What Do Current and Potential Australian Dog Owners Believe about Shelter Practices and Shelter Dogs?
Kate Mornement, Grahame Coleman, Samia Toukhsati, Pauleen Bennett
Anthrozoös | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2012
Many displaced dogs are unable to find new homes in developed countries, including Australia, each year, even though demand for dogs in general remains high. Understanding community attitudes towards shelter dogs and beliefs about common shelter practices, particularly behavioral assessments conducted by shelters, may help shed light on this issue. To investigate what current and potential dog owners think about shelter dogs, we used an internet-based survey to probe the beliefs and attitudes of 1647 self-selected adult participants, using the online Public Attitudes towards Animal Welfare Shelter-Dogs (PAAWS-D) Survey. Over 80% of the sample indicated they would be likely or very likely to ..View full abstract