What is canine welfare & how do we measure it in the animal shelter?

Considerable efforts have been made to improve the outcomes for dogs in animal shelters, resulting in substantial increases in the number of dogs adopted and returned to their owners as well as reductions in euthanasia. As the role of the animal shelter changes from one of temporary holding to longer lengths of stay, it is imperative we decide how best to measure welfare and how to use those outcomes to test evidence-based interventions intended to improve the conditions of shelter-living dogs. In this talk, I’ll discuss promising measures found across the literature that can help us better understand dogs’ experiences in the shelter as they await adoption.