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Virtual animal shelters ?How the Internet is transforming the experience of pet adoptions

t by suggesting that the pet would be better suited to homes without small children or cats. She says the informative, personal messages differ from the brief descriptions on cages in traditional animal shelters, but adds that independent rescuers may be taking care of one or two pets at a time while a shelter may be struggling to adopt out hundreds of animals each week.

Additional benefits of Internet adoptions come from their reach beyond the county dog shelter ?anyone in the country can click on a site and select a region where they want to find their new addition to the family.

And, the Internet dog search shuts out the noise and the smells associated with a county shelter. However, Garcia adds that the drawbacks are that pet postings are not interactive, and chemistry between the dog and its new owner is a vital part of the selection process.

Garcia's paper is part of a larger, ongoing project she is researching on comparisons between virtual and traditional animal shelters.


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Source:University of Cincinnati


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