Reasons people surrender unowned and owned cats to Australian animal shelters and barriers to assuming ownership of unowned cats

Zito, Sarah, Morton, John, Vankan, Dianne, Paterson, Mandy, Bennett, Pauleen C., Rand, Jacquie and Phillips, Clive J. C. (2016) Reasons people surrender unowned and owned cats to Australian animal shelters and barriers to assuming ownership of unowned cats. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 19 3: 303-319. doi:10.1080/10888705.2016.1141682


Author Zito, Sarah
Morton, John
Vankan, Dianne
Paterson, Mandy
Bennett, Pauleen C.
Rand, Jacquie
Phillips, Clive J. C.
Title Reasons people surrender unowned and owned cats to Australian animal shelters and barriers to assuming ownership of unowned cats
Journal name Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1532-7604
1088-8705
Publication date 2016-04-04
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10888705.2016.1141682
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 19
Issue 3
Start page 303
End page 319
Total pages 17
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Most cats surrendered to nonhuman animal shelters are identified as unowned, and the surrender reason for these cats is usually simply recorded as “stray.” A cross-sectional study was conducted with people surrendering cats to 4 Australian animal shelters. Surrenderers of unowned cats commonly gave surrender reasons relating to concern for the cat and his/her welfare. Seventeen percent of noncaregivers had considered adopting the cat. Barriers to assuming ownership most commonly related to responsible ownership concerns. Unwanted kittens commonly contributed to the decision to surrender for both caregivers and noncaregivers. Nonowners gave more surrender reasons than owners, although many owners also gave multiple surrender reasons. These findings highlight the multifactorial nature of the decision-making process leading to surrender and demonstrate that recording only one reason for surrender does not capture the complexity of the surrender decision. Collecting information about multiple reasons for surrender, particularly reasons for surrender of unowned cats and barriers to assuming ownership, could help to develop strategies to reduce the number of cats surrendered.
Keyword Animal welfare
Cat surrender
Reasons for cat surrender
Shelter medicine
Unwanted cat problem
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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