A Companion Animal Care Article from All-Creatures.org


(Willful) Ignorance is not bliss


FROM Nathan Winograd, Substack.com
April 2022

A new study finds that shelter managers and senior staff tend toward regressive views about dog welfare and may not be committed to keeping shelter dogs healthy and happy.

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The last two decades have seen a meteoric rise in the number of university professors and other scholars focusing their research on understanding and improving dog welfare in animal shelters. This includes studies that show that:

  • Dogs “experience fear and anxiety immediately upon admission” to a shelter. Unless those “shelters” provide clean environments and social enrichment, dogs will experience continuing stress and physically and mentally deteriorate over time.
  • Dogs who are housed alone likewise suffer and should be pair or group-housed (if they get along with other dogs).
  • Isolating dogs in barren kennels harms them.
  • Dogs are set up to fail unreliable temperament testing.

Much of that research has confirmed what people outside of the shelter who care about dogs already know: that, in order to thrive, dogs need love, routine, nutritious food, exercise, veterinary care, boundaries/reasonable rules, a clean environment, socialization with people and other dogs, and a sense of belonging.


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