Gender and Leadership In Animal Sheltering Organizations

Informed Consent

The Informed Consent Form (ICF) is as a form of voluntarily agreement. With this ICF human participants can read, understand, and agree to voluntarily participate in the research study.
This study of Animal Sheltering Organizations is to understand the role that both current and former shelter directors, employees, volunteers and adopters play in meeting the mission of the organization. We are looking for who are leaders, workers, and volunteers in animal sheltering organizations including both public and private non-profit organizations. The study consists of a demographic questionnaire and a survey which will take about 30 minutes. Potential benefits are indirect in that the results will contribute to advancing knowledge in the field of animal sheltering organizations.

Participation is entirely voluntary, anonymous, and you can withdraw at any time without penalty. There is no compensation provided for participation in this study. The information obtained during this research will be kept confidential to the extent permitted by law. No identifying data is obtained in the questionnaire. If you agree to a follow-up interview, only the interviewer and principal investigator will know your identity. Once the data is coded, your identity will be kept confidential and reported in a way to ensure confidentiality. Your participation will remain confidential in any publication of the results of this study. The data will be maintained for up to 7 years. Any new information that develops during this study, which might affect your decision to participate, will be given to you immediately.

This Consent Form contains a click through button that will forward you to a secure web-based survey program ( which encrypts all data transmission. Although the risk is small, no guarantee can be made regarding the interception of data sent via the internet by any third parties. You will be able to print out a signed copy of this consent form.

If you have any questions, at any time, about this research, or want to discuss any possible study-related injuries, please contact Jennifer Blevins Sinski, at telephone number 502-852-8046 or email her at .

This research has been reviewed and approved by the University of Louisville Institutional Review Board (the committee that oversees all research in human subjects at University of Louisville), and may also be reviewed by individuals who are authorized to monitor or audit the research, or the IRB if required by applicable laws or regulations. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please contact 502.852.5188.
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