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Pets, people and urban places

How can pet owners live peacefully with others – and their pets? What policies and bylaws should cities adopt to ensure animal welfare and public safety?
Melanie Rock’s research draws on the One Health concept, which recognizes intricate connections between the health of humans, animals and ecosystems. Applications of One Health range from infectious disease control to dog-walking for physical activity and social engagement, to the social justice implications of cultural ideas about human-animal relationships.
Read on to learn more about Melanie’s research and how it can inform policies that could lead to better lives for people, pets and wildlife in cities.
You can also view the webinar recording at http://www.ucalgary.ca/explore/pets-people-and-urban-places

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Pets, people and urban places

  1. 1. Pets in the city: Living together in urban areas Melanie Rock, MSW, PhD (Anthropology), RSW Associate Scientific Director, O’Brien Institute for Public Health Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine Department of Ecosystem and Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Department of Anthropology & Archaeology, Faculty of Arts Faculty of Social Work Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education www.ucalgary.ca/mrock
  2. 2. Welcome!  Webinar series by University of Calgary scholars  Information presented is a summary of the scholars’ research  Please submit questions throughout the duration of the webinar  Keep the conversation live on Twitter during the webinar using #exploreUCalgary
  3. 3. Melanie Rock  Associate Scientific Director, O’Brien Institute for Public Health  Medical anthropologist, health promoter and social worker  Competitive funding (e.g., CIHR, SSHRC) since 2004 for human- animal studies vis-à-vis healthy cities, communities  Born, raised in rural Alberta  @rock_m (on Twitter)
  4. 4. Pets in Canada – By the numbers  56% of Canadian households have dogs and/or cats  23% had only cats  20% had only dogs  13% had dogs AND cats  12% had fish  5% had birds  2% had rabbits, hamsters  1% had another species of pet
  5. 5. Pets in Canada – Money matters
  6. 6. Diabetes  Diabetic Pet-Care  http://www.flickr.com/photos/qualm/356126823/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/qualm/356126823/
  7. 7. Multi-species families ‘She would absolutely cry when it was needle time. And that, that I think is why I was so upset.’ (cited in Rock & Babinec, 2010)
  8. 8. Multi-species families ‘I watched him, and he was real sluggish, and he was going out to pee a lot, and drinking a lot of water. And, see, ‘cause I got diabetes, I know that’s what you do.’ (cited in Rock & Babinec, 2008)
  9. 9. Multi-species families ‘I had him crash on me a couple of times where his blood sugar went so low that he became very disoriented and couldn’t walk.’ (cited in Rock & Babinec, 2008)
  10. 10. Diabetic pet-care  Dog-walking
  11. 11. Multi-species families (cited in Degeling & Rock, 2013) ‘It was not just a walking experience, it was a . . . it was a total, an all-in experience… So the dog might get out of bed and get you going in the morning, and you enjoyed it all the way through.’
  12. 12. Multi-species families  Dog-owners 3x more likely to walk year-round in their neigbourhoods, compared with non-dog-owners in Calgary
  13. 13. Multi-species communities  Frequent dog-walkers felt more connected to neighbourhoods, compared with non-dog-owners & infrequent dog-walkers in Calgary
  14. 14. Multi-species communities ? ‘A specific group of people, often living in a defined geographical area, who share a common culture, values and norms, are arranged in a social structure according to relationships which the community has developed over a period of time.’ World Health Organization Health Promotion Glossary ( Nutbeam 1998)
  15. 15. Multi-species public health ? ‘the efforts organized by society to protect, promote, and restore the people’s health’ Dictionary of Epidemiology (Last 2001)
  16. 16. Multi-species publics ?  Concerning the people as a whole  Performed, perceived, or exists in ways that are open to all  Rational thought  Rational speech  Rational writing
  17. 17. Problems produce publics, to seek solutions
  18. 18. Calgary = Model City for Policies on Pets
  19. 19. Calgary = Model City for Policies on Pets
  20. 20. Calgary = Model City for Policies on Pets Melanie J. Rock et al. Health Promot. Int. 2014;heapro.dau017 © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com
  21. 21. Calgary = Model City for Policies on Pets
  22. 22. Calgary = Model City for Policies on Pets
  23. 23. Calgary = Model City for Policies on Pets
  24. 24. Calgary = Model City for Policies on Pets Melanie J. Rock et al. Health Promot. Int. 2014;heapro.dau017 © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com
  25. 25. Calgary = Model City for Policies on Pets
  26. 26. Calgary = Model City for Policies on Pets
  27. 27. Calgary = Model City for Policies on Pets Melanie J. Rock et al. Health Promot. Int. 2014;heapro.dau017 © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com
  28. 28. Calgary = Model City, yet… Outdoor signage publicizing public engagement (Photograph credits: Lindsay Burton and Kenda Swanson).
  29. 29. Calgary = Model City, yet… Source: 2012 Annual Report, Animal and Bylaw Services, City of Calgary CALGARY -- A judge has ruled that a man who killed an Alberta peace officer who had come to his property to investigate a dog complaint is not criminally responsible. Dawn Rault, MA (Human Security & Peacebuilding) - PhD Candidate
  30. 30. Calgary = Model City, yet…
  31. 31. Calgary = Model City, yet…
  32. 32. Calgary = Model City, yet…
  33. 33. Calgary = Model City, yet…
  34. 34. Calgary = Model City, yet…
  35. 35. Calgary = Model City, yet…
  36. 36. Calgary = Model City for Policies on Pets
  37. 37. Calgary = Model City for Policies on Pets
  38. 38. Summary People’s pets = family members •Pets = private property, too Pets create communities •Pets may divide communities Pets participate in public life •People’s pets influence politics
  39. 39. With gratitude… Funders: SSHRC, CIHR, ProvAB UCalgary (O’Brien Institute for Public Health, Cumming School of Medicine, Vice-President Research / Human Dynamics) Partnered organizations: City of Calgary, Calgary Humane Society, Meow Foundation Collaborators & Students (past & present) Please visit: www.ucalgary.ca/mrock
  40. 40. Thank you Sign up for other UCalgary webinars (link below), download our eBooks, and watch videos on the outcomes of our scholars’ research at ucalgary.ca/explore/collections Information presented today was a summary of the scholar’s research and the opinions expressed were based on the scholar’s field of study
  41. 41. Other Webinar Topics For ideas on other UCalgary webinar topics, please email us at exploreucalgary@ucalgary.ca

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