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Effectiveness of trap-spay/neuter-return programs on free-roaming cats as a form of rabies prevention

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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Abstract

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)
Status: Unpublished
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McGonagle, Scott
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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
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2015 22:05
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2018 14:01
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/25227

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