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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 most favored by owners after several months of ownership in New York City and Washington, D.C.
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Mentions: In contrast, once the dog was in the home, appearance became almost immaterial (Figure 2) in both communities. Rather, over half of the respondents in both communities cited personality/temperament as the characteristic they liked best during the first few months the dogs were in their homes. Interestingly, respondents in NYC cited the dog’s behavior with people as what they liked best more often compared to respondents in DC.


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 most favored by owners after several months of ownership in New York City and Washington, D.C.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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animals-04-00409-f002: Comparison of dog characteristics most favored by owners after several months of ownership in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Mentions: In contrast, once the dog was in the home, appearance became almost immaterial (Figure 2) in both communities. Rather, over half of the respondents in both communities cited personality/temperament as the characteristic they liked best during the first few months the dogs were in their homes. Interestingly, respondents in NYC cited the dog’s behavior with people as what they liked best more often compared to respondents in DC.

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.