Taking Care of Companion Animals

Institutional Policies and Practices in Newfoundland and Labrador

in Society & Animals
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Focusing on local government and non-governmental nonhuman animal welfare organizations, this paper reports survey results on institutional policies, interpretive frameworks, and practices regarding companion animals in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The findings suggested that local governments and animal shelters use different interpretive frameworks of companion animal welfare, with the former taking a human-centric position and the latter focusing on animal well-being. The results showed that most local governments are not well engaged with animal welfare issues. Instead, these issues are more often dealt with by non-governmental organizations that operate on limited budgets and rely heavily on volunteer labor. Whereas federal and provincial governments are responsible for legislating companion animal welfare, practical implementation of animal welfare has been largely the responsibility of non-governmental organizations. Our findings demonstrated that the ways that animal welfare policy is interpreted and enacted at the local level have significant implications for animal well-being more broadly.

Taking Care of Companion Animals

Institutional Policies and Practices in Newfoundland and Labrador

in Society & Animals



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    Does the drowning of unwanted animals occur in your community? Chi-Square (df = 4) = 66.39; p < .001.
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    Does your organization/area have the following programs or policies? Chi-Square statistic for each response significant at p < .001.
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    Does your community contribute financially or in-kind to local animal shelters? Chi-Square (df = 2) = 0.59; n.s.
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    Do you communicate with representatives from local animal shelters regarding animal welfare/control policies and practices? Chi-Square (df = 1) = 4.12; p < .05.
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    Is your organization active in your schools with regards to animal welfare? Chi-Square (df = 4) = 62.81; p < .001.

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