Spaying And Neutering Essay Scholarships

McGonagle, Scott (2015) Effectiveness of trap-spay/neuter-return programs on free-roaming cats as a form of rabies prevention. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Introduction Cats are the second most tested animal for rabies each year in Massachusetts. In order to reduce the cost of rabies prevention, trap-spay/neuter-return (TNR) programs for feral cats can be used to reduce the population of cats, thus reducing potential rabies exposure. This is significant to public health because reducing the free-roaming cat population may not only reduce exposure to rabies, but reduce rabies prevention costs, freeing resources which can be used on other interventions. Methods The effectiveness of TNR programs in Massachusetts was assessed using analysis of variance and analysis of covariance tests which compared the number of animals submitted for rabies testing per year by county. Spearman’s rank order correlation test was used to determine whether or not differences in the number of animals submitted for rabies testing were associated with the number of free-roaming cat population reduction interventions present in each county. The costs of TNR programs were assessed and compared to normal rabies prevention costs. Results There were statistically significant differences (p


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
McGonagle, Scott
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairVan Panhuis, Willem G.wav10@pitt.eduWAV10UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberKammerer, Candace Mcmk3@pitt.eduCMK3UNSPECIFIED
Date:15 May 2015
Date Type:Submission
Access Restriction:No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher:University of Pittsburgh
Institution:University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs:Graduate School of Public Health > Epidemiology
Thesis Type:Master Essay
Date Deposited:30 Oct 2015 22:05
Last Modified:02 Mar 2018 15:04


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PetSmart Charities

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Aug 31, 2018

Applicant type:Indigenous GroupGovernment EntityCollege / UniversityNonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Canada, United States

Location of residency: Canada, United States

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Spay and Neuter Grants for Owned Pets

These grants provide funding for free or subsidized spay/neuter surgeries and basic preventative care as well as marketing and outreach.

Free-Roaming Cat Spay/Neuter Grants

These grants provide funding for Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) projects designed to alter a substantial percentage of free-roaming cats in a specific target area

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