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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 factors that influence the relinquishment of large dogs in New York City and Washington, D.C.
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animals-04-00409-f003: Comparison of factors that influence the relinquishment of large dogs in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Mentions: When asked if anything had changed recently in the household that contributed to the decision to relinquish the dog, 68% of people in NYC answered “yes” compared with 98% of people in DC (p < 0.001). If a change had occurred, respondents were asked for specific reasons, and multiple responses per respondent were collected. As shown in Figure 3, a higher proportion of respondents in NYC (66%) reported changes in people-related issues (e.g., financial, child-related) than DC (36%). Interestingly, behavior issues and dog health/expenses were cited least often.


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 factors that influence the relinquishment of large dogs in New York City and Washington, D.C.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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animals-04-00409-f003: Comparison of factors that influence the relinquishment of large dogs in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Mentions: When asked if anything had changed recently in the household that contributed to the decision to relinquish the dog, 68% of people in NYC answered “yes” compared with 98% of people in DC (p < 0.001). If a change had occurred, respondents were asked for specific reasons, and multiple responses per respondent were collected. As shown in Figure 3, a higher proportion of respondents in NYC (66%) reported changes in people-related issues (e.g., financial, child-related) than DC (36%). Interestingly, behavior issues and dog health/expenses were cited least often.

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.