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ICAWC 2015 - When Love Breaks Down - Sandra Duarte Cardoso

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Sandra discusses the findings from a study which recorded the reasons for relinquishment of dogs and cats in the municipalities of Sintra and Cascais, both districts in Lisbon.

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ICAWC 2015 - When Love Breaks Down - Sandra Duarte Cardoso

  1. 1. When Love Breaks Down Reasons for Pet Relinquishment in Portugal Sandra Duarte Cardoso
  2. 2. Think about these numbers More than 10 million dogs and cats are abandoned in Portugal… … per year! This is equivalent to the entire Portuguese population.
  3. 3. The abandoned pets are recollected by official municipality shelters and the only solution is euthanasia! Its an important problem of public health and animal well being. The majority of stray animals have already had an owner and a home. A huge problem!
  4. 4. A huge problem! The abandoned pets are recollected by official municipality shelters and the only solution is euthanasia! Its an important problem of public health and animal well being. The majority of stray animals have already had an owner and a home.
  5. 5. Why do people abandon their pets? Who are the people who abandon their pets?
  6. 6. Several studies in some countries Salema (Portugal) Divorce Hunters Expensive diseasesHolydays Scarlett et al (dogs) Personal problems AllergiesLack of time Why do people abandon?
  7. 7. Development of a comprehensive study for Portugal Questionnaire Available between July 2012 and January 2013 (7 months) In the regional official municipality shelter and in two animal protection associations’ shelters in Sintra and Cascais 67 valid questionnaires received Included the characterization of the participant (age, income level, composition of the household, among others), as well as the relinquished animal (specie, gender, reproductive status, breed, among others) and the main reasons to relinquish
  8. 8. WHO relinquishes an animal? Women 25-40 years old non-owner The majority of animals were relinquished by non-owners 21 (in 34 owners who have relinquished their animal) said, in the same day, that they were willing to have other animal in the future Most lower incomeOwners who relinquishes want to have a pet in the future
  9. 9. Relinquished animals More dogs than cats were relinquished 54 in 67 relinquished animals were intact
  10. 10. What are the reasons to relinquish? Emigration Financial problems Excess animals Animal diseases Allergies
  11. 11. Solutions? Further studies are required to assess this social problem Common European legislation for companion animal’s welfare and protection Share of experiences on several fields: lawyers, politicians, veterinarian specialists in behavior and welfare and Non- Governmental Organizations working together to achieve the desired goal

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