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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: 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.

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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 which source provided the most important information about their dog or cat.
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Mentions: Most people reported that the most important source of information about their pet was from a staff member or volunteer (Figure 7). There was no significant difference between cats and dogs. More people reported that information from the internet was an important information source about dogs (36%) than cats (30%), (χ2(1, N = 1594) = 6.58, p < 0.01), however, the effect size was extremely small (Phi = 0.06). There was no significant difference in importance of information sources for cats vs. kittens. More dog adopters than puppy adopters reported that information from a staff member was important (36%), (χ2(1, N = 812) = 6.21, p < 0.02), but the effect size was very small (Phi = 0.09).


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 which source provided the most important information about their dog or cat.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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animals-02-00144-f007: Adopter’s responses when asked which source provided the most important information about their dog or cat.
Mentions: Most people reported that the most important source of information about their pet was from a staff member or volunteer (Figure 7). There was no significant difference between cats and dogs. More people reported that information from the internet was an important information source about dogs (36%) than cats (30%), (χ2(1, N = 1594) = 6.58, p < 0.01), however, the effect size was extremely small (Phi = 0.06). There was no significant difference in importance of information sources for cats vs. kittens. More dog adopters than puppy adopters reported that information from a staff member was important (36%), (χ2(1, N = 812) = 6.21, p < 0.02), but the effect size was very small (Phi = 0.09).

Bottom Line: 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.

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.


Related in: MedlinePlus