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Through a cat’s nose: How understanding smell can keep cats in homes and reduce stress in shelters

January 10, 2017

Most of us know dogs put a lot of store in how things smell, their noses are legendary for their sniffing ability. It’s not as widely known that the smells in a cat’s environment are a critical part of what makes a cat feel safe and free of stress, whether the cat is living in… Learn More

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Study: How much space do shelter cats need to be happier, more playful, and less stressed?

November 15, 2016

Shelter cats are happier, more playful, friendlier with each other, and less stressed when they have more room — 4 square meters, or 43 square feet, per cat, to be precise. In a study published in the June 2016 issue of Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Swedish researchers tested the play, mutual grooming, and inter-cat aggressiveness… Learn More

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How to tell if a shelter cat is stressed, fearful or feral

December 1, 2015

The best way to help any cat entering an animal shelter will depend on the cat. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for many shelter workers to tell the difference between a cat who is a social animal, used to humans, but severely stressed out or afraid, and a truly feral cat. Sara L. Bennett, DVM,… Learn More

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Capacity for Care: When Less Adds Up to a Whole Lot More for Shelter Cats

Ollie Davidson and Kathleen OlsonApril 2015

How can your shelter save more cats? Take in fewer of them at a time, give each cat more room and care for them better. Learn More

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Saving Lives Through Integrated Medical and Behavioral Progams, Part 1

Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhD and Aimee SadlerMay 2014

The medical department's protocols to prevent transmissible disease and injuries may come into direct conflict with the behavior department's protocols to socialize, exercise and train dogs. How do you choose the best approaches to balance medical and behavioral needs? See case studies for merging critical medical and behavioral programs in shelters to increase their life-saving capacity. Learn More

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Saving Lives Through Integrated Medical and Behavioral Programs, Part 2

Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhD and Aimee SadlerMay 2014

The medical department's protocols to prevent transmissible disease and injuries may come into direct conflict with the behavior department's protocols to socialize, exercise and train dogs. How do you choose the best approaches to balance medical and behavioral needs? See case studies for merging critical medical and behavioral programs in shelters to increase their life-saving capacity. Learn More

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How to Reduce Stress in Long-Stay Shelter Cats

Kathy Mills, DVMDecember 2014

Learn more about enrichment and stress reduction for shelter cats, and share training information with your volunteers or staff. Check out the webcasts, videos and articles. Learn More

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The Best Medicine: Playing With Shelter Dogs

Brenda Griffin, DVM, MS, DACVIMOctober 2014

Dogs and games go together - never more than when they're shelter dogs! Play, particularly play with humans, can reduce stress and improve behavioral and physical wellness for dogs in animal shelters.  Learn More

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Fixing the Feline Housing Crisis: How Shelter Housing Can Make Cats Sick - And What You Can Do About It

Sandra Newbury, DVMOctober 2012

Cats are extremely sensitive to noise, crowding, and stress - three things that are in abundant supply in many animal shelters. These adverse conditions often lead to illness in sheltered cats, particularly the most common of all feline shelter diseases, upper respiratory infection (URI). Learn More

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Enrichment and Training for Dogs and Cats

Kelley Bollen, MS, CABCJuly 2012

Ms. Bollen talks about the benefits of enrichment and training for both dogs and cats, as well as the value of these programs in enhancing opportunities for adoption. Learn More

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Stress Reduction for Shelter Cats

Kelley Bollen, MS, CABCJuly 2012

Various strategies for reducing the stress experienced by cats in a shelter environment. Learn More

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Stress Reduction for Shelter Dogs

Kelley Bollen, MS, CABCJuly 2012

Various strategies for reducing the stress experienced by dogs in a shelter environment. Learn More

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The Association of Shelter Veterinarians Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters

December 2010

The Association of Shelter Veterinarians produced this comprehensive document to address the lack of guidelines for standards of care currently in existence for animals in shelters. The Guidelines are divided into twelve sections: Management and Record Keeping; Facility Design and Environment; Population Management; Sanitation; Medical Health and Physical Well-being; Behavioral Health and Mental Well-being; Group Housing; Animal Handling; Euthanasia; Spaying and Neutering; Animal Transport; and Public Health. Learn More

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Life Enrichment for Shelter Animals

Mike FryMay 2010

Enrichment for shelter animals reduces stress (and disease), increases adoptions and radically improves the well-being and quality of life for canine and feline residents. Learn More

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Shelter Enrichment - The Cat's Meow

Mike FryFebruary 2010

Shelter enrichment saves pet lives by eliminating stress-related disease, enhances the environment for workers and the public, and doesn’t have to cost a lot! Learn More

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Open Paw: Saving Pets, Benefiting Shelters, Educating the Community

2006

The brainchild of Certified Pet Dog Trainer Kelly Gorman, and world renowned animal behaviorist, Dr. Ian Dunbar, Open Paw teaches dogs their ABC's and helps speed them into new homes. Learn More

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Behavior Problems And Long-Term Housing of Shelter Dogs

Jean Donaldson2000

Jean Donaldson, renowned author, trainer and animal behavior expert, talks about how to deal with barrier-related barking and aggression, housetraining regression, separation anxiety and other behaviors common in shelter dogs. Learn More