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And Then What Happened?

Study examines animal health and behavior post-adoption

Study examines animal health and behavior post-adoption

In 2008, Animal Sheltering brought you a feature about the adopter followup program at the Michigan Humane Society (MHS), through which the shelter checks in with families to see how their new pets are settling into their homes ("What Happens After 'Happily Ever After'?", Mar-Apr 2008, p. 30). The program has allowed the organization to track the progress of its adopted animals—and do some helpful self-analysis to identify potential problems and get them fixed early.

Now the results of their program have been quantified in a recent study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Association (JAVMA; Vol. 233, No. 11). “Health and behavior problems in dogs and cats one week and one month after adoption from animal shelters” not only provides some useful data about adopters’ behavior, but demonstrates the value of the adopter follow.

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