Study of Hoarded Dogs

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Best Friends Animal Society and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine are conducting a large scale study of hoarded dogs. The study looks at the psychological and behavioral characteristics of dogs removed from a hoarding situation, which is a living environment where a person or persons accumulate animals in numbers that exceed the person’s abilities to provide for the basic needs of the animals, resulting in animal suffering.The study is very similar to the one in which we looked at dogs from puppy mills (see it here: http://www.journals.elsevierhealth.com/periodicals/applan/article/S0 168-1591(11)00300-5/abstract).
If you are currently caring for a dog that had been removed from a hoarding situation, we would greatly appreciate your participation in the study.Participation involves nothing more than filling out an online questionnaire about your dog’s behavior, which takes approximately 15 minutes. The strictest confidence is guaranteed and your contact information will not be provided to anyone else.
Here is the link to the University of Pennsylvania website where the questionnaire is posted: http://vetapps.vet.upenn.edu/cbarq/bestfriends.The pin number for the study is 9093.
If you have any questions please feel free to email Dr. Frank McMillan at dr.frank@bestfriends.org.

Edited by author Tue Oct 9, '12 9:20am PST