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The Shelter Dog in a One Health View. A Model Kennel in Southern Italy

Version 1 : Received: 5 May 2022 / Approved: 6 May 2022 / Online: 6 May 2022 (13:55:36 CEST)

How to cite: D’Angelo, D.; Sacchettino, L.; Quaranta, A.; Visone, M.; Avallone, L.; Gatta, C.; Napolitano, F. The Shelter Dog in a One Health View. A Model Kennel in Southern Italy. Preprints 2022, 2022050080 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202205.0080.v1). D’Angelo, D.; Sacchettino, L.; Quaranta, A.; Visone, M.; Avallone, L.; Gatta, C.; Napolitano, F. The Shelter Dog in a One Health View. A Model Kennel in Southern Italy. Preprints 2022, 2022050080 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202205.0080.v1).

Abstract

Today, the kennel is considered one of the crucial concerns of the human-animal relationship, since it is very often regarded as animal dump where dogs exile, thus representing a burden on society. Therefore, drawing up strategies for a new “kennel conception”, as an added value for human society, environment, and dogs is still an unmet need. Here, we described the activities of a shelter dog in southern Italy, which faithfully meets criteria aimed at One Health perspective. It normally relies on an initial careful assessment by veterinary behaviorist, in order to guarantee the most suitable life conditions for the animals in the kennels, increase the chances of adoption and enroll them in projects tailored to their predispositions. Accordingly, dogs housed there are normally included in training courses to increase the skills to be used in different human social contexts, like support to the inmates, rescue in the rubble, animal-assisted interventions, as well as zooanthropology educational programs. The main strength for this groundbreaking shelter relies on the environmental protection schedule, where the purposes, employing technically and economically sustainable tools, point towards the continuous improvement and minimization of the environmental impact, promoting joint integrative projects for a sustainable One Health framework.

Keywords

One Health; shelter dog; dog adoption; dog well-being; dog behavior

Subject

BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, Behavioral Neuroscience

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