Large dog relinquishment to two municipal facilities in New York City and Washington, D.C.: identifying targets for intervention
Contributor(s):: Weiss, E., Slater, M., Garrison, L., Drain, N., Dolan, E., Scarlett, J. M., Zawistowski, S. L.
While the overall trend in euthanasia has been decreasing nationally, large dogs are at a higher risk of euthanasia than other sized dogs in most animal shelters in the United States. We hypothesized one way to increase the lives saved with respect to these large dogs is to keep them home when...
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...
An exploratory study of animal cruelty prosecution in New York
Contributor(s):: Kordzek, A.
In the past several years, there have been significant changes in law pertaining to cruelty toward non-human animals. While prosecutors have more options available to them today than in the past, research has failed to examine prosecutors' actions in cases involving animal cruelty. This research...
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....
Environmental enrichment for dendrobatid frogs
Contributor(s):: Hurme, K., Gonzalez, K., Halvorsen, M., Foster, B., Moore, D., Chepko-Sade, B. D.
The Central Park Zoo, one of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Living Institutions in New York, recently renovated an exhibit for dart-poison frogs. Staff developed a new hollow coconut insect feeder in conjunction with this project. When the exhibit change, coconut feeder, and other...
Space use as an indicator of enclosure appropriateness in African wild dogs ( Lycaon pictus)
Contributor(s):: Hunter, S. C., Gusset, M., Miller, L. J., Somers, M. J.
A clear understanding of space use is required to more fully understand biological requirements of nonhuman animals in zoos, aid the design of exhibits, and maximize the animals' welfare. This study used electivity indexes to assess space use of two packs of African wild dogs ( Lycaon pictus) and...
Evaluation of factors affecting emotional responses in zoo visitors and the impact of emotion on conservation mindedness
Contributor(s):: Powell, D. M., Bullock, E. V. W.
Creating experiences for visitors that increase their biological knowledge and inspire conservation mindedness is a critical task for zoos and aquariums. A growing body of literature suggests that emotional stimulation is affected by characteristics of both the visitor and the visitor's...
"Support your local invasive species": animal protection rhetoric and nonnative species
Contributor(s):: Seymour, M.
Interactions between handler well-being and canine health and behavior in search and rescue teams
Contributor(s):: Hunt, M., Otto, C. M., Serpell, J. A., Alvarez, J.
This study reports on three years of prospective, longitudinal data on the psychological well-being of the human handlers and the health and behavior of the search and rescue dogs deployed in New York City and Washington, DC in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001....
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...
Field treatment of search dogs: lessons learned from the World Trade Center disaster
| Contributor(s):: Otto, C. M., Franz, M. A., Kellogg, B., Lewis, R., Murphy, L., Lauber, G.
Differences in background and outcome of three behavior problems of dogs
| Contributor(s):: Takeuchi, Y., Ogata, N., Houpt, K. A., Scarlett, J. M.
In order to characterize the three major behaviour problems, aggression toward owners, aggression toward strangers and separation anxiety, backgrounds of dogs and general outcomes of the behavioural treatments were analyzed retrospectively. There were 169 cases of aggression toward owners, 84...
Face-fly pest intensity, fly-avoidance behavior (bunching) and grazing time in Holstein heifers
| Contributor(s):: Schmidtmann, E. T., Valla, M. E.
In field studies in New York State in 1978-79, the relationship between feeding by adults of Musca autumnalis Deg., and fly-avoidance behaviour (bunching) and grazing time of heifers was examined in herds that were either exposed to the ambient pest intensity levels or treated with permethrin...
The interdependence of humans and free-ranging cats in Brooklyn, New York
| Contributor(s):: Haspel, C., Calhoon, R. E.
Based on the responses of 177 participants in a survey conducted in Brooklyn, New York, it was ascertained that 22.0% of the respondents fed free-ranging cats (2.8% daily and 19.2% occasionally). The food provided by feeders alone was estimated to support 1.71 to 2.10 cats per acre (4.2 to 5.2...