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Atlanta animal welfare trivia contest question for November 24

Win a copy of Irreconcilable Differences:  the Battle for the Heart and Soul of America's Animal Shelters
Win a copy of Irreconcilable Differences: the Battle for the Heart and Soul of America's Animal Shelters
Nathan Winograd

A lot of exciting things are happening in the world of animal welfare and No Kill shelter reform, and an informed advocate is an effective advocate, so in the interests of reviewing what the No Kill movement is all about, and in thanking my readers, I bring you a little friendly competition. For the entire month of November, I have teamed up with Nathan Winograd of the No Kill Advocacy Center and with Animal Advocacy, an organization formed to support no Kill initiatives throughout the state of Georgia to present a daily trivia contest.

The formation of Animal Advocacy was inspired by the ‘Building No Kill Communities’seminar Winograd gave in April. Those interested in joining Animal Advocacy are encouraged to register on the website. Animal Advocacy seeks to “improve Georgia’s public policy regarding the welfare of its animals, and to influence how Georgia’s state and local agencies implement those policies. We provide support for no-kill movements throughout Georgia, and seek a future in which all healthy adoptable animals are placed in forever homes with loving families.” The website is a work in progress, but will feature a blog which members will be able to post to in order to inform others about their local No Kill initiatives, campaigns and success stories.

Every day, throughout the month of November, I will post in this column, a trivia question on some aspect of animal welfare and the No Kill movement. Questions will vary in difficulty and will be drawn from articles I’ve written. At the bottom of each article will be a hotlinked list of five articles. That will be your hint. The answer to that day’s question can be found in one or more of those articles. (To answer the more difficult questions, you may need to look at a link within one of the ‘hint’ articles.) The prize each day will be a copy of Nathan Winograd’s second book—Irreconcilable Differences: the Battle for the Heart and Soul of America’s Animal Shelters.

Today’s question is:

What is the difference between a ‘resident dog’ and a ‘family dog’? Why is this distinction important?

To play, you should post your answer in the ‘Comments’ immediately below the article. To do that, you’ll need to register with a unique name—‘Anonymous’ won’t do, and you wouldn’t want me assigning you a unique name for not following directions. Only one answer per person per day, please. Please do not post your email address or any other personal information along with your answer. In the event that more than one person posts a correct answer to the same question, I have obtained a never-been-used litter box. I will write the unique names of each correct contest participant on a slip of paper, toss them in the litter box, and one of my ‘foster fails’ will select the winner. Critters can’t read, so this will ensure objectivity.

To ensure that as many people as possible have the chance to gain the power contained in the knowledge contained in this most excellent book, each participant can win only one book. However, the participant who posts the largest number of correct answers over the course of the month will win a ticket to the No kill webinar of their choice. These webinars enable you to learn from the top experts on all aspects of No Kill sheltering and the No Kill movement from the comfort of your own home. Animal Ark and the No Kill Advocacy Center, the webinar sponsors, encourage people to hook their computers up to a projector so that multiple people can view it together, so you can win an educational opportunity for your entire organization if you know your stuff.

I’ll post the unique name of the winner, along with his or her winning answer the next day, along with the next day’s question. Winners should email me at the address in my bio to let me know where to send the book.

Note that, in order to be eligible for the daily prize, you must post your answer before I announce the correct answer and winner. I will do so sometime after midnight Eastern time when I post the next day’s trivia question. In order for a correct answer to count in your tally towards winning the free webinar, it too must be posted before I announce the correct answer.

Yesterday’s answer was: The No Kill Equation relies on influencing thiree of the four factors that determine population size to control the shelter pet population:

1. Birth rate

2. Immigration, and

3. Emigration

Whereas the traditional “sheltering" model relies heavily on the fourth factor--death rate, for population control.

Each of the eleven points of the NKE addresses one or more of the three factors, for example, proactive redemptions (proactively returning lost pets to their owners) reduces the rate at which animals immigrate into the shelter pet population (or greatly reduces the time they spend in it), freeing up space and resources for other animals who truly are homeless. In Reno, Nevada, the redemption rate is 65% for dogs, more than three times the national average.

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  • serenitygracedesigns 4 years ago

    Resident dogs are dogs that live outside of the home (chained to fences, in kennels, etc.) and are not incorporated in to a family setting with socialization, manners, etc. The are used for breeding, fighting and making money and are not family pets.

    Family dogs are just that...part of the family. They live, eat and sleep within the same household.

  • Sabine 4 years ago

    Residence Dog lives on property, not in House, no interaction with family. Family dog is part of the family.

  • LodgeKitty 4 years ago

    Dogs maintained outside the home (on chains, in kennels, or in yards) and/or dogs obtained for negative functions (guarding, fighting, protection, breeding for financial gain) are not family pets; they are "resident dogs".

    "Family Dogs" live inside the home and are afforded the opportunity to learn appropriate behaviors through positive and humane interaction with people on a daily basis.

    Why is this distinction important?

    Acknowledging the environment in which they live and the function for which they are maintained and with an understanding their behavior, when the situation arises, their aggressiveness.

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    Valerie Hayes 4 years ago

    The correct answer was: A ‘resident dog’ is generally acquired for a negative purpose, such as guarding, intimidation or dog fighting. Resident dogs are generally kept under poor conditions and their physical and mental needs are often neglected, such as when they are constantly chained in a backyard in all kinds of weather, unsocialized and not well-fed. By contrast, a ‘family dog’ lives in the house with his or her family, is cared-for and interacts with people in a positive way on a daily basis. They are not kept for any of the negative purposes mentioned, but rather for the positive purpose of companionship. Some ‘family dogs’ may also do positive types of work, such as by being therapy dogs, assistance dogs or search-and-rescue dogs.

    The difference between a ‘resident dog’ and a ‘family dog’ is an important one because it recognizes that you simply cannot expect the same types of behaviors from dogs living under these two contrasting conditions. How a dog is treated influences their behavior. The media often is sloppy and describes as ‘family dogs’ dogs which really are ‘resident dogs’, and this fosters the myth that dogs are “unpredictable” or that they bite for no reason. With varying degrees of rehabilitation, many resident dogs can become family dogs.

    The Winner for November 24 is:


    Please email me to let me know how to get your book to you.

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