Perceptions of Prominent Animal Welfare and Veterinary Care Organizations in the United States
Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078, USA
Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
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Received: 5 February 2020 / Revised: 28 February 2020 / Accepted: 9 March 2020 / Published: 12 March 2020
Public perception of animal well-being, and pet animal well-being in particular, remains a significant point of contention. This study ranks prominent animal welfare and veterinary care organizations’ perceived impact on pet animal well-being and health care based on U.S. residents’ perceptions, while explicitly accounting for variation between pet-owning and non-pet-owning households. Results suggest that the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is perceived as the most impactful organization followed by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Humane Association (AHA) were tied for third most impactful. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Pet Products Association (APPA) were tied for fourth most impactful while Banfield was perceived as the least impactful.