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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 resources, identified by relinquishers, which may have prevented surrendering of large dogs to shelters in New York City and Washington, D.C.
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animals-04-00409-f004: Comparison of resources, identified by relinquishers, which may have prevented surrendering of large dogs to shelters in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Mentions: Interestingly, more than half of respondents in both communities (57% NYC, 58% DC) answered that some assistance may have helped them retain their dog. When asked to identify what might have helped in an open-field, multi-response format, 48% of respondents in NYC and 58% in DC said some form of low-cost or free dog support, such as training, veterinary care, day care, boarding (included in this category only if cost was specifically mentioned) or pet food. Pet-friendly housing was mentioned in both communities (19% NYC, 25% DC). In DC, 27% of people specified that temporary pet-friendly housing and in NYC 10% of respondents indicated that boarding would have helped. In NYC, 26% of people said more space (some respondents specified a larger yard or apartment; some simply responded with the need for more space) could have helped (Figure 4).


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 resources, identified by relinquishers, which may have prevented surrendering of large dogs to shelters in New York City and Washington, D.C.
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animals-04-00409-f004: Comparison of resources, identified by relinquishers, which may have prevented surrendering of large dogs to shelters in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Mentions: Interestingly, more than half of respondents in both communities (57% NYC, 58% DC) answered that some assistance may have helped them retain their dog. When asked to identify what might have helped in an open-field, multi-response format, 48% of respondents in NYC and 58% in DC said some form of low-cost or free dog support, such as training, veterinary care, day care, boarding (included in this category only if cost was specifically mentioned) or pet food. Pet-friendly housing was mentioned in both communities (19% NYC, 25% DC). In DC, 27% of people specified that temporary pet-friendly housing and in NYC 10% of respondents indicated that boarding would have helped. In NYC, 26% of people said more space (some respondents specified a larger yard or apartment; some simply responded with the need for more space) could have helped (Figure 4).

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.