Animal Shelter-Related Research
The ASPCA® leads studies and collaborates with other organizations on research that advances the welfare of dogs, cats, and horses in animal shelters. These programs and ideas will enable you to help the animals in your community, from fostering and adoption to relocation, emergency response, animal care, and more.
ASPCA Survey: Strategies to Increase Participation in Kitten Foster Programs in High Shelter Intake Communities
Read a recent ASPCA study that identifies barriers and opportunities to increase kitten foster volunteers in high kitten shelter intake communities.
New ASPCA Survey: Vast Majority of Dogs and Cats Acquired During Pandemic Still in Their Homes
As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, 90% of dogs and 87% of cats are still in their homes.
Adoption Ambassadors Foster Program
Adoption Ambassadors is foster care taken to the next level: You supply simple training and a few tools, and foster parents take it from there.
Encouraging Research Regarding Homes for Horses
New research suggests there are 2.3 million individuals or 1.2 million households with the strong interest and capacity to adopt a homeless horse.
Fee-Waived Animal Adoptions
Thinking about waiving fees? Research studies and individual experiences confirm that fee-waived cats are just as loved as ones with a price tag.
Retention of Pet ID Tags and Outcomes for Lost Pets
If shelters provide ID tags and put them on adopted or found animals, the likelihood immediately improves that those pets, if lost, will return home.
Meet Your Match Pet Adoption Program
Meet Your Match is a research-based adoptions program proven to increase adoptions and decrease returns. Learn about Canine- and Feline-ality
Why Shelters Should Waive Cat Adoption Fees
Waive fees and adopters will come. The price tag – or lack thereof – doesn’t affect the love or longevity of an adopter’s relationship with a cat.
Do Underweight Dogs Resource Guard More?
Discover the research results from an ASPCA study on food aggression in dogs who have experienced food scarcity.
Feline Spectrum Assessment
Feline Spectrum Assessment (FSA) is a standardized and simple four-step process for assessing incoming cats that grew out of the ASPCA’s “Is This Cat Feral?” research.
Food Guarding in Shelter Dogs
An ASPCA study provides a compelling argument against euthanizing dogs who display food guarding.
Research on Kitten Death in Shelters and Rescues
Learn how clinical signs like diarrhea and weight loss in young kittens may impact their survival rate in a shelter or rescue setting.