Informed Consent

You are invited to participate in a survey study about furries and the furry fandom. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. This survey is part of ongoing exploratory research by the International Anthropomorphic Research Project (IARP) looking at the psychology of furries and the furry fandom. We will be collecting information about numerous topics with the hope of gaining a better understanding of the furry fandom and with the goal of testing the replicability of findings observed by other researchers who have studied furries. Specifically, we are exploring the nature of being a fan of furry content, motivation to be a furry, the nature of furries’ interaction with fandom-related material, sexuality (including adult content), demographics (i.e., age, sexual orientation, education, etc.), fursonas, and relationships. This survey is estimated to take approximately 30 minutes. You are free to skip any question for any reason.

The survey is anonymous in that it will not ask for your name or other identifying information (e.g., contact information). Collected data will be stored on a password-protected computer for a minimum of seven years. These data, which do not contain any identifying information, will be exchanged between researchers and research assistants. The shared data will be anonymous, and will have no identifying information. We may use anonymous quotations in publications, presentations, and lectures. In keeping with university and funding policies that are continuously evolving, anonymous datasets may be posted to a data repository, made available to the public, and/or made available to a researcher/student at another institution/journal referee who requests the data. This survey uses Survey Monkey (TM), which is an American Company. When information is transmitted over the Internet, privacy cannot be guaranteed. There is always a risk your responses may be intercepted by a third party (e.g., government agencies, hackers). University of Waterloo researchers will not collect or use Internet protocol (IP) addresses or other information which could link your participation to your computer or electronic device without first informing you.

To thank you for you participation in any of our studies, you will have a chance to win an Amazon gift card. To be entered in the draw for one (of up to ten) $25 gift cards, please leave your email with us at The chances of winning will depend on the number of responses, but we aim to give away 1 gift card for every 300 responses to our studies. You may write this link down now, but it will also be provided to you at the end of the survey. In order to be eligible for the gift card draw, you will need to submit a valid email address which will NOT be associated with your responses (the link is for a separate survey). We are informing you that for tax purposes, if you are a gift card winner, the amount received is taxable. It is your responsibility to report this amount for income tax purposes.

There are no known risks for participating in this study. It is possible that some questions (e.g., sexual orientation, gender identity, wellbeing) could make you feel some discomfort. Also, in this study, we ask questions about the use of pornography, scenarios that may induce arousal, voyeurism, and abuse in sexual relationships. Please remember that you are free to skip any and all questions in this study and still submit your email for the draw.
There are no direct benefits to you for participating in this research. However, your participation will have the benefit of contributing to our understanding of the furry fandom and related anthropomorphic topics, knowledge which will hopefully benefit both the furry community and the field of psychology. Findings from this research will be made available at the International Anthropomorphic Research Project Website at:
This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee (ORE# 40964). If you have questions for the Committee contact the Office of Research Ethics, at 1-519-888-4567 ext. 36005 or

Thank you for your interest in our research and for your assistance with this project.

As you progress through the survey, some data may auto save. If you begin the survey and change your mind about participating (i.e., do not want your data to be included in our analyses) you can indicate these wishes at the end of the survey in a comment box we have provided for those who change their minds (i.e., write “I no longer wish to participate” or “delete my data”) and we will manually delete your data. However, once you have left the survey, your answers cannot be identified for deletion. Therefore, the information that was collected prior to you leaving the study will still be used if you do not state that you want your data to be deleted at the end of the survey. No new information will be collected without your permission. We will keep our study records for a minimum of seven years. All records will be destroyed according to University of Waterloo policy.

If you have any questions about the study, please contact Dr. Sharon E. Roberts or Dr. Courtney Plante (Collaborators for this project are Dr. Kathy Gerbasi, Dr. Stephen Reysen, and Mr. Kevin Hsu). If you are interested in the study results, feel free to contact us in six months.

If you are willing to participate in the survey please do so by answering the questions to follow below. By completing this survey you are acknowledging informed consent, including the use of your words as anonymous quotations. The survey is being administered online so written consent is not feasible, and it is an anonymous survey not requiring the collection of name for consent purposes. By providing your consent, you are not waiving your legal rights or releasing the investigator(s) or involved institution(s) from their legal and professional responsibilities.

Thank you in advance for your assistance! Please print a copy of this letter for your records.
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