Contributor(s):: Rohlf, V. I., Bennett, P. C., Toukhsati, S., Coleman, G.

    Various behaviors must be performed by owners to promote good health for their dogs. The aim in this study was to use the results of an online survey, completed by 1,016 self-selected, Australian dog owners, to investigate relationships between demographic factors, beliefs, dog–owner...

  13. Public perceptions of domestic cats and preferences for feral cat management in the southeastern United States

    | Contributor(s):: Loyd, K. A. T., Hernandez, S. M.

    Populations of feral domestic cats and free-roaming, owned cats have increased throughout the United States, affecting wildlife and public health and warranting attention from a variety of management agencies. The contentious issue of feral cat management requires a greater understanding of...

  14. Wild minds: what people think about animal thinking

    | Contributor(s):: Maust-Mohl, M., Fraser, J., Morrison, R.

    The question of how nonhuman animals think is pervasive in the scientific and popular media, yet there is an apparent lack of concordance between findings from research in animal cognition and how this information emerges in popular discourse. The present study investigated the way people...

  15. Demography and dog-human relationships of the dog population in Zimbabwean communal lands

    | Contributor(s):: Butler, J. R. A., Bingham, J.

    Dogs are Zimbabwe's primary vector for rabies, and the majority live in communal lands (traditional agropastoralist rural areas). In 1994, a household questionnaire survey was conducted to provide baseline data on the demography and dog-human relationships of the dogs in the communal lands. The...

  16. Bond-centered veterinary practice: lessons for veterinary faculty and students

    | Contributor(s):: Ormerod, E. J.

    We are currently experiencing a paradigm shift in attitudes to companion animals, in part due to our greater understanding of the health and social benefits associated with the human-animal bond (HAB). Recent demographic changes, including smaller family size, increased longevity, and a higher...

  17. Comparison of strength of the human-animal bond between Hispanic and non-Hispanic owners of pet dogs and cats

    | Contributor(s):: Schoenfeld-Tacher, R., Kogan, L. R., Wright, M. L.

    Objective - To assess differences in strength of the human-animal bond between Hispanic and non-Hispanic owners and determine whether these variations were associated with differences in medical care for pets. Design - Survey. Sample Population - 419 pet owners presenting a dog or cat for...

  18. A pet for the children: factors related to family pet ownership

    | Contributor(s):: Fifield, S. J., Forsyth, D. K.

    The demographic variables related to pet ownership in New Zealand families of 8-12 -year-olds were investigated. Questionnaire surveys were used to establish data from 312 families of primary school children. Family composition, reasons for pet acquisition, and the advantages and disadvantages of...

  19. Attitudes of Romanian pet caretakers towards sterilization of their animals: gender conflict over male, but not female, companion animals

    | Contributor(s):: Cocia, R. I., Rusu, A. S.

    Sterilization of companion animals is in most cases an expression of the caretaker's will. However, little is known about caretakers' attitudes toward pet sterilization in general - these can influence their decision to sterilize their own animals. Three hundred and twelve Romanian caretakers of...

  20. Re-evaluation of the companion animal bonding scale

    | Contributor(s):: Triebenbacher, S. L.

    This study re-evaluated the Companion Animal Bonding Scale (Poresky, Hendrix, Mosier and Samuelson 1987) using a wide range of developmental levels. Participants included 714 individuals (284 boys and 430 girls) from fourth grade to undergraduate college status. The elementary, middle, and high...