To determine the number and species of animals cared for by the PetSafe program at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine (a community service offered to meet the short-term housing needs of pets, especially pets owned by victims of intimate partner violence) from 2004 through 2019 and collect information on duration of stay, outcome, health problems, and expenses.
229 animals cared for by the PetSafe program.
Medical records were reviewed for information on species, breed, age, duration of stay, outcome of stay, client referral source, whether the animal had been cared for previously, health problems, medical interventions, and expenses incurred.
There were 124 dogs, 95 cats, 6 ferrets, and 4 sugar gliders; 187 of the animals were returned to their owners, 37 were rehomed, and 5 were euthanized because of medical conditions. The most common health problems were dental disease and dermatological complaints (eg, flea infestation and resulting fleabite dermatitis). None of the animals had physical evidence of abuse. Mean duration of stay was 22 days (range, 1 to 93 days), and mean ± SD cost per animal was $368 ± $341.
Over the 16-year period of the study, the number and species of animals cared for by the PetSafe program at Purdue and the health problems encountered in those animals were relatively stable, and the program was able to meet the relatively predictable financial costs incurred through existing sources of funding.
Objective—To determine risk factors for pet evacuation
failure during a flood.
Sample Population—203 pet-owning households in
a flooded region.
Procedures—Persons under evacuation notice
because of a flood were interviewed by use of a random
Results—102 households evacuated with their pets,
whereas 101 households evacuated without their
pets. Low pet attachment and commitment scores
were significantly associated with a greater chance of
pet evacuation failure. Risk of pet evacuation failure
and lower attachment and commitment scores were
also associated with pet management practices prior
to the disaster, such as dogs being kept outdoors
most of the time or owners not having carriers for
their cats. More than 90% of owners made housing
arrangements for their pets without assistance.
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Predictors of
pet evacuation failure are usually present before a disaster
strikes and are potentially modifiable. Mitigation
of pet evacuation failure should focus on activities that
reinforce responsible pet ownership and strengthen
the human-animal bond, including socializing dogs,
attending dog behavior training classes, transporting
cats in nondisaster times, and seeking regular preventive
veterinary care. Most pet owners are self-reliant in
disasters, and this behavior should be encouraged.
(J Am Vet Med Assoc 2001;218:1905–1910)