When After Adoption (or After Entering Foster Care) are People Most Likely to Report New Behavioral or Health Problems in Dogs?

February 4, 2020

Audience: Executive Leadership, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team

Organization: University of California Davis
Investigator(s): Nicole Fernandez, Mikel Delgado, Melissa Bain
Grant Amount: $5,500.00
Project Type: Summer Scholar
Project Status: Research Complete

Project Summary

This University of California Davis Summer Scholar study aimed to determine the prevalence of reported problems and any obvious data trends in dog foster and adopter survey responses by examining 36,000 surveys gathered by the Maddie's<sup>&reg;</sup> Pet Assistant mobile app. Behavior issues were the most prevalent problems reported, with house-soiling being the most frequently reported for both adopted and fostered dogs. Over 50% of respondents on Day 1, Day 3 and Day 30 reported no health issues in both adopted and foster dogs.

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