Greetings Fellow Animal Advocates-
I’m writing to ask if we may enlist your help in a study we are conducting on dogs rescued from hoarding situations. Best Friends Animal Society and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine are collaborating on a study to better understand the psychological health of canine hoarding victims, much like we did with dogs recovered from puppy mills (http://www.journals.elsevierhealth.com/periodicals/applan/article/S0168-1591(11)00300-5/abstract ). If you would be willing to help, we would be very grateful if you could distribute the notice below to people who have adopted or are fostering rescued hoarded dogs through the work of your organization, and/or post the notice on your website or in your newsletter. As you can see from the solicitation notice itself, all that is involved for the people participating in the study is filling out an online questionnaire about their dog, and the strictest confidence is assured.
We greatly appreciate any help you are able to provide. And, of course, if you have any questions I would be happy to answer them for you.
Franklin D. McMillan, DVM, DACVIM
Director of Well-Being Studies
BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY
5001 Angel Canyon Road
Kanab, UT 84741