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Why Did You Choose This Pet?: Adopters and Pet Selection Preferences in Five Animal Shelters in the United States.

Weiss E, Miller K, Mohan-Gibbons H, Vela C - Animals (Basel) (2012)

Bottom Line: Adopters found greater importance in interacting with the animal rather than viewing it in its kennel.The results of this study can be used by shelters to create better adoption matches, prioritize shelter resources and staff training, and potentially increase adoptions.Additionally, some simple training techniques are suggested to facilitate adopter-friendly behaviors from sheltered dogs and cats.

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Affiliation: Shelter Research and Development, Community Outreach, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA®), 424 E. 92nd St., New York, NY 10128, USA. emily.weiss@aspca.org.

ABSTRACT
Responses from an adopter survey (n = 1,491) determined reasons for pet selection, type of information received by the adopter, and the context in which the animal's behavior was observed. Appearance of the animal, social behavior with adopter, and personality were the top reasons for adoption across species and age groups. Most adopters stated that information about the animal from a staff member or volunteer was more important than information on cage cards, and health and behavior information was particularly important. Adopters found greater importance in interacting with the animal rather than viewing it in its kennel. The results of this study can be used by shelters to create better adoption matches, prioritize shelter resources and staff training, and potentially increase adoptions. Additionally, some simple training techniques are suggested to facilitate adopter-friendly behaviors from sheltered dogs and cats.

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Adopter’s responses when asked the most important reason they choose their adult dog or cat.
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animals-02-00144-f002: Adopter’s responses when asked the most important reason they choose their adult dog or cat.

Mentions: Overall, more dogs (54%) than cats (46%) were adopted. More puppies (69.4%) were adopted than kittens (30.6%), while slightly more adult cats (51.6%) were adopted than adult dogs (48.4%). Appearance was cited most often as the single most important reason people adopted their dog (27.3%) while 26.9% of people who adopted cats cited behavior (Figure 2). The above relationships between species and single most important reason for adoption were significant, χ2(1, N = 1,596) = 110.30, p < 0.005. Species type had a moderate relationship (Cramer’s V = 0.26) to most important reason cited. Within species, there was an effect of the animal’s reported age group (Figure 3), with appearance being the most frequently cited reason for adoption of a kitten (22.6%) while behavior with people was the most frequently cited reason for adoption of a cat (29.6%). In contrast, appearance was the most frequently cited reason (Figure 4), whether one was adopting a puppy (29%) or a dog (26.8%). For both cats and dogs, the relationship between the reported age group and the most important reason cited was significant, χ2(14, N = 675) = 34.38, p < 0.01, and χ2(14, N = 813) = 27.48, p < 0.05, respectively. Age group had a moderate relationship (V = 0.23) to single most important reason for cats, and a small effect (V = 0.18) for dogs.


Why Did You Choose This Pet?: Adopters and Pet Selection Preferences in Five Animal Shelters in the United States.

Weiss E, Miller K, Mohan-Gibbons H, Vela C - Animals (Basel) (2012)

Adopter’s responses when asked the most important reason they choose their adult dog or cat.
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animals-02-00144-f002: Adopter’s responses when asked the most important reason they choose their adult dog or cat.
Mentions: Overall, more dogs (54%) than cats (46%) were adopted. More puppies (69.4%) were adopted than kittens (30.6%), while slightly more adult cats (51.6%) were adopted than adult dogs (48.4%). Appearance was cited most often as the single most important reason people adopted their dog (27.3%) while 26.9% of people who adopted cats cited behavior (Figure 2). The above relationships between species and single most important reason for adoption were significant, χ2(1, N = 1,596) = 110.30, p < 0.005. Species type had a moderate relationship (Cramer’s V = 0.26) to most important reason cited. Within species, there was an effect of the animal’s reported age group (Figure 3), with appearance being the most frequently cited reason for adoption of a kitten (22.6%) while behavior with people was the most frequently cited reason for adoption of a cat (29.6%). In contrast, appearance was the most frequently cited reason (Figure 4), whether one was adopting a puppy (29%) or a dog (26.8%). For both cats and dogs, the relationship between the reported age group and the most important reason cited was significant, χ2(14, N = 675) = 34.38, p < 0.01, and χ2(14, N = 813) = 27.48, p < 0.05, respectively. Age group had a moderate relationship (V = 0.23) to single most important reason for cats, and a small effect (V = 0.18) for dogs.

Bottom Line: Adopters found greater importance in interacting with the animal rather than viewing it in its kennel.The results of this study can be used by shelters to create better adoption matches, prioritize shelter resources and staff training, and potentially increase adoptions.Additionally, some simple training techniques are suggested to facilitate adopter-friendly behaviors from sheltered dogs and cats.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Shelter Research and Development, Community Outreach, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA®), 424 E. 92nd St., New York, NY 10128, USA. emily.weiss@aspca.org.

ABSTRACT
Responses from an adopter survey (n = 1,491) determined reasons for pet selection, type of information received by the adopter, and the context in which the animal's behavior was observed. Appearance of the animal, social behavior with adopter, and personality were the top reasons for adoption across species and age groups. Most adopters stated that information about the animal from a staff member or volunteer was more important than information on cage cards, and health and behavior information was particularly important. Adopters found greater importance in interacting with the animal rather than viewing it in its kennel. The results of this study can be used by shelters to create better adoption matches, prioritize shelter resources and staff training, and potentially increase adoptions. Additionally, some simple training techniques are suggested to facilitate adopter-friendly behaviors from sheltered dogs and cats.

No MeSH data available.