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Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff

Emily Weiss (Editor), Heather Mohan-Gibbons (Editor), Stephen Zawistowski (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-92283-5 May 2015 Wiley-Blackwell 400 Pages


Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff presents and evaluates the available research and programs that address both animal and human behaviors associated with the intake, management and rehoming of dog and cats.

  • Introductions to dog and cat behavior relevant to any animal professional
  • Reviews behavioral reasons for the relinquishment of dogs and cats
  • Describes intake and assessment protocol, shelter design, training and enrichment programs that reduce stress and enhance behavioral well-being
  • Concepts to improve the adoption process and support the human-animal bond post-adoption

List of contributors vi

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction 1

Section 1: Pets in the community

1 Introduction to dog behavior 5
Julie Hecht and Alexandra Horowitz

2 Introduction to cat behavior 31
Stephen Zawistowski

3 Behavior risks for relinquishment 46
Heather Mohan]Gibbons and Emily Weiss

4 The relationship between physiology and behavior in dogs and cats 63
Valarie V. Tynes, Leslie Sinn, and Colleen S. Koch

5 Behavioral ecology of free-roaming/community cats 102
Margaret R. Slater

Section 2: Dogs in the shelter

6 Intake and assessment 131
Amy R. Marder

7 Housing, husbandry, and behavior of dogs in animal shelters 145
Lila Miller and Stephen Zawistowski

8 Canine enrichment 160
Alexandra Moesta, Sandra McCune, Lesley Deacon, and Katherine A. Kruger

9 Training and behavior modification for the shelter 172
Pamela J. Reid and Kristen Collins

Section 3: Cats in the shelter

10 Feline intake and assessment 191
Stephanie Janeczko

11 Feline housing 218
Sandra Newbury

12 Environmental and behavioral enrichment for cats 234
Katherine Miller and Katie Watts

13 Training and behavior modification for shelter cats 250
Kelley Bollen

Section 4: From shelter to homes

14 The adoption process: The interface with the human animal 269
Bert Troughton

15 Safety nets and support for pets at risk of entering the sheltering system 286
Emily Weiss

16 Adopter support: Using postadoption programs to maximize adoption success 292
Linda M. Reider

17 Lost and found 358
Linda K. Lord

Appendix 1 Canine body language 366

Appendix 2 Feline body language 371

Appendix 3 Five freedoms for animal welfare 375

Index 376

“It is a must-read for anyone working with shelter animals and will appeal to those who have an interest in shelter animals or animal behavior in general.”  (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 15 December 2015)

"This book is a useful addition to the small but growing canon of literature on shelter medicine, providing a good grounding and some helpful practical advice." (Veterinary Record, April 2016)