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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 information provided by relinquishers when asked, ‘what might help potential new adopters?’ in New York City and Washington, D.C.
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Mentions: This was an open-ended question, and the majority of responses had to do with the personality/temperament of the dog. The responses included “likes to play tug-of-war and be rubbed”, “does not like baths” or “loves to swim and play”. Comments relating to the dog’s behavior were the second most frequent type of comments that respondents would pass on to potential adopters. Affectionate behavior towards people was cited often, such as “likes to cuddle with me” or “very loving.” Specific behavior issues that might help new adopters avoid problems with the dog were mentioned, such as “chews on wires and wood”, “does not do well with other animals in the home” or “not housetrained” (Figure 5).


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 information provided by relinquishers when asked, ‘what might help potential new adopters?’ in New York City and Washington, D.C.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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animals-04-00409-f005: Comparison of information provided by relinquishers when asked, ‘what might help potential new adopters?’ in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Mentions: This was an open-ended question, and the majority of responses had to do with the personality/temperament of the dog. The responses included “likes to play tug-of-war and be rubbed”, “does not like baths” or “loves to swim and play”. Comments relating to the dog’s behavior were the second most frequent type of comments that respondents would pass on to potential adopters. Affectionate behavior towards people was cited often, such as “likes to cuddle with me” or “very loving.” Specific behavior issues that might help new adopters avoid problems with the dog were mentioned, such as “chews on wires and wood”, “does not do well with other animals in the home” or “not housetrained” (Figure 5).

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.