Investigators sponsored by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy interviewed people who relinquished dogs and cats at 12 shelters in 4 regions of the USA. We collected similar data from a sample of US households with companion animals. Data collected included non-human animal characteristics such as age, sex, and frequency of selected behaviours. We also obtained data on keepers' (owners') age, sex, and level of education as well as their general knowledge of pet care and behaviour. We found that relinquishment was associated with physical and behavioural characteristics of the animals and owner characteristics and knowledge. Relinquished animals were more likely to be intact, younger and mixed bred. People relinquishing animals were significantly more likely to be men and younger than 35 years.
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