Welfare assessment of a dog shelter using the Shelter Quality Protocol


  • Anamaria Luciana Blaga Petrean University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj Napoca, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, dep. of Animal Welfare, Calea Manastur 3-5, Cluj Napoca, Romania
  • Silvana Popescu University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj Napoca, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, dep. of Animal Welfare, Calea Manastur 3-5, Cluj Napoca, Romania
  • Andrei-Sebastian Csiplo University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj Napoca, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, dep. of Animal Welfare, Calea Manastur 3-5, Cluj Napoca, Romania




dog; shelter; protocol; score


The purpose of this study was to practically apply this protocol in a private shelter in Cluj county, Romania. The welfare of the sheltered dogs was carried out on three levels: the management of the shelter, measures at pen level and the individual evaluation of the dogs. The main problems identified in the studied shelter were: the lack of indoor enclosures to protect the dogs in cold or hot periods; permanently deficient bedding; the diet rich in carbohydrates and low in fats and proteins; showing fear towards the evaluator; lack of a socialization program; the absence of a coherent adoption strategy; unqualified staff in animal behavior and welfare. Applying the shelter quality protocol is useful because it identifies the shelter's critical control points regarding the welfare of the housed dogs. Their prompt remediation will lead to an adequate animal welfare.


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How to Cite

“Welfare assessment of a dog shelter using the Shelter Quality Protocol” (2023) Cluj Veterinary Journal, 28(3), pp. 2–8. doi:10.52331/cvj.v28i3.54.

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