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Title Summarizing Reasons for Surrender and Stakeholder Perceptions within the Published Literature on Companion-animal Relinquishment
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Abstract Systematic methods were used to analyze published literature on companion-animal relinquishment to gain broader understanding of the causes and solutions for relinquishment. A systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted on 18 studies investigating reasons for dog surrender and dog euthanasia. An overall estimate for dog surrender for owner health/illness was 4.6% (95% CI: 4.1%, 5.2%). Pooling data from the current primary research on reasons for dog surrender is limited because of variability among studies. Data collection on reasons for surrender needs greater standardization on methodology. Stakeholder perceptions of reasons and solutions for relinquishment were explored among published reviews and commentaries using the analysis method framework. Four themes were identified: reasons why owners relinquish companion animals, solutions to companion-animal relinquishment, the role of euthanasia in relinquishment, and contributions of research to relinquishment. Results highlight the need for more research on reasons and suggest further development of educational opportunities for pet owners.
Subjects/Keywords dog surrender, dog euthanasia, dog, systematic review, meta-analysis, companion-animal relinquishment, companion animals, analysis method framework
Contributors Coe, Jason (advisor)
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Country of Publication ca
Record ID handle:10214/7833
Repository guelph
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Date Indexed 2017-09-27
Issued Date 2014-01-24 00:00:00

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…47 Outcome Measures.....................................................................48 Meta-analysis/meta-regression....................................................48 Dog Surrender: Moving…

…50 Dog Surrender: Behaviour Problems.....................................................50 Study descriptions.....................................................................50 Outcome measure…

…50 Meta-analysis/meta-regression...................................................51 Dog Surrender: Owner Health/Illness...................................................51 Study descriptions…

…51 viii Outcome measure.....................................................................51 Meta-analysis/meta-regression..................................................51 Dog Surrender: Cost…

…52 Dog Surrender: Human Expectation.....................................................53 Study descriptions...................................................................53 Outcome measure…

…205 B.3: Coding Index for a Qualitative Study Exploring the Issue of Pet Relinquishment...................................................................229 B.4: Example of partial thematic chart for owner surrender...........231 B.5: Example of…

…251 xiii LIST OF TABLES 2.1: Descriptive statistics for 18 primary research articles providing proportions for one or more reasons for surrender of dogs……………………………………....73 2.2: Categories used to classify the reasons for dog surrender and dog…

…euthanasia reported in studies………………………………………………………………...…75 2.3: Studies examining the 5 most-commonly investigated reasons for dog surrender………………………………………………………………………….....77 2.4: Studies examining the 5 most-commonly investigated reasons for dog…

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