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Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff


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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

About the Author

Emily Weiss, PhD, CAAB is Vice President of Shelter Research and Development for The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She has been involved in shelter behavior for over 25 years. She has published numerous peer reviewed manuscripts as well as book chapters, and serves on advisory boards and committees of national shelter programs. Heather Mohan-Gibbons, MS, RVT, ACAAB is the Director of Research and Applied Behavior for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Her current work focuses on improving the lives of animals and reducing their risks in communities. For the past twenty years, she worked professionally with exotic and domestic animals in veterinary clinics, universities, federal and state governments, animal shelters, and her own animal behavior business. She has lectured extensively on animal behavior and has published several peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. Stephen Zawistowski, PhD, CAAB is Science Advisor of The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He is a certified applied animal behaviorist and chaired the Animal Behavior Society s Board of Professional Certification from 1998-2007. He co-edited Animal Shelter Medicine (with Lila Miller, 2004) and the second edition in 2013.


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)

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