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  1. Quantifying the shelter rabbit population: an analysis of Massachusetts and Rhode Island animal shelters

    Contributor(s):: Cook, A. J., McCobb, E.

    Scholarly work on the nonhuman animal shelter population has widely focused on cats and dogs. As a result, little is known about the population dynamics of domestic rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in shelters. The records from 4 companion animal shelters in Massachusetts and Rhode Island were...

  2. The effects of husbandry training on stereotypic pacing in captive African wild dogs ( Lycaon pictus )

    Contributor(s):: Shyne, A., Block, M.

    To examine the effects of operant conditioning on stereotypic pacing in 3 female African wild dogs located at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, this study made recordings of pacing behavior immediately following individual sessions of husbandry training and 2 no-training conditions. The study...

  3. Consistency of side choice in the milking parlour by Holstein-Friesian cows and its relationship with their reactivity and milk yield

    Contributor(s):: Paranhos da Costa, M. J. R., Broom, D. M.

    Dairy cows often have to choose which of two sides to enter in the milking parlour. Some cows are very consistent in this choice, and it is common to assume that when these cows are more disturbed are being milked in their non-preferred side. Such disturbance might involve significantly poor...

  4. Animal adoption as negotiated order: a comparison of open versus traditional shelter approaches

    Contributor(s):: Balcom, S., Arluke, A.

    Recently, the sheltering community has begun to reevaluate its adoption policies and the attitudes that shelter workers have towards adopters. Some shelters are now implementing what have been termed "open" adoptions as a way of increasing the number of animals adopted into good homes, moving...

  5. Childhood origins of supernurturance: the social context of early humane behaviour

    Contributor(s):: Arluke, A.

    The present study examined how strong humane inclinations in children are shaped and encouraged through interactions with human and non-human animals. Ethnographic interviews were conducted with 30 supernurturing children and 30 parents attending a pre-veterinary summer camp operated by an...

  6. Methodological issues in studying the anxiety-reducing effects of animals: reflections from a pediatric dental study

    Contributor(s):: Schwartz, A., Patronek, G.

    This article reports observations made during a study investigating the role of a therapy dog in reducing anxiety in urban children visiting the dentist in a dental clinic in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The design and execution of the study were affected by methodological issues such as the...