Published: Rebecca Barber

Rebecca Barber (Business Affairs), along with co-authors from Arizona State and Virginia Tech, published "Investigating the Impact of Brief Outings on the Welfare of Dogs Living in US Shelters" in a special issue of the journal Animals that was focused on the welfare of animals in animal shelters. This study found that short (2.5-hour) outings did not reduce stress levels in shelter dogs, unlike longer temporary foster activities. Nonetheless, the exposure and socialization can improve the chance of a dog being adopted. More work is necessary to identify the efficacy of brief outings on adoption likelihood and overall length of stay in the shelter environment.

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