Special Issue "Behavior of Shelter Animals"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Companion Animals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Betty McGuire
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Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
Interests: mammalian social behavior, parental care, and ecology; applied animal behavior; human-animal interactions; animal shelters; animal welfare

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Each year animal shelters receive, care for, and rehome dogs, cats, and other animals. Even under the best of circumstances, however, shelters can be challenging environments for the animals that enter them. Often, animals are housed in close proximity in unfamiliar locations, sometimes with limited space and, typically, high noise levels. Additionally, shelter animals interact with many unfamiliar people and experience a lack of predictability and control in their daily lives. Some animals enter shelters with behavioral problems while others may develop or display problematic behaviors in the shelter. 

This Special Issue, Behavior of Shelter Animals, will focus on the behavior of animals while they are in shelter environments. The goal is to provide information that will inform shelter programs and policies. We invite original research articles, critical reviews, and commentaries on topics such as efforts to reduce stress during sheltering, responses to enrichment, behavioral evaluations, individual differences in behavior, and behavioral issues such as resource guarding. Articles on dogs, cats, and other animals housed in shelters are welcome.

Dr. Betty McGuire
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • behavior
  • behavioral evaluation
  • cat
  • dog
  • enrichment
  • individual differences
  • resource guarding
  • stress

Published Papers (1 paper)

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Characteristics and Adoption Success of Shelter Dogs Assessed as Resource Guarders
Animals 2019, 9(11), 982; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani9110982 - 17 Nov 2019
Abstract
Some domestic dogs aggressively guard resources. Canine resource guarding impacts public health through dog bites and affects dog welfare through adoption and euthanasia policies at animal shelters. However, little is known about the demographic characteristics and adoption success of dogs assessed as resource [...] Read more.
Some domestic dogs aggressively guard resources. Canine resource guarding impacts public health through dog bites and affects dog welfare through adoption and euthanasia policies at animal shelters. However, little is known about the demographic characteristics and adoption success of dogs assessed as resource guarders during shelter behavioral evaluations. I reviewed nearly five years of records from a New York (NY) SPCA and categorized 1016 dogs by sex; age; size; reproductive status; and resource guarding. I then examined how these characteristics influenced the returns of dogs by adopters. The prevalence of resource guarding in this shelter dog population was 15%. Resource guarding was more common in adult and senior dogs than in juvenile dogs; and it was more common in small and large dogs than medium-sized dogs. Spayed females were more likely than intact females to guard food; neutered males and intact males did not differ in their likelihood of food guarding. Most dogs identified as resource guarders showed mild to moderate guarding. Severe guarders were more likely to be returned by adopters; although almost all were eventually re-adopted and not returned to the shelter. Data presented here provide the most comprehensive description of resource guarders in a shelter dog population and show the successful re-homing of most. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Behavior of Shelter Animals)

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1. Title: Characteristics and adoption success of shelter dogs assessed as resource guarders

Authors: Dr. Betty McGuire

Affiliation: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

 

2. Title: Means of reducing stress in shelter dogs and improving their behavior through human interaction

Authors: Dr. Michael B. Hennessy

Affiliation: Department of Psychology, Wright State University, OH

 

3. Title: Evaluation of preference assessments for enrichment items in shelter dogs

Authors: Dr. Alexandra Protopovova

Affiliation: Animal Welfare Program, The University of British Columbia, Canada

 

4. Title: Topic to be announced, but will concern shelter dogs

Authors: Dr. Clive Wynne

Affiliation: Director of the Canine Collaboratory, Arizona State University, AZ

 

5. Title: Measuring stable individual differences in the behavior of adult shelter cats: possible contributions to a match between cat and new owner

Authors: Dr. Robyn Hudson

Affiliation: Instituto de Investigaciones Biomedicas, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico

 

6. Title: Human interaction as a means of reducing stress and improving welfare of shelter dogs.

Authors: Hennessy, M.B., Willen, R.M., and Schiml, P.A.

Affiliation: Department of Psychology, Wright State University, OH

 

7. Title: The effects of containment, price, volunteer behavior, dog behavior, and morphology on adopter interest: An experimental assessment of adoption event protocols.

Authors: Protopopova, A., Brown, K.M., Andrukonis, A.S., Jacobs, K.E., Arant, M.E., and Hall, N.J.

Affiliation: Animal Welfare Program, The University of British Columbia, Canada

 

8. Title: Stable individual differences in the behavior of adult shelter cats: contribution to a match between cats and new owners?

Authors: Byer S., Urrutia A., Szenczi P., Hudson R., and Bánszefi O.

Affiliation: Instituto de Investigaciones Biomedicas, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico

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