Can pet ownership tell us anything about ourselves? Do certain personality traits predict the type of pets we own and how we behave towards them? At the Animal Welfare Science Centre, Monash University, we are trying to find out what people think about companion animal ownership and to figure out ways to improve the welfare of cats and dogs.
This work follows a series of projects with the Soi Dog Foundation that suggest the potential relevance of cultural factors in predicting attitudes towards pet ownership behaviours, such as sterilisation. While research shows that concerns about animal welfare appear to be universal (Coleman, 2008), the manner in which those attitudes translate into action may be influenced by local beliefs and values. By exploring this in detail, we hope to use this information to inform western implementation of animal welfare management and educational programs in a way that is culturally sensitive and capacity building.
The Centre is looking for pet owners AND non-owners aged 18 and over who are fluent in English.
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