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Establishing and Sustaining No-Kill Communities: Best Practices of Animal Services Directors
by Barney, Kristin R., Ed.D., Pepperdine University, 2020, 182; 28026429
Abstract (Summary)

The relationship between humans and non-human animals in the United States has evolved from the capturing and impounding of stray livestock found in colonial times to the billion-dollar industry supporting companion animals that exists today (Irvine, 2002; Zawistowski & Morris, 2013). As people’s perceptions and attitudes about the treatment of non-human animals have evolved over time, so have the expectations of the organizations that are in place to care for them. A current movement exists to end the killing of healthy and treatable pets within the United States. Known as the no-kill movement, shelter directors and community stakeholders around the country are working to ensure that their communities are supporting the lifesaving of their shelter pets. Using a qualitative methodology, this study aims to uncover the best practices of animal shelter directors that have successfully achieved no-kill in their communities. Based on the findings, an animal services leadership competency model is introduced.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Majidi, Farzin
Commitee: Miramontes, Gabriella, Brahme, Maria
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Organizational behavior, Management, Animal sciences
Keywords: Animal services, Animal welfare, Competencies, Leadership, Management, Organizational leadership
Publication Number: 28026429
ISBN: 9798662470576
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