Avoiding Dog Fights in the Shelter

October 2015 by Ehren Melius

Audience: Executive Leadership, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team

Video Length: 42 minutes

Does your organization have a dog who needs to be the "king of the castle"? Most of us do! Dog-to-dog aggression can be challenging, but there are myriad ways to keep your canines happy and safe. This lecture addresses simple and effective ways to prevent dog fights and what to do if one occurs in your facility. This is a presentation from the 2015 ASPCA-Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Conference at Cornell University.

About Ehren Melius

Ehren Melius is responsible for overseeing all aspects of emergency sheltering for the Field Investigations and Response Team during large-scale cruelty seizures, natural disasters and other sheltering operations. Ehren is responsible for the set-up and design of the emergency shelter. Once animals are brought into the shelter, Ehren oversees their direct care, working closely with the Medical Director and Behavior Leads to provide a safe and healthy environment for the animals. Before assuming his current role, Ehren worked at the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA for nearly 12 years. He held a variety of roles within the organization, including medical manager, animal cruelty investigator and shelter manager. For the last two years, Ehren has been a responder for the FIR Team. He resides in upstate New York and shares his home with his Pit Bull, Ren, Australian Shepherd mix, Roo, and his two cats, Jimmy and Slinky.


 

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