|Barked: Tue Aug 11, '09 1:26pm PST |
|I know a lot of people are reluctant to adopt from a shelter because of the belief that shelter dogs have been relinquished because of behavior problems.
And I also know that there have been a bunch of debates on dogster about whether it's fair for rescues to refuse to adopt to certain people. (cough cough Lillith, Tiller, etc)
Here's a really interesting study that might answer both questions, and I think anyone involved in rescue should read. They surveyed pet relinquishers versus pet-owning members of the general public about their pet, and general pet knowlege.
(I don't know how to make it a link, sorry! and it's a PDF, but totally worth downloading and reading)
And it comes up with some DUH stuff (people give up dogs because they think they are too active, because they bit someone, because they chew) and some more subtle stuff (significantly more relinquished dogs than control group dogs came from pet stores, more men than women give up their dogs, the more education you have, the less likely to give up a dog, and control group dogs have most of the same "behavior problems" as surrendered ones, surprise).
It made me think, ya know, by this study, a young woman with a college degree is actually a fairly safe bet, and that sounds like the people who were complaining about being rejected. Breeders should do some reading...
And people should give shelter dogs a chance! there's nothing wrong with them except ignorant owners!
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