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  1. Human-cat relationship in an oceanic biosphere reserve: the case of La Palma Island, Canary archipelago

    Contributor(s):: Medina, F. M., Nogales, M., Farnworth, M. J., Bonnaud, E.

    Removal of feral cats from island environments is a useful mechanism by which their ecological impact on endangered species can be reduced or ended. Nevertheless, because cats are anthropogenic in their origins, social perceptions of management practices play a large role in their implementation....

  2. Problems associated with the microchip data of stray dogs and cats entering RSPCA Queensland shelters

    Contributor(s):: Lancaster, E., Rand, J., Collecott, S., Paterson, M.

    A lack of published information documenting problems with the microchip data for the reclaiming of stray animals entering Australian shelters limits improvement of the current microchipping system. A retrospective study analysing admission data for stray, adult dogs ( n=7258) and cats ( n=6950)...

  3. Admissions of cats to animal welfare shelters in Melbourne, Australia

    Contributor(s):: Marston, L. C., Bennett, P. C.

    Although the number of companion animal (pet) cats (Felis catus) in Australia is decreasing, there has not been a corresponding reduction in feline admissions to nonhuman animal welfare shelters. This study tracked 15,206 cat admissions to 1 large Melbourne shelter over a 12-month period. Data...

  4. Attitudes toward companion animals among Hispanic residents of a Texas border community

    Contributor(s):: Poss, J. E., Bader, J. O.

    The researchers surveyed 206 residents of a Hispanic community on the Texas-Mexico border about their behaviors and attitudes toward companion animals. Selected members of the community administered a telephone survey to a systematic random sample of 206 individuals. The majority of participants...

  5. 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...

  6. What happens to shelter dogs? An analysis of data for 1 year from three Australian shelters

    Contributor(s):: Marston, L. C., Bennett, P. C., Coleman, G. J.

    Annually, welfare shelters admit many dogs, including those whose caregivers surrender them or dogs who are strays. This article analyses admission data from 3 metropolitan Australian shelters. The study collected data for a 1-year period (2001-2002) and analysed them to identify the...

  7. The biopolitics of animal being and welfare: dog control and care in the UK and India

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    | Contributor(s):: Krithika, Srinivasan

    The UK is widely regarded as a nation committed to animal welfare. On the other hand, the precarious lives of India’s stray dogs have attracted a considerable amount of international animal activist attention, and raised questions about the nation’s indifference to these animals....

  8. Latitudinal variation in diet and patterns of human interaction in the marine otter

    | Contributor(s):: Mangel, J. C., Whitty, T., Medina-Vogel, G., Alfaro-Shigueto, J., Caceres, C., Godley, B. J.

    The marine otter (Lontra felina) inhabits patches of rocky coastline from central Peru to southern Chile and is classified as Endangered by the IUCN. Given the limited information available about the species, we set out to assess marine otter diet with a view to detecting latitudinal differences,...

  9. Survival, fecundity, and movements of free-roaming cats

    | Contributor(s):: Schmidt, P. M., Lopez, R. R., Collier, B. A.

    Free-roaming cats (e.g., owned, semi-feral, and feral) impact wildlife worldwide through predation, competition, and disease transmission. Baseline ecological information necessary for population management is lacking. We radiocollared free-roaming cats (feral, n=30; semi-feral, n=14; owned,...

  10. The youth and stray dogs: new figures of urban insecurity. (Varia No.9) [French]

    | Contributor(s):: Blanchard, C.

    This article describes the situation of homeless youths and their dogs in the urban areas of France.

  11. Dispersal behaviour of free-ranging dogs ( Canis familiaris ) in relation to age, sex, season and dispersal distance

    | Contributor(s):: Pal, S. K., Ghosh, B., Roy, S.

    The dispersal of free-ranging dogs from Katwa, West Bengal, India, was studied between January 1993 and December 1996. Between January 1993 and September 1996, 315 pups were observed from 64 litters. Pups were born between October and March each year, with a peak between November and January. The...

  12. Maturation and development of social behaviour during early ontogeny in free-ranging dog puppies in West Bengal, India

    | Contributor(s):: Pal, S. K.

    Six bitches and their offspring were observed in the natural environment to study the early ontogeny of certain processes like eye opening, nipple preference, play, sexual activities and locomotion. Thirteen puppies out of 35 survived at the age of 3 months indicating 63% mortality. Eye slits...

  13. Behavioral differences between owner surrender and stray domestic cats after entering an animal shelter

    | Contributor(s):: Dybdall, K., Strasser, R., Katz, T.

    Animals entering a shelter environment may behave differently upon arrival depending upon their previous experiences and life history. To examine this, 86 domestic cats were scored using a seven-level behavioral measure for the first 3 days upon entering an animal shelter. Data were then grouped...

  14. Dog ownership in the West Indies: a case study from The Bahamas

    | Contributor(s):: Fielding, W. J., Mather, J.

    Results from several studies in The Bahamas, which included 511 interviews with residents and data on 776 dogs, are reported. The composition and characteristics of the dog population are described. The majority of dogs, both owned and unowned, are local mongrels called "potcakes." The median age...

  15. Reactions of American tourists to roaming dogs in New Providence, The Bahamas

    | Contributor(s):: Plumridge, S., Fielding, W. J.

    The Bahamas suffers from nuisances caused by roaming dogs. Although Bahamians tolerate their presence, in an economy which is dependent upon tourism, the reactions of tourists to roaming dogs is of great consequence. This study reports the reactions of 439 American tourists concerning roaming...

  16. Regulation of free-roaming cat ( Felis silvestris catus ) populations: a survey of the literature and its application to Israel

    | Contributor(s):: Gunther, I., Terkel, J.