Special Issue "The Welfare of Cats and Dogs"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2019).
Interests: animal welfare; animal behavior; ethics
Interests: vertebrate social behavior; cognition; and welfare
Interests: animal behavior; welfare and cognition
Interests: animal welfare; animal behavior; epidemiology
As the keeping of companion animals has become ubiquitous, the relationships between people and companion dogs and cats continue to evolve in their diversity and significance in modern society. In developed Western nations, for example, it is estimated that a majority of households keep at least one cat or dog and these animals are increasingly characterized as family members. In addition to providing social support for people, cats and dogs may facilitate human therapeutic interventions, serve as biomedical models of human health conditions, or perform various forms of work for human benefit. Despite the numerous ways in which companion cats and dogs enhance human quality of life, such animals continue to face myriad welfare challenges in the various environments in which they are commonly kept, requiring ongoing scientific and ethical consideration of their needs and interests. Advancements in the sciences of animal welfare and their applications to cats and dogs are therefore critical to better understand and meet their needs, and to support the human-animal bond.
We invite original research papers that address novel methods for evaluating the welfare of cats and dogs as a function of their selection, housing, care and management in homes, shelters/rescues, research, breeding, or veterinary clinical environments. Additional topics may include the effects of human-animal interactions on canine or feline welfare, interactions between behavior, nutrition, health and/or welfare, genetic aspects of cat or dog welfare, public perceptions of canine or feline welfare and associated practices, and ethical issues associated with the keeping of cats and dogs.
Prof. Candace Croney
Prof. James Ha
Dr. Shanis Barnard
Dr. Hannah Flint
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Animals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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- Companion animal
- animal welfare
- human-animal bond