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Large Dog Relinquishment to Two Municipal Facilities in New York City and Washington, D.C.: Identifying Targets for Intervention.

Weiss E, Slater M, Garrison L, Drain N, Dolan E, Scarlett JM, Zawistowski SL - Animals (Basel) (2014)

Bottom Line: There were 157 responses between the two facilities.We found both significant similarities and differences between respondents and their dogs from the two cities.We identified opportunities to potentially support future relinquishers and found that targets for interventions are likely different in each community.

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Affiliation: Shelter Research and Development, Community Outreach, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA®), 3201 SW Winding Way, Palm City, FL 34990, USA. emily.weiss@aspca.org.

ABSTRACT
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 possible. In order to develop solutions to decrease relinquishment, a survey was developed to learn more about the reasons owners relinquish large dogs. The survey was administered to owners relinquishing their dogs at two large municipal facilities, one in New York City and one in Washington, D.C. There were 157 responses between the two facilities. We found both significant similarities and differences between respondents and their dogs from the two cities. We identified opportunities to potentially support future relinquishers and found that targets for interventions are likely different in each community.

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Comparison of dog characteristics that influence owner selection in New York City and Washington, D.C.
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Mentions: People were asked to think back and identify the characteristics that led them to select their dog (as opposed to another dog) and what they liked best about the dog back during the first few months of ownership. Multiple responses were allowed for both questions. As shown in Figure 1, the top two characteristics that initially drew respondents to their dog in NYC were appearance (47%) and behavior with people (31%), while in DC, the top two were behavior with people (39%) and personality/temperament (38%). Respondents provided a more diverse set of answers in NYC than in DC, resulting in more responses in the other category, which included “felt sorry for” or “other person chose dog”.


Large Dog Relinquishment to Two Municipal Facilities in New York City and Washington, D.C.: Identifying Targets for Intervention.

Weiss E, Slater M, Garrison L, Drain N, Dolan E, Scarlett JM, Zawistowski SL - Animals (Basel) (2014)

Comparison of dog characteristics that influence owner selection in New York City and Washington, D.C.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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animals-04-00409-f001: Comparison of dog characteristics that influence owner selection in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Mentions: People were asked to think back and identify the characteristics that led them to select their dog (as opposed to another dog) and what they liked best about the dog back during the first few months of ownership. Multiple responses were allowed for both questions. As shown in Figure 1, the top two characteristics that initially drew respondents to their dog in NYC were appearance (47%) and behavior with people (31%), while in DC, the top two were behavior with people (39%) and personality/temperament (38%). Respondents provided a more diverse set of answers in NYC than in DC, resulting in more responses in the other category, which included “felt sorry for” or “other person chose dog”.

Bottom Line: There were 157 responses between the two facilities.We found both significant similarities and differences between respondents and their dogs from the two cities.We identified opportunities to potentially support future relinquishers and found that targets for interventions are likely different in each community.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Shelter Research and Development, Community Outreach, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA®), 3201 SW Winding Way, Palm City, FL 34990, USA. emily.weiss@aspca.org.

ABSTRACT
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 possible. In order to develop solutions to decrease relinquishment, a survey was developed to learn more about the reasons owners relinquish large dogs. The survey was administered to owners relinquishing their dogs at two large municipal facilities, one in New York City and one in Washington, D.C. There were 157 responses between the two facilities. We found both significant similarities and differences between respondents and their dogs from the two cities. We identified opportunities to potentially support future relinquishers and found that targets for interventions are likely different in each community.

No MeSH data available.