Honors Theses and Capstones

Date of Award

Fall 2023

Project Type

Senior Honors Thesis

College or School



Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems

Program or Major

Animal Science

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

First Advisor

Sarah Proctor


Many factors can influence length-of-availability for dogs in shelters, ranging from factors of the dogs themselves to outside factors. The external factors could be the geographical location of the shelter and its clientele, the socioeconomic status of the area, how the individual shelter uses its resources, the region's policies, and more (Scarlett, 2021, p. 18). This study evaluated length-of-availability in dogs at the Pope Memorial Humane Society, a nonprofit animal shelter that serves Strafford County, New Hampshire. This allowed for dog-specific factors to be investigated more closely. The specific factors investigated were dog weight, age, and sex compared to their length-of-availability. There were no significant findings in the correlation between the investigated physical characteristics of the dogs and their length-of-availability at Pope Memorial Humane Society in the year 2022. This allows Pope Memorial Humane Society to reasonably take in dogs of any size, age, and sex and expect similar length-of-availabilities.