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This study represents a first attempt to examine companion animal 1 policies among California’s domestic violence shelters. Quantitative data provide information about the type of shelter, number of clients served, companion animal restrictions, visitation, placement of companion animals, and

In: Society & Animals

For many children throughout the world, childhood is accompanied by a companion animal (Beck & Katcher, 1996; Bryant, 1990; McCardle, McCune, Griffin, Esposito, & Freund, 2011; McCardle, McCune, Griffin, & Maholmes, 2011; Melson, 2001; Myers, 2007), and children report special relationships with

In: Society & Animals

acknowledging that animals do have a sense of self, people’s views on animals and their companion animals have changed, shifting from objects or distant others to family members (Alger & Alger, 1997). Seeing companion animals as family members reshapes the idea of the contemporary family (Schweiger & O

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Introduction Companion animals play an important role in many people’s and families’ lives. They may become part of the family system, providing companionship and emotional support. Consequently, if a family decides to emigrate to another country, hard decisions need to be made regarding the

In: Society & Animals
Authors: Bingtao Su and Pim Martens

less common than that in Western countries. In this paper, we examine people’s attributions of emotions and their feelings of attachment to animals in contemporary China. Research into human-animal relationships has demonstrated that companion animal caretakers are more likely to believe in the

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Introduction Since the 1980s, interest in studying human-animal relationships has surged, largely due to a worldwide increase in companion-animal guardianship (Hines, 2003). While these relationships often provide benefits for both the humans and companion animals involved, negative consequences

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Introduction Most religious texts present views supportive of nonhuman animal welfare, especially for domesticated animals (Szűcs, Geers, Jezierski, Sossidou, & Broom, 2012). Although numerous studies examine attitudes toward companion animals, primarily in western countries with largely

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1 Introduction In recent years, the companion animal population in the European Union (EU) has steadily grown, with the number of dogs significantly rising by six million from 2012 to 2014 ( www.statista.com ). To date, it is estimated, there are more than 60 million dogs and 74 million cats

In: Journal of Applied Animal Ethics Research

provide the same supportive functions for wellbeing as those between humans only. The stress and coping perspective of social support theory is central to the study of companion animals in health-promoting work-life. From this perspective, social support is believed to reduce stress and enhance coping

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In nations such as Thailand, companion animals without caregivers may be so prevalent that they are considered a normal, and largely tolerated, feature of urban and suburban landscapes (Hood, 1998 ; Reece, 2007 ). Free-roaming companion animals, with or without caregivers, are at risk of

In: Society & Animals