Special-Needs Companion Animals and Those Who Care for Them
Society and Animals
Through a series of in-depth interviews asking individuals about their decisions to adopt special-needs companion animals, we discovered that a combination of anthropomorphism and empathy are at play when individuals decide to adopt them. This tendency is explained using David Blouin's typology of guardians: humanistic and protectionistic guardians anthropomorphized their companion animals, exhibited greater empathy, and were more willing to adopt animals with special needs.
Adoption, Anthropomorphism, Companion animals, Special needs, Symbolic interactionism
Katz, Nathan and Burchfield, Keri B., "Special-Needs Companion Animals and Those Who Care for Them" (2020). NIU Bibliography. 665.
Department of Sociology