Background to the survey

Have you encountered former Romanian street dogs in a professional capacity? If so, we would be extremely grateful if you could spend a few minutes completing our online questionnaire. We are a research group from the University of Exeter, UK, and we have been conducting research on the management of street dogs in Romania. As international adoption is a common outcome for former street dogs, we are interested in finding out more about this process. We would like to know about the contexts in which you have encountered former Romanian street dogs, and the outcomes of those encounters. We are hoping to collect as many stories and diverse experiences as possible. We would like to hear about health and behavioural issues, relinquishment and rehoming. The questions are open-ended to enable you to share your stories in as much detail as possible. The information you provide will be treated in confidence and at no point will you be identified or your data shared with other parties. We will use the information you share with us to improve knowledge and understanding of any specific issues which might arise in relation to the international adoption of former street dogs, to improve the welfare of the dogs and to assist those involved in caring for former street dogs from initial rescue and then throughout their lives. Please feel free to share the link for this questionnaire to others you know who have encountered former Romanian street dogs in a professional capacity. We have a separate survey for adopters which can be accessed on the project website (details provided at the end of the survey). 

There are 10 questions in total. Thank-you!

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* 1. Please can you tell us a bit about yourself and your professional experience with dogs? For example, your age, gender, nationality, occupation, length of time in post etc.

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* 2. Please can you describe when, why and how frequently you encounter/have encountered former Romanian street dogs in a professional capacity?

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* 3. Please can you summarise in as much detail as possible, the health issues which former Romanian street dogs present/have presented in your specific professional context?

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* 4. Please can you summarise in as much detail as possible, the behavioural traits (good and bad) which former Romanian street dogs present/have presented in your specific professional context? 

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* 5. Please can you provide any information (or opinion) on the comparative popularity of former Romanian street dogs with UK adopters versus other breeds/types? If you have any observations or information on adoption/relinquishment rates of this category of dog (based on your professional experience) we would be grateful if you could also provide that here.

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* 6. Please can you explain in as much detail as possible why you think the UK has become a common destination for rescued former Romanian street dogs?

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* 7. Do you have any other observations or thoughts about the import of former Romanian street dogs into the UK?

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* 8. Do you have any thoughts on the potential impact of Brexit on the import of former Romanian street dogs into the UK?

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* 9. Please use this space to provide any other information which you think might aid our understanding of the lives of former Romanian street dogs, their adopters and dog care/welfare professionals.

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* 10. Finally, we are hoping to conduct some interviews (either in person or via phone or Skype) with a selection of dog care/welfare professionals. If you would be willing to participate in a short interview, please provide your preferred contact details here. You can also request to be kept informed about the project findings by providing your contact details. Unless you explicitly state you wish to participate in a follow-up interview, we will only contact you regarding the project findings. 

Thank-you so much for taking the time to help us with our research!

If you require further information, please visit the project website: http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/ease/research/tailsfromthestreets/

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