This mixed-methods research examines socioeconomic factors influencing the pet adoption process and pet retention, pet fostering and shelter collaboration. This is a novel and exploratory study involving qualitative interviews of 26 adapters and shelter/AWO leaders to examine drivers of pet adoption and retention.
A quantitative study among 3,700 shelters is conducted to understand the role and impact of poverty, shelter type, shelter size, and receipt of transferred pets on live release rates for sheltered canines and felines. Together, these studies address the overarching research question: What socioeconomic and organizational factors affect and to what extent shelter live release rates?
Sean P Andrews
Doctor of Management Non-Profit Management Fellow