Welcome to FIREPAW




The Foundation for Interdisciplinary

Research and Education

Promoting Animal Welfare



What is FIREPAW?

The Foundation for Interdisciplinary

Research and Education

Promoting Animal Welfare

is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific research


public education


animal welfare issues.

Our Mission


The FIREPAW Archives

What is in the archives?

-Numerous articles from our previous research studies on animal welfare-related topics published in peer-reviewed scientific journals

-Previous analyses and results for the Maddie’s Fund programs

-Several abstracts and articles from previous scientific and professional conferences and seminars

View them here


Additional studies and papers

of interest

Study on the Economics of Animal Welfare

The study, "Is there an animal welfare Kuznets Curve?", is published in the Journal of Ecological Economics (Volume 66, pages 478-491).  To read this article click here.

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Arguments Against AETA

FIREPAW's article examining the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) (based on a conference presentation on the same subject), is published in the Peace Studies Journal, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary academic journal.  Click here to read.

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Animal Guardians in the Bahamas

FIREPAW researchers assisted colleagues in the Bahamas in providing supporting statistics for their replication study of the FIREPAW research study on Companion Animals Guardians vs. Owners.  The study compared attitudes and behaviors of Bahamians versus the U.S. on issues surrounding treatment norms of companion animals. Both the original FIREPAW study and the replication study appear in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Anthrozoos.

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The Breed Discrimination Study

“Discrimination based on breed of domesticated dogs among insurance companies: Economic vs. interdisciplinary explanations”, Journal of Social and Ecological Boundaries, (2.2), 56-84.

To read this article click here.


Click here for Breed Discrimination Study Press Release

Click here for Breed Discrimination Study Executive Summary

Click here for Breed Discrimination Study Full Report

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Animals as Food

“Meat as a bad habit: A case for positive feedback in consumption preferences leading to lock-in.” Review of Social Economy, 65 (3): 319-348.

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Companion Animal Overpopulation

The FIREPAW research article, "Analysis of programs to reduce overpopulation of companion animals: Do no-kill adoption and low-cost spay/neuter programs merely cause substitution of sources?", is published by the peer-reviewed, scientific journal Ecological Economics. The article is based on long-term FIREPAW research on the most effective methods for reducing animal overpopulation.  To read this article click here.





PETS WELCOME!  HOW LANDLORDS CAN MAKE MORE MONEY BY GOING PET-FRIENDLY...the quintessential “how to” manual for rental property owners who are considering renting to people with pets, or who are currently pet-friendly and want to increase their bottom line, for tenants with companion animals, for faculty members, attorneys and other professionals who focus on animal-related issues, and animal welfare organizations who work with landlords and tenants about pet-related issues.

Many landlords unknowingly throw away money each year while prohibiting a profitable segment of tenants. Additionally, their actions are helping to contribute to the unnecessary deaths of many family pets. In fact, research results indicate that the myths and misperceptions held by rental property owners that results in a severe lack of available pet-friendly housing is one of the primary reasons millions of family pets are turned over to shelters and euthanized each year. The result has led to a divisive, sometimes hostile relationship between landlords and tenants with pets.

Pets Welcome! How Landlords Can Make More Money by Going Pet-Friendly is aimed at calling a truce between landlords and tenants with pets by providing rental property owners with the information and tools needed to increase the overall numbers of “pet-friendly” rental options in a way that is profitable for them and beneficial for all involved.

This book is based in part on the findings of the authors’ groundbreaking national Companion Animal Renters Study. Among other things, the study examined rentals with regard to pet-friendly/pets prohibited status, a variety of financial and economic factors, rental, deposit, turnover and damage histories, rental tendencies and trends, and landlords' personal beliefs and attitudes about allowing companion animal renters.

The result? In short, the Companion Animal Renters Study dispelled the myths about pets and housing. The study has been widely published and the response to the findings has been so strong among tenants with animals and professionals within the animal welfare arena that it resulted in the development of the Companion Animal Renters Program, a free consulting service designed to assist landlords considering going pet-friendly. The Companion Animal Renters Study and subsequent training program for landlords and rental property managers were the driving force behind this book.

Who should read Pets Welcome! How Landlords Can Make More Money by Going Pet-Friendly?

Rental property owners, professionals considering going into the business of rental property, rental property managers, heads of large corporate apartment complexes, condominium associations, landlord associations, attorneys focusing on landlord’s rights as well as animal-related issues, municipal leaders considering pet-friendly legislation changes, animal trainers, and anyone working within the animal welfare arena, as well as university instructors focusing in the areas of pet law and tenant and landlord rights. In short, this book is for everyone who has a vested interest in ending the Pet Wars between landlords and tenants—no matter if the center of their interest has two legs or four—but especially for rental property owners who want to increase their bottom-line profits.




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The FIREPAW book on

Animal Abuse

The book, “Silent Victims: Recognizing and Stopping Abuse of the Family Pet”, co-written by a FIREPAW researcher/cofounder, continues to make its way into the hands of professionals who can make a difference.  Education-based non-profits and libraries across the country have added the book to their collections. To order your copy click here.


Other In-Print Items

Book Chapters

FIREPAW conference presentations, 'The Social Construction of Economic Value' and 'Animal Ethics and World Trade' have been accepted as book chapters. The first presentation is a continuation of prior work on firm decision-making processes regarding animal welfare topics, including previous FIREPAW work on breed discrimination, animals in rental housing, meat production, and laboratory animal use. The second topic involves the impact of international trade rules on animal welfare. Both conferences had compilations made of selected articles; FIREPAW's articles were included in both cases.

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Animal-Related Fiction

Angel of Death

In the Virginia Adversaria

Click here for online version of story

or contact:

Virginia Adversaria

P.O. Box 2349

Poquoson, VA 23662

The Salesman
In Mobius, The Journal of Social Change
Click here for online version of story
or contact:
Mobius Magazine

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Encyclopedia ChapterFIREPAW Pets and Housing

International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home

FIREPAW’s Cofounder and President has written a Pets & Housing chapter in the International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home. The chapter is based on FIREPAW’s Companion Animal Renters Study [CARS] and Companion Animal Renters Program [CARP].  It is available for download on the Internet.


Public Education

Ongoing Workshops and Seminars

FIREPAW principals, founders and researchers have designed and conducted numerous public seminars and workshops on the topics of 'Stopping Animal Abuse', 'Changing Our Perceptions of Captive Animals', 'Animals as Economic Goods', ‘The Financial Benefits of Pet-Friendly Rental Housing’, and 'Stopping Companion Animal Overpopulation', as well as giving interviews on these topics to numerous print, web, and television media outlets.

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Companion Animal Victims Educational Seminars (CAVES)

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Companion Animal Renters Program (CARP)

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Documentary Short on the Problems and Solutions of Pets and Rental Housing


A FIREPAW Documentary Short about the problems--and solutions--of renting with pets. Created for landlords, rental property owners and tenants with pets, the video explores the findings from FIREPAW's national scientific research study on companion animal renters published in the peer-reviewed international journal Anthrozoos and book written for landlords, rental property managers, and professionals working in the animal-welfare arena.                                        [ROUGH CUT/unedited version]


Program Evaluation and Analysis

The primary FIREPAW focus is conducting program evaluations, data analyses and strategic planning of ongoing programs for no-kill shelters and animal welfare organizations across the U.S.  Contact us for more information.


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