Studies of importing rescue dogs from overseas

In this webinar Carri presents her research studies of the importation of overseas rescue dogs. Despite this being both a very popular and contentious practice, there was virtually no research in this area until recently. Findings are presented of both positive and negative welfare implications for both the dogs and the owners. Finally, challenges and implications for practice and policy in this area are discussed.

Listen, Learn, and Discuss

On your own time!

  • Learn about two recent studies of overseas dog adoption practices, adopter experiences, and implications for international and local rescue organizations, and for individual rescuers and dog owners.

  • Listen at Your Leisure! Enjoy the flexibility of this on-demand pre-recorded webinar that also provides opportunities for questions and discussions with the instructor and other participants!!

  • Essential evidence-based information for shelter/rescue organizations and staff, veterinary professionals, rescue volunteers, trainers, and dog owners.

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Carri Westgarth

Dr Carri Westgarth is a Senior Lecturer in Human-Animal Interaction at the University of Liverpool with a passion for understanding the relationships we have with our pets. With a background in animal behavior and dog training, Dr. Westgarth has trained in veterinary epidemiology and human public health. Her research interests focus on the implications of dog ownership for human health and well-being, but also how owner management of their dogs can impact dog welfare. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods are used to tackle her current research topics on dog walking, bites, ageing, obesity and rescue imports. She is also a Full Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors and founder of the Merseyside Dog Safety Partnership. In her spare time Carri teaches dog training classes, and previously was a professional Assistance Dog Instructor for the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Her practical experience in many areas relating to dogs, combined with a multi-disciplinary academic perspective, gives unique strength and relevance to her expertise.

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