Fellow Creatures: New Post on Social Vulnerability and the Surrender of Pets

I have a new post at my Psychology Today blog, Fellow Creatures, that looks at some research on the factors that affect people's decision to surrender pets to the BC SPCA.

A dog in green space in Port Coquitlam. Social vulnerability and the reasons why people surrender pets.
Photo: Justin Veeneema/Unsplash

By Zazie Todd PhD.

The research, published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science, looks at the reasons people give when they surrender pets to different BC SPCA shelters, and compares this to a measure of social deprivation called the Canadian Index of Multiple Deprivation. They also look in particular at similarities and differences between Metro Vancouver and Kamloops, a smaller city in south-central BC.

The results will help in the planning of programs to support animal welfare. Check out the post here: How human vulnerability influences the surrender of pets

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Zazie Todd, PhD, is the author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, a BC bestseller and winner of the Maxwell Medallion for best book (behaviour, health or general care) from the Dog Writers Association of America. She is the founder of the popular blog Companion Animal Psychology, and also writes a column for Psychology Today. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband, one dog, and two cats.

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