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Cats and Capacity for Care, Part 1

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVMMay 2014

What if there was a magic wand we could wave over animal shelters to increase cat adoptions while cutting daily care costs, reducing stress for staff, creating a more welcoming environment for volunteers and visitors, and dramatically improving the health and welfare of shelter cats? It’s not quite as easy as a magic wand, but Capacity for Care (C4C) can have these benefits and more.

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Cats and Capacity for Care, Part 2

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVMMay 2014

In part 2 of Cats and Capacity for Care (C4C), the good news is that it can apply to any shelter, small or large, rich or poor, open or limited intake. Attaining Capacity for Care in the shelter frees resources to invest in building C4C in the community as well.

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B. gibsoni: What Does it Mean for Your Shelter?

Sarah Kirk, DVMMay 2014

Babesia gibsoni is an intracellular parasite of red blood cells. Watch a case study in the diagnosis and management of B. gibsoni in pit bulls rescued from large-scale fighting rings.

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The Evolution of Adoption Programs: Taking Breed Out of the Equation, Part 1

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Caitlin QuinnMay 2014

Shelter medicine teams have the opportunity to take the lead in utilizing innovative adoption policies to save more lives. Cutting-edge research reveals that we should focus our efforts on breed-neutral best practices with proven effectiveness to make policy and adoption decisions, rather than relying on breed.

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The Evolution of Adoption Programs: Marketing to Save Lives, Part 2

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Caitlin QuinnMay 2014

Innovations in the way we consider marketing adoptions in shelters mean that everyone has the opportunity to put on their PR hat – including medical team members! Once breed-neutral policies are in place, learn how to implement strategies that decrease barriers to adoption and increase live outcomes.

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Infectious Diseases in Large-Scale Cat Hoarding Investigations

Katherine Polak, DVM, MPH, MS, DACVMPMay 2014

Animal hoarders often accumulate animals in over-crowded conditions without adequate nutrition, sanitation and veterinary care. As a result, animals seized from hoarding situations frequently suffer from a variety of medical conditions.

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An Overview of Feline Heartworm Disease

Brian A. DiGangi, DVM, MS, DAVBP (Canine/Feline)December 2014

We all know that cats are unique. Different from our canine companions in many ways, their physiologic response to heartworm infection is one more thing to add to the list. They’re not just small dogs – and our disease management protocols must be altered to take their unique responses into account. Understanding the disease prevalence, life cycle, clinical signs and prognosis will guide us in the development of rational management protocols for shelter pets.

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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.

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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.

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Shelter Dog Mod Squad: Identifying and Modifying Canine Behavior Problems in Shelters

Shelia (Segurson) D'Arpino, DVM, DACVBDecember 2012

How can you get jumpy, mouthy or fearful shelter dogs adopted? By joining the "Shelter Dog Mod Squad" and learning how to identify and modify those behavior problems!

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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.

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The Human Psychology of Canine Parvovirus

Christie KeithDecember 2013

Everyone in the sheltering world has good reason to fear an outbreak of canine parvovirus (CPV) in their facility. But could that fear be blinding us to new ways of thinking about this disease? Journalist and communications consultant Christie Keith examines the language we use to talk about CPV, and whether or not we are making our decisions based on evidence or fear.

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A Shelter-Based Approach to Canine Parvovirus Treatment

Brian A. DiGangi, DVM, MS, DABVP (Canine/Feline)December 2013

There have been many advances in treatment options since the emergence of canine parvovirus (CPV) in the 1970s, and many sheltering organizations have started to embrace various CPV treatment options in their efforts to save more lives. Brian A. DiGangi, DVM, MS, DABVP, guides you through treatment for shelter dogs with CPV, including how to make use of limited resources without compromising patient welfare and a simple algorithm to help shelters make the best treatment decisions.

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Give Your Shelter a (Clean) Break from Parvo

Sandra Newbury, DVMDecember 2013

Protect the animals in your shelter from infectious diseases like canine parvovirus without closing your doors entirely. In this video snippet, Dr. Newbury explains the concept of a "clean break."

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An Insider's View of Canine Parvovirus in Shelter Dogs

Ronald Schultz, MS, PhD, ACVMDecember 2013

Few people have as intimate a knowledge of canine parvovirus as Dr. Ronald D. Schultz, Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, head of the Maddie's Laboratory, and one of the country's leading veterinary vaccine researchers. In this series of videos, he takes viewers inside the fight to identify CPV in the 70s, the struggle to combat outbreaks of infectious disease in shelters, and the rise of new preventive and diagnostic tools for parvo.

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An Historical Timeline of Canine Parvovirus

December 2013

Dr. Laurie J. Larson, a veterinarian and scientist working with Dr. Schultz at the Maddie's® Laboratory for Diagnosis and Prevention of Shelter Diseases, collaborated with Maddie's InstituteSM to create an infographic outlining the history of canine parvovirus, from its emergence in the 1970s to the present.

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Canine Parvovirus Treatment Resource Assessment Algorithm

Brian A. DiGangi, DVM, DABVPDecember 2013

The first step in creating a CPV treatment protocol that is right for your organization is to figure out what resources are available for CPV patient care. The goal of this assessment is to determine which patients can be successfully treated without jeopardizing the health and welfare of those patients or that of the other animals in the shelter.

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Physical and Behavioral Development of Kittens for the First Six Weeks of Life

Susan Krebsbach, DVMDecember 2013

Early behavioral development of kittens is governed by the extent to which other body systems and senses have developed. An understanding of both is vital if we are to comprehend the antics of the kittens in our charge.

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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.

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Helping Cats Who Hiss and Hide: Assessments, Behavior Modification and Re-Homing Strategies for Shy and Fearful Cats

Sheila Segurson D'Arpino, DVM, DACVBNovember 2013

Can cats who are shy and fearful in the shelter still get adopted? Yes, says board certified veterinary behavior specialist Dr. Sheila D'Arpino. Feline behavior while in a shelter is not always a good representation of that same cat's behavior in less stressful surroundings. Proper housing, handling, and, if needed, behavior modification can turn that hissing and hiding cat into a beloved family pet.

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Secrets to Pet Foster Program Success

Sherri Franklin, Laurie Routhier, Marie Macaspac November 2014

What if your shelter or rescue group had a long list of people wanting to foster pets for you? What if you had a great system in place to recruit, train, reward and manage those foster homes? What if you had a whole army of people to help get those pets ready for adoption?

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Do-It-Yourself Shelter Assessments: Learning to Use Maddie’s Animal Shelter Infection Control Tool

Claudia J. Baldwin, DVM, MS, DACVIM, Kiley Maddux, LVTNovember 2011

Imagine a team of skilled shelter veterinarians from all over the country evaluating your shelter from top to bottom - for free. Picture them giving you a list of hands-on, practical steps customized for your facility - steps you can take to prevent disease outbreaks and behavior problems, conserve resources, streamline workload, and, most importantly, save animal lives.

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Helping Cats Who Hiss and Hide: Pre-Webcast Survey Results

November 2013

On November 14, 2013, Maddie's Institute® presented the webcast Helping Cats Who Hiss and Hide: Assessment, Behavior Modification and Re-Homing Strategies for Shy and Fearful Cats, with Dr. Sheila D'Arpino, a board-certified veterinary behaviorist. Those who registered for the live webcast filled out a short questionnaire regarding their own experiences with shy and fearful cats.

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Training and Development Survey Results

November 2012

Research shows that attention to your workers' training and development can also lead to increased confidence, a deeper connection to the mission, accountability and retention, while reducing monotony and disengagement. We surveyed shelters and rescue organizations to: understand current training and development practices, identify common needs and challenges, and offer tips and resources to improve programs.

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Breed Stereotype and Effects of Handler Appearance on Perceptions of Pit Bulls

Lisa GunterNovember 2012

Would posing an available pit bull in a picture with a child or elderly woman enhance the perception of the dog's friendliness and adoptability? You bet.

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Common Elements of No-Kill Success

November 2012

Maddie’s Fund asked seventeen no-kill community leaders what they considered to be the key elements of their success. Marketing/PR and Adoption Specials topped the list.

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Free Pet Adoptions: Study Results

November 2012

The University of Florida surveyed 1,928 adopters from a fee-waived adoption event and concluded that successful adoptions do not require a fee; free adoption promotions can increase adoptions without compromising the quality of a pet’s life.

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Adoptable Ideas Part 2: Breed Stereotypes and Pets with Special Needs

Lisa GunterNovember 2012

Looking for a new way to inspire people in your community to take a second look at some of the pets who keep getting passed over? Breed Stereotype and Effects of Handler Appearance on Perceptions of Pit Bulls, new research by Lisa Gunter, provides insights on how shelters might increase pit bull adoptions. 

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Getting to No-Kill by 2015

November 2012

More people are adopting from shelters and fewer pets are dying. These and other positive trends drive Maddie’s optimism for achieving no-kill by 2015.

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Seeing Dogs as Individuals Key to Matching

November 2011

An innovative program to evaluate and rehabilitate shelter dogs as individuals leads the way in helping dogs with all kinds of behavior challenges find lasting, loving homes.

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A Place for Second Chances

November 2010

Discover how great customer service, marketing and out of the box ideas enable the Oregon Humane Society to adopt nearly 11,000 healthy and treatable dogs and cats each year.

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Maddie's Shelter Medicine Conference

November 2009

On October 23 and 24, 2009, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine hosted the second annual Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Conference in Gainesville, Florida. Eight power point presentations from the conference are available for viewing. They include: transitioning to adoption guarantee, creating a pet evaluation matrix, top adoption and marketing strategies and foster care.

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Being an Antibiotic Watchdog

Cate McManus, VMD, MPH, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Preventative MedicineOctober 2011

Antibiotic use in the animal shelter is practically unavoidable, however the use of antibiotics must carefully be weighed. Listen to Dr. Cate McManus, VMD, MPH, DACVPM, and third year Maddie's Shelter Medicine Resident at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, share challenges, risks, and guidelines for antibiotic use in animal shelters.

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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).

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Behavior Modification for Cats in Shelters and Foster Homes

Sara L. Bennett, DVM, MS, DACVBOctober 2014

Getting a leopard to change his spots sometimes seems easier than getting a domestic cat to change her behavior. Fortunately, the science of feline behavior modification has come a long way in recent years, leaving animal shelters, rescue groups, fosters and adopters with plenty of new tools to help cats become happier and well-adjusted companions.

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The First 60 Minutes: Animal Sheltering's Critical Hour Webcast

Brian A. DiGangi, DVM, MS, DABVPOctober 2011

From the minute a dog or cat sets paw inside an animal control vehicle or shelter, the clock is ticking on decisions, procedures and practices that can spell health or illness - even life or death - for that animal. Find out how decisions made in that first critical hour impact the stress response and susceptibility to disease of sheltered dogs and cats.

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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. 

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Shelter Medicine Changes Everything

October 2014

In this short documentary film, Maddie's Fund takes a look at how shelter medicine arrived at this moment in time, the role Maddie's Fund played in that journey, and what the future holds for shelters, shelter veterinarians, and the animals whose lives are in their care.

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Shelter Based Feral Freedom

Joe ElmoreOctober 2013

Feral Freedom return-to-field programs are quickly becoming the gold standard for community cat management in progressive communities nationwide. In Charleston County, South Carolina, animal organizations have implemented the Feral Freedom strategy as a collaboration of local organizations and animal control agencies, affirmed by ordinances created to reinforce this strategy to save more lives and reduce intake.

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Outstanding Animal Control Programs: Moving Toward No-Kill

Scott Trebatoski, MBA, ACO, CET, QETIOctober 2013

Jacksonville Animal Care & Protective Services has made significant improvements towards no-kill animal control while suffering drastic budget cuts. In 2007 JACPS had an 81% euthanasia rate with a $5 million budget and 62 team members; by 2012 the euthanasia rate had been reduced to 31% while the budget was chopped to $3 million and staff to 44.

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Respiratory Infections in Shelters: Beyond Kennel Cough

Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhDOctober 2013

Assuming a cough is kennel cough just might cause you to miss an important diagnosis.

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Ringworm Roundup 1: Overview

Sandra Newbury, DVMOctober 2013

Managing ringworm in homeless pet populations can be easier than you think, when you have your eyes open, and equipped with a systematic approach and the right tools.

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Ringworm Roundup 2: Outbreak Management

Sandra Newbury, DVMOctober 2013

In the second half of "Ringworm Roundup," Dr. Newbury discusses a step-by-step plan for managing any disease outbreak, but with a specific focus on ringworm.

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Saving More Kittens with Kitten University

Jennifer Broadhurst, DVMOctober 2013

Dr. Jennifer Broadhurst, Director of Operations at the Jacksonville Humane Society, discusses protocols and procedures in place for their kitten nursery, known as Kitten University. This talk was part of the Maddie's Shelter Medicine Conference track of the 2013 No More Homeless Pets National Conference.

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Big Problem, Big Solutions: Mega Spay/Neuter Clinics

Kelly Farrell, DVMOctober 2013

This workshop is designed to familiarize attendees with the inner workings of a Mega Spay/Neuter Clinic that performs 25,000+ surgeries annually.

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Community Solutions for Community Cats, Part 1

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM and Shaye Olmstead October 2013

Operation Catnip's proactive "litter prevention" program performs 3,000 trap-neuter-return (TNR) surgeries each year for community cats using monthly high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter clinics capable of sterilizing more than 200 cats in a single day. This program was instrumental in reducing cat euthanasia at the local shelter from 81% to 42% over 13 years. In 2012, the program was expanded to include a reactive "shelter-neuter-return" program targeting the cats most at risk of immediate euthanasia: adult impounded strays. By neutering and returning these shelter cats to their neighborhoods, cat euthanasia plummeted to 13% in 2012, making Alachua County the safest place to be a cat in Florida.

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Community Solutions for Community Cats, Part 2

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM and Shaye Olmstead October 2013

Operation Catnip's proactive "litter prevention" program performs 3,000 trap-neuter-return (TNR) surgeries each year for community cats using monthly high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter clinics capable of sterilizing more than 200 cats in a single day. This program was instrumental in reducing cat euthanasia at the local shelter from 81% to 42% over 13 years. In 2012, the program was expanded to include a reactive "shelter-neuter-return" program targeting the cats most at risk of immediate euthanasia: adult impounded strays. By neutering and returning these shelter cats to their neighborhoods, cat euthanasia plummeted to 13% in 2012, making Alachua County the safest place to be a cat in Florida.

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Face-to-Face with Feral Freedom: Saving Community Cats

Rick DuCharmeOctober 2013

Feral Freedom is an innovative program that has decreased feline shelter euthanasia between 25% and 50% in every shelter in which it has been fully implemented. This talk, given by Rick DuCharme, Founder and Executive Director of First Coast No More Homeless Pets, presents an overview of the Feral Freedom program.

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Healing the Wounded Healer: Techniques to Reduce Stress in High-Intensity Practices

Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline), MAOctober 2013

If you're a shelter medicine professional, it's easy to begin neglecting your own well-being and balance. Because shelter medicine is one of the most emotionally demanding practices within veterinary medicine, clinicians face burnout, compassion fatigue and a wide range of mental health problems.

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How, When and Who to Test for Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex

Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhDOctober 2013

How, when and who to test for canine respiratory disease complex (CIRDC), also known as kennel cough.

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Vet to Vet: Canine Circovirus

Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhDOctober 2013

Dr. Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhD and Clinical Assistant Professor for Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida, discusses the emerging Canine Circovirus.

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Vet to Vet: Evidence-Based Parvovirus Treatment

Staci Cannon, DVMOctober 2013

Recent findings from a study of outpatient protocols in the treatment of canine parvovirus gastroenteritis.

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Vet to Vet: Recuvrya - A Novel Approach to Pain Management in the Shelter

Katherine Polak, DVM, MPH, MS, DACVPMOctober 2013

A new kind of medication for treating post-surgical pain in dogs.

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Vet to Vet: Tail Vaccination in Cats - Balancing Disease Protection and Cancer Treatment

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIMOctober 2013

Research on tail vaccinations in cats, which offer another option to help treat feline vaccine-related sarcomas. Surprisingly, the cats in this study tolerated the injection well.

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Vet to Vet: Updates on Spay/Neuter Research

Amie Burling, DVMOctober 2013

Dr. Amie Burling, Maddie's Shelter Medicine Resident at the University of Florida, discusses updates on spay and neuter research.

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Vaccination Protocols for Shelter Dogs - What's the Latest Evidence?

Annette Litster, BVSc, PhD, MMedSci, Fellow ACVSCOctober 2011

Is your organization up to snuff with the latest regarding vaccination protocols for your dogs? If not, listen to Dr. Annette Litster, Director of Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, present the latest evidence at the University of Florida's Maddie's Shelter Medicine Conference 2011.

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Streptococcus zooepidemicus - An Emerging Pathogen in Shelters

Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhDOctober 2011

An emerging disease is causing deadly concern to homeless dogs in animal shelters. Listen to Dr. Cynda Crawford, Clinical Assistant Professor in Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, present at the UF Maddie's Shelter Medicine Conference 2011 on Streptococcus zooepidemicus. Although this is an uncommon bacteria found in dogs, this is a real concern for dogs in shelters. You will learn what the organism is, the clinical presentation of infected dogs, how to diagnosis it and how to treat and manage this disease in an outbreak.

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Training Experts in Shelter Medicine

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIMOctober 2011

Training experts in shelter medicine is a relatively new field in veterinary medicine. Listen to Dr. Julie Levy, Director of Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, share what is involved with this specialized training and the exciting opportunities the field brings to animal sheltering.

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Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters - ASV 2010

Annette Litster, BVSc, PhD, MMedSci, Fellow ACVSCOctober 2011

Dr. Annette Litster, Director of Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, presents a review of the Association of Shelter Veterinarian's newly published Shelter Standards Document.

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Fighting SNAFUs with SOPs: How You Can Impose Order Upon Chaos in Your Shelter

Michael R. Moyer, VMDOctober 2011

Have you been wondering how you can impose order upon chaos in your animal shelter or rescue organization? Well, this is the talk for you! Listen in while Dr. Michael Moyer, Director of the Shelter Animal Medicine Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and current President and Board Member of the American Animal Hospital Association, presents a well thought out and information packed talk on Fighting SNAFUs with SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures).

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Curing the Litter Box Blues - Feline Elimination Disorders

Susan Krebsbach, DVMOctober 2011

Dr. Susan Krebsbach, veterinary behavior specialist, presents "Curing the Litter Box Blues: Feline Elimination Disorders" at the Purdue/Maddie's Shelter Medicine Symposium 2011.

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Diagnosis and Treatment of Protozoal Infections in Shelters

Laura Andersen, DVMOctober 2011

Protozoal infections in shelters are not always easy to deal with. Learn from Dr. Laura Andersen, third year Maddie's Shelter Medicine Resident at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, as she shares her latest research findings and ways shelters can use this information to diagnose, treat and manage protozoal infections in animal shelters and rescues.

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Anesthetic Management in Animal Shelters – Keeping Them Alive

Sheilah Robertson, BVMS (Hons), PhD, MRCVS, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists, Diplomate European College of Veterinary Anesthesia & AnalgesiaOctober 2011

Dr. Sheilah Robertson gives a fantastic presentation on Anesthetic Management in Animal Shelters at the 2011 University of Florida's Maddie's Shelter Medicine Conference. Dr. Robertson talks about historical and current data related to anesthetic mortality, which patients are more at risk, certain drugs or techniques implicated, and what we can do to decrease risks.

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Pain Management in Animal Shelters – How Do We Know They Hurt?

Sheilah Robertson, BVMS (Hons), PhD, MRCVS, Diplomate ACVAA, ECVAA DiplomateOctober 2011

Animals undergoing anesthesia and surgery do go through pain and there is a lot that can be done to help minimize their pain, stress and discomfort.

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Seniors and Shelters: Looking After Geriatric Pets in Shelters and Getting Them Adopted

Susan Krebsbach, DVMOctober 2011

Dr. Susan Krebsbach, veterinary specialist in behavior with over 20 years’ experience working with animal shelters, talks at the Purdue/Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Symposium 2011 about senior pets in animal shelters and how to get them adopted.

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Managing Feline Panleukopenia in a Shelter

Annette Litster, BVSc, PhD, MMedSci, Fellow ACVSCOctober 2011

Dr. Annette Litster, Director of Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine presents a talk at the Purdue/Maddie's Shelter Medicine Symposium 2011 on Managing Feline Panleukopenia in a Shelter and shares some of her latest research findings.

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More Than Medicine - The Veterinarian's Role in Daily Rounds (Parts 1 and 2)

Brian A. DiGangi, DVM, MS, Diplomate AVCIM and Stephanie Jacks, DVM, PhD, Diplomate AVCIMOctober 2011

Dr. DiGangi and Dr. Jacks will discuss how to create a Daily Veterinary Rounds Team and integrate its functions into shelter operations. They will also share practical tips and techniques for ensuring efficient and effective daily rounds.

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Our Hearts Are Ready: Are Our Shelters? Editorial

Rich AvanzinoOctober 2011

It's a deadly mistake for shelters to assume that animal lovers won't open their hearts and homes to the most challenging cases in their care.

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Customer Service Do's and Don'ts Part II

October 2010

Read the findings from our 2010 Customer Service Awards Program.

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Temperament Tests - What We Do and Do Not Know

Sara Bennett, DVM, DACVBOctober 2010

One of the biggest hot-button issues in animal welfare is temperament testing. Temperament Tests – What We Do and Do Not Know, presented by Dr. Sarah Bennett at Purdue University's Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Conference in October 2010, discusses the importance of temperaments tests and looks at what they can and can't do. She also examines the most commonly used temperament tests as well as the most popular adoption screening and matching programs.

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Knocking the Snot Out of Feline URI: Saving Shelter Cats' Lives with Treatment and Prevention

Kate F. Hurley, DVM, MPVMSeptember 2012

Feline upper respiratory infections are killers. The Association of Shelter Veterinarians list it as the number one health issue in shelters, where stress and close quarters provide the perfect conditions for both exposure and illness. Can shelters really beat URI? Can outbreaks be prevented, or once started, stopped?

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Treating the Treatables: Saving Lives Through Medical Protocols, Foster Care and Proactive Thinking

Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, MA, DABVP (Canine/Feline Practice)September 2014

Does your shelter or rescue group have medical protocols in place to care for your pets and for your fostered dogs and cats? Foster programs are critical if we want to help more pets who are facing treatable medical conditions, and to expand the capacity of a community to care for its homeless pets.

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Saving Lives with Antibody Titer Tests

Ronald Schultz, MS, PhD, DACVMSeptember 2011

Leading vaccine researcher Dr. Ronald Schultz doesn't want to see any more shelter pets die just because they've been exposed to a deadly infectious disease. That's why he offered a shelter a chance to make a different choice during their next outbreak, allowing them to save the lives of 17 dogs. How did they do it? With the use of a simple in-house antibody titer test that revealed which pets had an immunity to the disease.

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Staff and Volunteer Engagement Survey Results

September 2013

Research clearly links high staff and volunteer engagement to high performance and productivity. We surveyed shelters and rescue organizations to: assess overall levels of engagement, investigate potential drivers which may contribute to engagement or disengagement and provide resources to enable organizations to improve engagement.

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Orphaned Kitten Survey Results

September 2013

Orphaned kittens are the most fragile of homeless animals, and many shelters consider it too resource-intensive to care for them. For that reason, they often make up the largest single group of animals euthanized at many shelters. We surveyed shelters and rescue organizations to gather data on: care and housing, prevalence of health issues, training given to individuals who provide care, and challenges organizations may face in providing care for kittens.

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Muttville Nation: A Community in Love with Senior Dogs

Sherri FranklinSeptember 2012

Older homeless pets - even those with age-related illnesses - do not have to be a big adoption challenge, says Muttville founder Sherri Franklin. Muttville has placed over 1,300 senior dogs since 2007.

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Adoptable Ideas Part 1: Pets Who deserve a Second Look

September 2012

Wondering how to inspire people to take a second look at some of the pets who keep getting passed over? The Humane Society of Indianapolis shares a few promotions guaranteed to turn the spotlight on those harder-to-place pets.

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Temperament Testing for Dogs in a Shelter Setting

Sara Bennett, DVM, DACVBSeptember 2012

When assessing dogs in a shelter, not only do we need to consider their body language, but our own as well! Dr. Sara Bennett discusses how human body language can affect test performance, and steps to take to avoid this and maintain safe handling. Dr. Bennett also gives an overview of a few commonly used behavior assessments.

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Are Live Operators a Thing of the Past or the Future? Editorial

Rich AvanzinoSeptember 2012

Sick and tired of voicemail jail when you call your local shelter? Maddie's Fund President Rich Avanzino takes a trip into the past as well as the future, and explains why it's time for shelters and rescue groups to get real people to answer their phones.

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Canine Body Language in the Shelter

Dr. Sara Bennett, DVM, DACVBSeptember 2012

Have you ever wondered how dogs communicate? Are we even close to understanding them? Dr. Sara Bennett, graduate of the Purdue Shelter Veterinary Behavior Residency Program, goes through an overview of canine body language and interpretation. She discusses welfare implications of different behavior states, as well as how this can affect and be affected by length of stay in a shelter and the animal shelter environment.

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Clever Examples to Better Market Your Adoptions

September 2011

Nothing boosts adoptions like great marketing. For some clever, out-of-the-box marketing ideas, take a look at these great resources.

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Marvelously Mature

September 2011

Senior pets may have an advantage with some adopters. Maddie's Fund surveyed several successful senior pet adoption programs, and found out what it takes to tap into a senior-friendly adoption market.

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How Animal Shelters Can Treat and Prevent Heartworm in Dogs

Brian DiGangi, DVM, MS, DAVBPAugust 2014

Heartworm disease is 100% preventable, yet experts estimate one million dogs in the U.S. are infected with the parasite. The challenge of prevention and treatment is particularly acute in animal shelters, which usually receive the dogs when they are already heartworm-positive and face challenges finding resources to treat them.

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The Dollars and Sense of Sheltering: A Tool for Financially Evaluating Your Shelter's Programs

Nicole Olynk Widmar, PhDAugust 2013

Sheltering isn't just about good intentions. It's about planning and developing programs that have a good chance of keeping animals healthy and happy, as well as maximizing adoptions and lifesaving.

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Everybody Wins: Learn How to Change the Way Animal Groups and Veterinarians Work Together

Christie KeithAugust 2014

Have the words "veterinarians are only in it for the money" crossed your mind or lips? If you volunteer or work for an animal rescue group, have you ever passed up pulling a treatable pet from a shelter because you weren't sure you could find affordable treatment? If you run a shelter, have you ever wondered why local veterinarians don't want to participate in your programs?

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The Truth About Free Cat Adoptions

August 2012

Research has proven that worries about free cat adoptions are unfounded. Now fee-waived adoptions are catching on in animal shelters nationwide.

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Tips for Working with Local Lawmakers: An Interview with Ryan Clinton

August 2012

Ryan Clinton shares the strategy for working with local lawmakers that helped Austin, TX, set an aggressive no-kill goal for their city – which has been saving more than 90% of its animals for more than a year now.

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Community Cat Advocacy through a Lawmaker’s Eyes: Tips from Jennifer Fearing

Jennifer FearingAugust 2012

Maddie’s Institute spoke with Jennifer Fearing, California Senior State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, about how learning to see the community cat issue through a lawmaker’s eyes can lead to success.

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Community Cat Advocates Need a Messaging Makeover: An Interview with Becky Robinson

Becky RobinsonAugust 2012

Alley Cat Allies’ Becky Robinson has been in the trenches of community cat advocacy all over the country. She thinks it’s time we changed our approach to that advocacy, and shares her thoughts on what she believes will be an effective new direction for people trying to get community support for cat-friendly public policies.

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Community Cats: A Shelter Director’s Evolution

Barbara Carr, Executive Director, Erie County SPCAAugust 2012

Once upon a time, Barbara Carr believed feral cats lived short, miserable lives, and the kindest thing she could do for them was put them out of their misery. Today, the director of the Erie County SPCA believes the opposite, and is throwing her organization’s resources into saving their lives, not taking them. Find out how history, research, data, and experience all came together to turn a skeptic into a community cat advocate, and how you can change minds and policy in your region the same way.

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High-Quality, High-Volume Spay/Neuter for Community Cats

Kathleen Makolinski, DVMAugust 2012

Free-roaming cats have a variety of temperaments, and those who are "feral” need special consideration when performing anesthesia and spay/neuter. It is important to minimize the cat’s stress and maximize safety for the humans who are providing medical care.

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How to Get the Media to Take Your Animal Welfare Story Seriously: Tips from Christie Keith

Christie KeithAugust 2012

As a pet columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate.com and a blogger known to write about no-kill and shelter reform issues, Christie Keith says she received "what may amount at this point to two tons of communications from animal advocates wanting me to write about their cause.” Find out why most of these messages are doomed to fail, and how yours can succeed.

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How to Work With Municipalities to Save Community Cats

Rick DuCharme, Founder and Director of First Coast No More Homeless PetsAugust 2012

Do you ever feel like your local government agencies and officials just won’t listen when you try to talk to them about progressive community cat policies? Maybe it’s not them, but you. Rick DuCharme of First Coast No More Homeless Pets in Jacksonville, FL, explains how the power of relationships led to one of the nation’s most successful community cat programs, and what steps you need to follow to build effective working relationships with the decision-makers in your community. Hint: It involves doughnuts.

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Parvovirus: An Integrated Communication Strategy is Part of Treatment

Lesli Groshong, DVMAugust 2012

When approached from a team perspective, an outbreak of parvovirus does not need to be a crisis in your shelter.

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Physical and Psychological Health Issues in Puppy Mill and Hoarding Rescues

Franklin D. McMillan, DVM, DACVIMAugust 2012

Animals entering shelters after being rescued from life in a puppy mill or hoarding environment may be afflicted with numerous physical and psychological health problems at varying levels of severity.

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Instructions and Prognostic Information for Adopters of Puppy Mill and Hoarding Animals

Franklin D. McMillan, DVM, DACVIMAugust 2012

Animals adopted out after rescue from puppy mill and hoarding environments present adopters with a wide array of challenges.

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Shelter Crowd Control: Keeping Community Cats Out of Shelters Presentation

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIMAugust 2012

While innovative strategies are saving lives across the country, euthanasia rates for stray and feral cats remain stubbornly high in many communities. This presentation will explore the magnitude of the community cat population problem and redefine definitions for "home" and "rescue".

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Saving Neonatal Kittens

Ellen Jefferson, DVMAugust 2012

Austin Pets Alive's Bottle Baby Program saves over 1,000 kittens per year that would otherwise be euthanized due to the high needs of orphaned baby kittens.

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Saving the Bottom 50%

Ellen Jefferson, DVMAugust 2012

How Austin Pets Alive! (APA) changed the face of shelter euthanasia at the city shelter by tackling difficult shelter medical issues. Knowing it would not be as simple as just saving more of the easy-to-save animals, APA examined the specific types of animals being euthanized and developed targeted programs for these groups to enable a live outcome.

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Maddie's Fund President Rich Avanzino Shares a New Perspective on Community Cats

Rich AvanzinoAugust 2012

Rich Avanzino talks about the issue of community cats and offers a solution.

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Treating Canine Distemper Virus

Dr. Ellen Jefferson, DVMAugust 2012

In an effort to save all the injured and sick animals at the city shelter, Austin Pets Alive (APA) developed a program for parvovirus treatment and a protocol for distemper treatment.

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Treating Canine Parvovirus

Ellen Jefferson, DVMAugust 2012

As part of their overall effort to save all the injured and ill animals at the city shelter, Austin Pets Alive (APA) developed a program for parvovirus treatment and a protocol for distemper treatment.

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The First 60 Minutes: Animal Sheltering's Critical Hour Presentation

Brian A. DiGangi, DVM, MSAugust 2012

From the minute a dog or cat sets paw inside an animal control vehicle or shelter, the clock is ticking on decisions, procedures and practices that can spell health or illness, even life or death, for that animal.

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Therapeutic Insights for Treating Animals Rescued from Puppy Mills and Hoarding Situations

Franklin D. McMillan, DVM, DACVIMAugust 2012

Shelters and adopters of animals rescued from puppy mills and hoarding situations were surveyed to inquire about the methods used to help rehabilitate the animals. Specific attention was paid to what was most effective, what was least effective and what caused a setback in the animal's progress toward recovery.

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Using Shelter Metrics to Measure and Set Goals

Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDAugust 2011

Dr. Jan Scarlett presents Using Shelter Metrics to Measure and Set Goals at the 2011 ASPCA/Maddie's Shelter Medicine Mini Conference. Learn about what data you can get interesting information from and why it is important to collect data.

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Maddie's Laboratory - How to Run In-Clinic Titer Tests

Ronald Schultz, MS, PhD, ACVMAugust 2011

Is your shelter experiencing an outbreak? Or would you like to fast track your transfers from other shelters? Learn about how to run and interpret two of the highly recommended in-clinic antibody titer tests being used by Dr. Ronald Schultz in his laboratory at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.

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FIV Testing in Animal Shelters - Why, Who and When?

Nicole Putney, DVMAugust 2011

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is a viral infection of cats. Although the prevalence is low, it is still a concern for homeless cats in shelters. Listen to Dr. Nicole Putney, Maddie's Intern in Shelter Medicine at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine present FIV Testing in Shelters: Why, Who and When?

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Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) Testing in Animal Shelters

Kate Gollon, DVMAugust 2011

Dealing with Feline Leukemia (FeLV) in animal shelters can be complicated. Listen to Dr. Kate Gollon, DVM and Swanson Intern in Shelter Medicine at Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, talk about why to test for FeLV, which cats should be tested, what kinds of tests are available, testing kittens, and test results and disease progression.

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Crisis PR for Animal Shelters

Mike SmithAugust 2010

It’s important to know how to react to a PR crisis. It’s even more important to anticipate and plan a media strategy before one occurs.

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Optimizing Your Petfinder.com Listing for The Shelter Pet Project

August 2010

Discover the simple tricks that will get your shelter pets noticed on Petfinder.com.

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Fears, Facts and Forever Homes: What We Know About Free Pet Adoptions

Susan B. Krebsbach, DVMJuly 2014

Would you love to give your pet adoption program a boost, but fear that free adoptions send the wrong message, attract the wrong people and result in bad outcomes for pets?

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Getting to No-Kill, Different Communities, Different Models NKLA: Los Angeles, California

Brenda Barnette, Francis Battista, Aimee Gilbreath, Marc PeraltaJuly 17, 2015

What is the "secret sauce” that created No-kill Los Angeles’ rapid success? Come learn how Best Friends’ NKLA initiative formed public/private partnerships, created a strong coalition, and broke through misconceptions to save many more lives in L.A.

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Getting to No-Kill, Different Communities, Different Models - Austin, Texas

Dr. Ellen Jefferson and Tawney HammondJuly 17, 2015

As the largest no-kill city in the country, Austin Texas, knows how to turn things around. Find out how they did it!

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Where to Begin: Fundraising Basics

Sandy ReesJuly 17, 2015

Fundraising: The right people, the right time, the right message, is it as simple as that?

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Smart Money: Wise Investments for a Secure Future

Craig DePoleJuly 17, 2015

Where can your fundraising efforts reap the biggest rewards? Find out in this presentation from Best Friends National Conference!

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Raising Funds Digitally: Navigating the Online and Email Worlds

Sue CitroJuly 17, 2015

Increase your reach through the power of online and email fundraising!

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Light Their Fires: Motivating Donors

Angie Moore and Jeff NickelJuly 17, 2015

Do you know what your donors want, why they are involved and what their expectations are of your organization? Find out!

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Fundraising's Hidden Power: Making Every Donor Count

Tim CrumJuly 17, 2015

Want to learn how to build lasting relationships with donors, ask for more money, get your donors to find other donors, and build a volunteer team devoted to asking for money?

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Granted: Identifying, Applying for and Managing Grant Funds

Amanda PearceJuly 17, 2015

Are you intimidated by the grant proposal process? Don't be!

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Ready, Steady, Go: Managing Change for Increased Success

Holly SizemoreJuly 17, 2015

Evolve and grow - that's the blueprint for a vibrant organization, but many of us resist change, especially when we can't see the need for it. How can we change and continue to move the ball forward?

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Learning to Lead: What Great Leaders Know and Do

Gegory CastleJuly 17, 2015

It takes leadership to save animals. There are many different ways to lead, and many different ways to make decisions. Find out how to maximize your leadership skills to affect the most change.

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How to Win Friends and Influence Lifesaving through Coalitions and Alliances

Barbara Browm, Francis Battista and Arlyn BradshawJuly 17, 2015

Learn how to leverage allied and rival organizations toward a common goal. You can accomplish great things with the strength of active, united coalitions, find out how in this presentation!

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Working for Peace: Effective Conflict Resolution

Karen GreenJuly 17, 2015

Conflict can actually strengthen relationships, increase creativity and lead to solutions. Learn how to turn disagreements into doorways for collaboration and teamwork.

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Create a Blazing Hot Brand: More Mission, Members, Media and Money

Julie CastleJuly 17, 2015

Brand your organization, stand out from the sea of nonprofits in your community, attract more donors, volunteers and community support.

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Strong on Top: Building and Engaging a Board of Directors

Sandy ReesJuly 17, 2015

You can unleash the best board of directors ever. Discover the traits of your ideal board members, learn to recruit the talented folks you most want, and plan ways to keep them meaningfully engaged.

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How Animal Shelters Are Beating Ringworm (And Yours Can, Too!)

Karen Moriello, DVM, DACVDJuly 2012

Ringworm. An outbreak - even one suspected case - can cause a corresponding outbreak of despair in shelter staff. How will they handle it? Can they disinfect the shelter? Can the cats or kittens be treated, or is it too risky? What about the impact on adoptions and the foster care program?

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Making the Case for a Paradigm Shift in Community Cat Management, Part Two

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVM; Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM; Richard Avanzino; Jon Cicirelli; Holly SizemoreJuly 2013

In Part Two of Making the Case for a Paradigm Shift in Community Cat Management, Maddie's InstituteSM will present some of the nation's leading experts on animal sheltering and community cats in a comprehensive Q&A panel discussion on the information in Dr. Hurley's webcast.

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Evolving Strategies for Treating and Preventing Parvo in Shelter Dogs

Sandra Newbury, DVMJuly 2014

Few diseases strike as much fear in the heart of animal shelter personnel as canine parvovirus (CPV). Outbreaks can cause widespread death and suffering, and erode community goodwill the shelter depends on when seeking volunteers, adopters and donors.

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FeLV and FIV

Stephanie Janeczko, DVM, MS, DABVPJuly 2013

Shelters often perform FeLV/FIV tests to determine if these retroviruses are present within the cats that they care for. This presentation reviews indications and proper technique for test performance as well as interpretation of results and implications for cats who test positive.

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How to Start a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Program in Your Community

Jesse OldhamJuly 2013

The presentation covers a basic overview of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs, and explores how TNR programs might differ depending on who is implementing them, the resources available in a community and the desired program outcomes.

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Beyond the Cutting Edge: Non-Surgical Tools for Contraception and Sterilization of Dogs and Cats

Joyce Briggs, MS July 2013

A discussion of the status of research on non-surgical sterilants for dogs and cats.

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Coccidia in a Shelter Setting

Danielle Boes, DVMJuly 2013

Coccidia is a hearty organism that can cause unrelenting issues in the animal shelter. This talk will review best practices in managing, treating and preventing these organisms in your population.

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Giardia: For Shelter Staff and Volunteers

Tiva Hoshizaki, DVMJuly 2013

Giardia is a hearty organism that can cause unrelenting issues in the animal shelter. This talk will review best practices in managing, treating and preventing these organisms in your population.

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Non-Surgical Neutering - Are You Ready?

Robert Weedon, DVM, MPHJuly 2013

This presentation examines the technology behind the only FDA-approved nonsurgical sterilant for use in male dogs, and outlines the importance of training and proper injection technique, tips for successful implementation and real-life examples of how animal welfare groups are currently using it.

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Toxoplasmosis: Truth, Fiction, and Crazy Cat Ladies?

Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, MAJuly 2013

Toxoplasmosis has been in the popular news a lot lately, and cats often get blamed as the source of human infections. This review of current research will attempt to separate fact from fiction and provide staff and volunteers with information regarding the risks in working with the cats in their care.

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Use of Dexmedetomidine in the Shelter Setting

Andrea Looney, DVM, DACVA, CCRP, CVAJuly 2013

This presentation considers the pharmacology, clinical presentation and nuanced usage of several injectable anesthesia regimes utilizing the drug dexmedetomidine.

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Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to Target Spay/Neuter Efforts

Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDJuly 2013

Large numbers of kittens entering shelters continue to be a major problem for many shelters. Geographic information systems (GIS) technology can be used to identify geographic areas that repeatedly are a source of kittens.

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Taking the Bite Out of Rabies: Are You at Risk in the Shelter?

Andrew Newmark, DVM July 2013

Rabies kills approximately 70,000 people annually worldwide. Animals enter our shelters daily with unknown rabies vaccination status, and have possibly had contact with rabid animals.

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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.

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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.

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Zoonoses

Andrew Newmark, DVM July 2012

Dr. Newmark discusses zoonotic diseases that are commonly seen in animal shelters as well as strategies for their prevention and control.

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Lifesaving Intake Protocols and Preventive Health Care Strategies

Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, MAJuly 2012

Intake procedures and ongoing activities designed to protect shelter animal health and wellness.

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Metrics as a Tool for Disease Management

Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDJuly 2012

Metrics are essential to monitoring population health and evaluating the effectiveness of changes in protocols and management strategies.

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Metrics as a Tool for Managing Infectious Disease in the Shelter

Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDJuly 2012

Population management involves the integration of disease recording as it occurs, and the calculation and monitoring of key disease metrics over time.

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Panleukopenia and Parvovirus: Updates, Diagnostic Testing and Management of Outbreaks

Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, MAJuly 2012

Dr. Berliner shares relevant updates on panleukopenia and parvovirus, a description of diagnostic tests that are available, and recommendations regarding management of such diseases in the shelter environment.

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Behavior Modification in the Shelter: When and How

Kelley Bollen, MS, CABCJuly 2012

This talk assists shelters with the identification of animals and situations where behavior modification has the opportunity to produce positive results.

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Don’t Be a Fomite! Principles of Disease Transmission in Shelters

Erin Henry, VMDJuly 2012

Animal shelters can be a breeding ground for infectious diseases. Dr. Erin Henry shares common methods by which diseases are spread through a shelter.

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Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters

Sandra Newbury, DVMJuly 2012

Dr. Sandra Newbury reviews these ground-breaking guidelines which are based on the "Five Freedoms” and are designed to achieve outcomes that protect the health and well-being of sheltered animals regardless of the mission of the organization.

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Housing for Health and Wellness

Sandra Newbury, DVMJuly 2012

Animal housing and environmental specifications that consider the physical and psychological well-being of animals in shelters.

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How Clean is

Natalie Lowry, DVMJuly 2012

Effective cleaning and disinfection practices that can result in an improvement in infectious disease control and an increase in lifesaving.

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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.

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The Association of Shelter Veterinarians Veterinary Medical Care Guidelines for Spay-Neuter Programs

July 2008

In an effort to ensure a consistent level of care among spay/neuter programs throughout the country, the Association of Shelter Veterinarians convened a task force of veterinarians to develop veterinary medical care guidelines for spay-neuter programs.

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Making the Case for a Paradigm Shift in Community Cat Management, Part One

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVMJune 2013

Are common cat sheltering and animal control policies helping cats? Are they humane? Effective? Not according to Dr. Kate Hurley, Director of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program. 

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Community Pet Adoption Partnerships Survey Results: Stray Kitten Scenario

June 2015

During the Summer of 2014, Maddie’s Institute® conducted a survey to assess strategies that may prevent animals from entering shelter facilities. One such strategy involves asking community members who bring in kittens to care for them until organizational resources are available or they are old enough to be placed for adoption.  This report addresses the extent to which organizations encourage community member care, the frequency of community members who elect to provide care, how organizational resources link to involvement and more.

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What to Do About Ear Problems in Shelter and Foster Home Dogs

Karen Moriello, DVM, DACVDJune 2015

Itching, pain and infection in the ears can be a major hindrance to finding a home for a shelter or fostered dog. That's because the suffering these symptoms cause can affect a dog's personality, as well as raise concern in potential adopters about the difficulty of treating ear problems. Resolving the condition, however, can be difficult for shelters and rescue groups, too. What can they do to help these dogs?

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Maddies Fund on Statistics

Rich AvanzinoJune 2011

Without accurate, transparent statistics, it's impossible to come up with solutions for problems, to define success, or to recognize failure.

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An Insider's Guide to Working with the Media, Part Two

Christie KeithJune 2010

Tips from pet columnist and blogger Christie Keith on pitching bloggers, podcasters and web-only publications.

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Sherri Franklin: Fairy Godmother to Senior Dogs

June 2010

Sherri founded Muttville, an organization devoted to finding homes for senior canines, and in just three years, has placed nearly 700 dogs.

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Stopping the Scales, Greasiness and Odor of Seborrhea in Shelter and Foster Home Dogs

Karen Moriello, DVM, DACVDMay 2015

Seborrhea in dogs can be caused by underlying skin disease or by a primary skin defect. While not life-threatening, the odor and appearance can make it very difficult to find a home for even the friendliest, most appealing dog. What can shelters and foster homes do to resolve this condition in dogs they're caring for?

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Your Secret Feline Decoder Ring: Feline Behavior Assessments

Susan B. Krebsbach, DVMMay 2012

What if every cat who entered your shelter had a little decoder ring that would let you know what her personality is like, what stresses her out the most, what doesn't bother her, and what type of future living situation will be just right for her?

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Maddie's Pet Adoption Days 2014 Adopter Survey Results

May 2015

In December 2014, Maddie’s Fund conducted an online survey that asked adopters who participated in the 2014 Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days Event about the pet they adopted, the organization they adopted from and their event experience. Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days has supported the adoptions of more than 31,000 homeless dogs and cats since the program’s inception in 2010.

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Social Media: 6 New Things Animal Organizations Need to Know

Christie Keith May 2014

Social media is an incredibly powerful tool for getting pets adopted, as well as for growing an adoption organization's pool of donors, volunteers and foster homes. But as social media has grown in power, it's also become more complex and specialized, with changes and new platforms emerging almost daily.

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What Animal Shelters Need to Know About the Canine Influenza Outbreak

Sandra Newbury, DVMMay 2015

No one in animal welfare or veterinary medicine can have missed the news about the outbreak of a new strain of canine influenza that hit Chicago and nearby communities in the last month. This is the first time this strain of the disease has been identified in the United States.

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The Million Cat Challenge: The 5 Key Initiatives That Make it Work – and How They Can Work for Your Organization!

May 2015

The Million Cat Challenge is aiming to help shelters save the lives of 1 million more cats. In our recent webcast with Challenge founders Dr. Julie Levy and Dr. Kate Hurley, the feedback was loud and clear: You want more! Specifically, you want to know more about the approaches that have worked in shelters, and how you can implement them in yours.

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Removing Barriers to Adoption: How Evidence, Innovation and Compassion Grow Pet Adoptions

Cynthia D. Delany and Kelly LeeMay 2015

Because people in animal welfare often see terrible things befall pets, and because of genuine concern for the animals, we’ve sometimes gone overboard in terms of regulating, requiring, constraining, screening and even getting in the way of successful adoptions.

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Treating Heartworm Disease in Shelter Dogs: 500+ Cases (and Counting!)

Natalie Isaza, DVMMay 2014

A diagnosis of heartworm infection in shelter dogs at municipal animal control facilities can be devastating, and most animals with this disease are euthanized. Not many animal shelters or rescue groups can afford the expense of heartworm treatment, and if they can, may be unable to hold an animal through the entire treatment protocol.

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Vet to Vet: Secnidazole Treatment for Giardiasis

Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhDMay 2014

The use of Secnidazole to treat cats and dogs with giardia infections.

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Vet to Vet: Serial FIV Serological Results in Cohabiting FIV-Positive and FIV-Negative Cats

Annette Litster, BVSc, PhD, MMedSciMay 2014

Research, risk management and modes of transmission regarding cohabitating FIV-positive and FIV-negative cats.

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Vet to Vet: Ponazuril Protocols for Shelters

Staci Cannon, DVMMay 2014

Research on the use of ponazuril for the treatment of coccidiosis in cats and dogs.

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Vet to Vet: Efficacy of Synthetic Feline Interdigital Semiochemical (FIS)

Katherine Polak, DVM, MPH, MS, DACVPMMay 2014

Discussion of research on the efficacy of synthetic FIS, or feline interdigital semiochemicals, which may be useful as a preventative measure for inappropriate scratching behavior.

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Shelter Veterinarian Takes on Challenge at Beleaguered Texas Animal Control Agency

May 2013

Former shelter medicine resident Dr. Cate McManus is using her expertise to help change the management practices at a municipal animal control facility and double the shelter’s live release rate.

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How to Sell Policymakers on Fee-Waived Adoption

Jeannette PetersMay 2013

It’s been proven that free pet adoptions save lives, but some communities prohibit the practice. Animal advocates in Alachua County, Florida persuaded their County Commissioners to change their restrictive policy with patience, personal relationships, research and statistics.

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Free to Roam: A Small City's New Policy that Saves Feline Lives and Tax Payer Money

May 2013

Healthy community cats are no longer accepted at the municipal animal shelter in Chico, California, and the change has led to more lives – and dollars – saved.

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Pet Adoption Events at Shopping Centers: Everybody Wins

Carrie Williams, Director, Marketing and Business Development, Stoneridge Shopping CenterMay 2012

With an adoption event at a busy shopping center you could have thousands of potential adopters walk by your available pets in a single day. Find out who to contact, what to say, what you’ll need and when to make the approach.

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One Good Story Can Raise Funds to Save Lives

Bonney BrownMay 2012

Bonney Brown, Executive Director of the Nevada Humane Society, capitalizes on the stories of special needs animals to find the pets homes, underwrite their care, pay for the rehabilitation of nearly all the treatable dogs and cats in the shelter, and generate more awareness and financial support for the entire organization.

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What You Don’t Know About Lost Pets Can Hurt Them

Kathy AlbrechtMay 2012

Want to find a lost pet? Whether you’re a shelter worker trying to help a guardian find a missing pet or you’ve lost a pet yourself, the first step to successfully locating a lost pet is to understand how they behave.

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Three Paws Down and They Are Out the Door – Lessons Learned to Treat the Treatables and Increase Your Lifesaving Efforts

Barbara Hanek, DVMMay 2012

It's great to talk about treating the treatables, but where do you start? What does it mean on a day to day, or even hour to hour, basis? Find out how Dr. Barbara Hanek, Director of Shelter Medicine for PAWS Chicago, has used common sense, dedication, and team work to get some of the community's sickest, most vulnerable pets healthy and into loving homes.

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Successfully Marketing Treatable Dogs and Cats

Bonney BrownMay 2012

Nevada Humane Society Director, Bonney Brown, tells you about using everything but the kitchen sink to creatively market harder-to-place pets at the 2012 HSUS Animal Care EXPO. (On second thought, maybe she mentions the kitchen sink, too.) You'll have your local news media eating out of your hands - we guarantee it!

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Crisis Care Management – 43 Puppies with Parvo Saved!

Barbara Hanek, DVMMay 2012

Dealing with Parvo, a deadly and highly contagious virus, is scary – especially in an animal shelter with the continual influx of vulnerable animals. Watch this clip taken from Dr. Hanek’s presentation at HSUS’ EXPO 2012 and hear how PAWS Chicago managed a crisis of 43 puppies with parvovirus – at the same time!

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Getting to the Treatables

Barbara CarrMay 2012

There is nothing like actually doing something to convince you that it can be done! That's what Erie County, New York, found out when they set out to save all their community's treatable pets, and saved 65 percent of them in a single year. Cats with chronic urinary tract infections, pets with diabetes - and yes, a paraplegic pit bull. They did it, and so can you.

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Saving Lives with Behavior Modification: It's Easier and Cheaper than you Think!

Sheila Segurson D'Arpino, DVM, DACVBMay 2012

Think you can't afford to treat the behavior problems of dogs in your shelter? Think it's too difficult and time-consuming? Think you don't have the staff or the space to work with these kinds of issues? Sheila Segurson d'Arpino, DVM, DACVB, Senior Applied Animal Behaviorist for the Center for Shelter Dogs in Boston, walks you through easy, cost-effective methods that have saved thousands of animal lives.

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Saving Treatable Pets - From Skeptic to Believer

Barbara CarrMay 2011

There's nothing like actually doing something to convince you that it can be done! That's what Erie County, New York, found out when they set out to save all their community's treatable pets, and saved 65 percent of them in a single year. Cats with chronic urinary tract infections, pets with diabetes – and yes, a paraplegic pit bull. They did it, and so can you.

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Marketing Treatable Pets - Every Creature Has a Story

Bonney BrownMay 2011

Get the scoop on using everything but the kitchen sink to creatively market harder-to-place pets. (On second thought, maybe you'll be using the kitchen sink, too.) You'll have your local news media eating out of your hands – we guarantee it!

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Providing Behavioral Care for Treatable Dogs and Cats - Easier and Cheaper Than You Think

Sheila Segurson D'Arpino, DVM, DACVBMay 2011

Think you can't afford to treat the behavior problems of dogs and cats in your shelter? Think it's too difficult and time-consuming? Dr. D'Arpino walks through easy, cost-effective methods that have saved thousands of animal lives.

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The Nuts and Bolts of Treating the Treatables

Barbara Hanek, DVMMay 2011

It's great to talk about "treating the treatables," but where do you start? What does it mean on a day by day, or even hour by hour, basis? Find out how one shelter medicine director has used common sense, dedication, and team work to get some of the community's sickest, most vulnerable pets healthy and into loving homes.

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Beating Ringworm in Shelter Cats: Yes, You Can

May 2011

Find out how the Dane County Humane Society’s cutting edge ringworm protocols are leading the way to positive outcomes.

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Bully for You!

May 2011

Special events are significantly increasing pit bull adoptions in Erie County, New York.

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Vaccination at Admission

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Jan Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDMay 2010

One of the most valuable and cost-effective tools every shelter has to prevent outbreaks of disease in their facility is to vaccinate all animals immediately upon admission. Find out why.

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Thoughts on Preventing Disease Outbreak

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Jan Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDMay 2010

Disease outbreaks can threaten the lives of every animal in a shelter. Is there a solution? Common mistakes can be avoided. This video discusses some of the proven procedures that help maintain a good wellness program.

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The Next Challenge: Sustaining No-Kill Communities

Abigail Smith, Jane HoffmanMay 2010

What do New York City and Tompkins County, New York have in common? While very different in size and demographic, each of these no-kill and adoption guarantee communities has met their unique challenges and is working to create sustainable systems for the future.

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Providing for Community Cats

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM and Jan Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDMay 2010

It's been estimated there are as many as 40 million feral and free-roaming cats in the US. Find out how shelters can help protect those cats and reduce the strain on a shelter's housing and resources at the same time.

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Moving to Adoption Guarantee

Robin Robertson StarrMay 2010

For a successful transition to adoption guarantee sheltering, start with strategic planning. Lay out a philosophy and be true to it. Incorporate the community and always ignore the naysayers.

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Know Your Capacity for Humane Care

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM and Jan Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDMay 2010

It's tempting to admit more animals than shelters can reasonably care for. After all, there are so many animals in the community that need help. Yet most shelters face limitations of space, staffing and financial resources. To help you face this challenge, our experts share methods for creating faster flow-through in the shelter - and ultimately save more lives.

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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.

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Extreme Make-Over Shelter Edition

Mike FryMay 2010

Mike Fry, the Executive Director of Animal Ark, in Hastings, Minnesota, shares with listeners what you can do to rebuild an animal shelter with a budget of zero, a group of 6 people and 24 hours.

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How Shelter Medicine is Helping Create a No-Kill Nation

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIMMay 2010

Veterinarians specializing in shelter medicine are solving puzzles as complicated as controlling fatal disease outbreaks to devising simple practices to control stress and promote welfare. Find out how shelter medicine programs can help you reach your life-saving goals.

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Increasing Pet Adoptions

Bonney BrownMay 2010

Perhaps no organization markets their pets better than the Nevada Humane Society. How? By setting goals and celebrating successes, by making it easy for people to fall in love with a shelter pet, and by getting the word out and the adopters in to the shelter. Don't miss the 32 adoption promotions highlighted in this presentation.

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Elements of a Model Shelter Medicine Program

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM and Jan Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDMay 2010

If your shelter isn't well-managed, there will be disease. Find out why good shelter medicine depends on understanding the role played by every single person who comes in contact with each shelter pet.

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Control of Infectious Disease

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM and Jan Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDMay 2010

One of the goals of a good shelter medicine program is to stay on top of new knowledge about animal health, and to share that knowledge with staff and volunteers. Learn what important steps you need to take to prevent disease transmission in shelters.

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Cleaning and Disinfection

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM and Jan Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDMay 2010

It's essential for shelter managers to develop good written cleaning and disinfection protocols and to train staff to adopt these procedures. Here are essential steps to take to ensure proper sanitation.

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Building a No-Kill Community

Suzanne KogutMay 2010

The path to no-kill is riddled with obstacles. Perhaps none are more difficult than your organization's own Board, staff and volunteers. Listen to the Charlottesville-Albermarle SPCA’s story.

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Busting the Warehousing Myth

Jan Scarlett, DVMMay 2010

Effective, ethical animal welfare organizations maximize the health and well-being of their shelter populations through good shelter medicine practices, robust foster and adoption programs, and creative marketing - all designed to get dogs and cats in and out of the shelter in a matter of days. Learn how it's done from some of the nation's most successful and resourceful leaders.

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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.

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Return to Field: Animal Shelters and a New Approach to Healthy Unowned Cats

Scott TrebatoskiApril 2015

What can animal shelters do about healthy unowned cats in their community? One new concept increasingly gaining ground is that, as long as the cats are thriving, the most compassionate, lifesaving approach is to sterilize them, vaccinate them, ear-tip them and return them where they were found.

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Update on FIV: What Every Shelter Needs to Know

Annette Litster, BVSc, PhD, MMedSciApril 2013

There is new information about FIV that can help shelters diagnose, treat and care for cats who test positive for the virus. Dr. Annette Litster, Director of Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses her 5-year study which follows 89 pairs of age and sex-matched cats; each pair is composed of one FIV-positive cat and one FIV-negative cat.

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Managed Admission: Giving Shelter Cats Their Best Chance at a Great Outcome

Barbara Carr and Kathie JohnsonApril 2015

Not every cat who is presented to a shelter for relinquishment is in need of immediate admission. In many cases, simply knowing that help is available and the shelter can take the cat in the near future is enough to allow the community member to opt for an appointment down the road, when his or her cat can be better cared-for by the shelter. In some cases, supportive management may buy the owner enough breathing room that the cat ends up being able to remain in the current home after all.

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Alternatives to Intake: When the Shelter Isn’t the Answer

Wiley Stem, IIIApril 2015

What if your city wanted to stop euthanizing community cats in the shelter, and decided to try something bold? And what if all the animal control officers, rescue groups and community members came together to make it work?

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A Protocoled Response to Dog and Cat Diarrhea in a Shelter Setting

Ellen Jefferson, DVM, Executive Director, Austin Pets Alive!April 2014

Every life is precious, but that doesn't mean the concept of "herd health" shouldn't be a guiding principle of the shelter veterinarian. Dr. Ellen Jefferson, whose data-driven approach has helped make Austin, TX, the largest no-kill community in the nation, shows how blanket protocols and procedures give most shelter dogs and cats the best chance to avoid, or recover quickly from diarrhea.

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Caring for Orphaned Kittens: A How-To Guide for Shelters

Laurie Peek, DVMApril 2013

Based on years of personal experience, Maddie's Fund Director of Veterinary Programs Laurie Peek, DVM, provides a step-by-step guide to caring for orphaned kittens, including how to recognize, avoid and respond to the most common threats they face.

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From Helpless Newborn to Skilled Acrobat: Feline Development and the Orphaned Kitten

Susan Krebsbach, DVMApril 2013

Kittens may start out tiny and helpless, but they rapidly develop into some of nature's most agile and active creatures. Making sure they grow up with their social and behavioral needs met is as important as making sure their physical needs are fulfilled, says Susan Krebsbach, DVM.

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Shelters Embrace New Model for Saving Orphaned Kittens

April 2013

The Jacksonville Humane Society in Jacksonville, FL, and California's San Diego Humane Society and SPCA talk about the emerging model of operating kitten nurseries to provide round-the-clock care for kittens in a shelter environment.

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Orphaned Kitten Care - How to Videos

Laurie Peek, DVM and Heidi Beyer, CVTApril 2013

These short videos will provide essential care instructions for orphaned kittens. Whether you are a seasoned foster parent or just getting started saving these orphaned baby lives, these videos will guide you through the basics.

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Slideshow: Happy Endings for Orphaned Kittens

April 2013

Nothing makes the sleepless nights and anxiety worth it to a kitten caregiver like seeing their little charges grow up and get adopted. Check out this slideshow documenting the steps from the earliest days to the happily-ever-afters!

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Antibody Titer Tests

Annette Litster, BVSc, PhD, MMedSci, Fellow ACVSCApril 2012

Dr. Annette Litster, Director of Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at Purdue University, talks about the use of antibody titer tests in animal shelters.

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Insights on Treating URI in Animal Shelters

Annette Litster, BVSc, PhD, MMedSci, Fellow ACVSCApril 2012

Dr. Annette Litster, Director of Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at Purdue University, talks about her latest research findings on treating upper respiratory infection in dogs and cats in animal shelters. Her research was conducted at PAWS Chicago.

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Proper Handling and Use of Vaccines in Animal Shelters

Brian A. DiGangi, DVM, MS, DABVPApril 2012

Given the existence of vaccinations for the most common shelter diseases, why do outbreaks still happen? There are many reasons, but one is that vaccines are sometimes less effective simply because they’re not stored, transported, or handled properly.

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Redefining Vaccination on Intake

April 2012

Can most infectious disease outbreaks in shelters be halted with just a small change in when animals are being vaccinated? Yes, say leading shelter medicine experts - an opinion borne out by the experiences of shelters that have begun aggressively redefining the idea of "vaccination on intake."

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Using Antibody Titer Tests to Fight Disease Outbreaks in Animal Shelters

April 2012

Would it make a difference at your shelter if you could know within half an hour of admission whether a cat or dog was already immune to parvo, distemper, or panleukopenia? Thanks to the introduction of on-site antibody titer tests, that's not a hypothetical question. In research on antibody titer tests in shelter environments conducted at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, the University of Florida, and Purdue University with funding by Maddie's Fund, these tests have proven to save lives and resources both in preventing and responding to disease outbreaks.

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Dr. Barbara Hanek's Incredible Journey: A Shelter Medicine Veterinarian Tells Her Story

April 2011

A look at how a Chicago veterinarian made the change from private practice to shelter medicine – and why she'll never go back!

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An Insider's Guide to Working with the Media, Part Three: Getting it Right

Christie KeithApril 2011

Nationally recognized pet journalist and blogger, Christie Keith, shows how to get your organization acknowledged by the media.

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An Insider's Guide to Working with the Media, Part One

Christie KeithApril 2010

Pet columnist and blogger, Christie Keith, provides an overview of the basics - finding the right media people, building relationships with them, and writing ledes and press releases.

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Orphaned Kittens

Ellen Jefferson, DVM and Heidi Beyer, CVTMarch 2013

In this two-part webcast, Dr. Jefferson discusses her organization's kitten nursery and foster-based care program while Heidi Beyer, CVT, gives foster caregivers a leg up with practical tips for orphaned kitten care.

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Assessing Your Community to Save More Animals' Lives

Bonney BrownMarch 2015

Do you know what's needed to save the lives of more animals in your community? The answer to that question begins with understanding what already exists in terms of resources, as well as the major issues facing homeless pets in your area and the people who work to help them.

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In One Door and Out the Other: Practical Flow-Through Planning for Animal Shelters

Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, MAMarch 2012

Ever wish you had a road map to saving more lives in your shelter? Gathering and understanding data will provide you with exactly that. Please join Maddie's InstituteSM and Drs. Jan Scarlett and Elizabeth Berliner for a special two-part webcast series on using data to save lives.

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Critical Care of the Sick Neonatal Kitten

Elizabeth J. Thomovsky, MS, DVM, DACVECC March 2014

Neonatal kittens' lives are fragile under the best of circumstances, and that fragility increases when they are orphaned or sick. How can shelter veterinarians, and those working with kitten nursery programs or rescue groups, provide the best care for this population?

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Magical Metrics and Dazzling Data: How Medical Fact-Finding Guides Shelters to Improved Animal Health

Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDMarch 2012

Ever wish you had a road map to saving more lives in your shelter? Gathering and understanding data will provide you with exactly that. In part-one, Dr. Jan Scarlett, Director of Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses the collection and use of medical data in animal shelters, and how this can significantly improve the health of individual animals and the shelter population.

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Reducing Shelter Admissions with an Animal Help Desk

Bonney Brown, Executive Director, Nevada Humane SocietyMarch 2013

Sixty percent of the callers who wanted to surrender one or more pets were convinced to try alternatives as a result of Nevada Humane Society’s free Animal Help Desk.

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Cats by Appointment Only

Barbara CarrMarch 2013

The SPCA Serving Erie County has dramatically reduced cat admissions and eliminated overcrowding and severe disease outbreaks with its cats by appointment policy – worries about an angry public, bad press and an increase in cat abandonment haven't materialized.

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The Shelter Pet Project's Greatest Hits

March 2012

Get some great tips and look at some hilarious examples of clever and effective pet adoption listings for websites or Facebook pages.

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Using Data to Make Austin a No-Kill City

Ellen Jefferson, DVMMarch 2012

Today, Austin has a save rate of 91%. That wasn’t the case just four years ago when 44% of the animals coming into the Austin Animal Center were losing their lives. Dr. Ellen Jefferson recounts how she used the shelter’s data to figure out bottlenecks in the system and develop and fine-tune programs to fill in the gaps.

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Expanding Lifesaving in Spite of Slashed Budgets

Rich AvanzinoMarch 2012

The economic crisis in America has forced animal shelters to look at options they might not have considered in the past. In this provocative video, Maddie's Fund president Rich Avanzino asks "What if?" animal control agencies were to no longer take community cats or owner surrenders if they are at capacity - an idea that if carried out, could radically save lives.

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Sanitation to Save Lives

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVMMarch 2012

Dr. Hurley discusses sanitation in animal shelters at Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation's 8th annual The Business of Saving Lives conference.

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How to Stop Itching in Shelters and Foster Homes Cats

Karen Moriello, DVM, DACVDFebruary 2015

Itching is a major reason cats get taken to the veterinarian. While there's no one underlying cause of itching in cats, getting to the bottom of the condition is particularly important due to the overlap in symptoms between contagious and non-contagious infections that may cause itching. How can shelters and rescue groups, with their limited resources, diagnose, treat and prevent this skin disease?

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Getting Big Dogs Out of the Shelter via Canine Good Citizen Training

Marian Cannell and Amy LewisFebruary 2015

Through a partnership with Best Friends Animal Society, Austin Pets Alive! embarked on a six-month pilot program to test the effectiveness of Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Training on adoption rates.  The results have been very good and show a clear adoption rate difference between dogs who undergo training and those who don’t. 

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Saving All the Little Dogs: Small Dog Behavior Issues

Faith Wright and Deaven WilsonFebruary 2015

Do you know how many small breed dogs are euthanized in your community shelter?  In Austin, Texas in 2008, it was many more than would have been expected (roughly 500).   Do you know that nearly ALL of them can be saved and although many are marked "aggressive”, they rarely are?

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Saving Parvo Positive Pups

Katie Kresek and Alexis Bardzinksi, DVMFebruary 2015

Parvovirus is a major killer of dogs and puppies in shelters.  Austin Pets Alive! built the first parvo ward that actively takes parvo-positive dogs from the community and other shelters for treatment and then placement.

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Effective Dog Marketing for Adoption

Elizabeth Doyle and Summer HugginsFebruary 2015

Marketing dogs, especially hard-to-place dogs, is an art form as well as a systematic process. Learn how to create a winning system utilizing a volunteer force, as well as how to write effectively about those dogs to get adoption applications coming in.

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High Volume Dog Adoptions 1.0: Off Site and Start Up

Lexy BongeFebruary 2015

Discover everything there is to know about organizing an offsite adoption program including set-up, site preparation to prevent disease, handling the dogs with one person manning the site and breakdown - all in one day.

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High Volume Dog Adoptions 2.0: Multiple Avenues with a Shelter as a Home Base

Lexy Bonge & Deaven WilsonFebruary 2015

As an organization grows, the complexity of operations grows too.  Adoptions are the #1 objective in a no-kill city and Austin Pets Alive! (APA) still saves the dogs most at risk for euthanasia. As more and more dogs are saved by the city shelter and the community, the pool of dogs still in need gets more and more narrow and eventually is mostly comprised of adult (or teenager) large breed dogs with generally poor manners and a lot of energy.

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Engaging the Community & Increasing Quality of Life through Rufftail Runners

Rob Hill and Lindsay MarshFebruary 2015

Learn how a local running group teamed up with a local sportswear store to encourage people to get shelter dogs out on the trail for some fresh air and exercise. The result has seen better-adjusted and healthier dogs who are that much more ready for adoption.

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Medical Treatment for Cats on a Shoestring Budget

Ellen Jefferson, DVM, and Jordana MoerbeFebruary 2015

Austin Pets Alive! Medical Clinic treats thousands of cats a year, many who are straight off of the euthanasia list because of medical conditions such as feline leukemia, FIV, renal disease, hepatic lipidosis, skin problems, viral diseases, and trauma. They save them all and this session is about how they do it.

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Creating and Growing a Successful Cat Foster Program

Ashley FerryFebruary 2015

Fosters often mean the difference between life and death for cats in the shelter. They are essential in addressing overcrowding issues, shelter behavior problems and providing personalized care for medical conditions.

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Austin Animal Services Stray Cat Return Program

February 2015

Learn about the Austin’s progressive program that returns community cats who enter the city shelter as strays back to their environment after spay/neuter.  This workshop will give you the details of the program from intake to release.  

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Rescuing Cats from the Euthanasia List

Frances Flower, PhDFebruary 2015

Learn how to create a sustainable rescue program that relies solely on volunteers to assess cats on the euthanasia list and save the most lives it can that are out of other options for a live outcome. 

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Fighting Fungus: How to Build a Treatment Program for Cats with Ringworm

Brittany Dell'Aglio-MitchellFebruary 2015

Tens of thousands of cats are euthanized each year solely because they have been diagnosed with ringworm, a highly contagious but highly treatable skin infection about as serious as Athlete’s Foot. Learn how to set up a ward where affected kitties can be isolated from other animal populations and treated until they are cleared of the disease and ready for adoption. 

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How to Create a Successful Barn Cat Program

Monica FrendenFebruary 2015

Often overlooked for rescue, feral and fractious cats can be saved through a progressive Barn Placement Program and given a new lease on life as working cats. Learn how to start a barn program from scratch.

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DIY: Building a Nice Cattery on a Shoestring

Bruce Walker, PhD and Bob BreezeFebruary 2015

Desperate for cat adoption facilities but not enough funds to get a building?  Build out "habitats” in your local pet store or vet clinic!

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How to Start and Grow a Large Bottle Baby Program in Your Community, Part 1

Casandra MensingFebruary 2015

In this is a two-part presentation, you’ll learn how to start and build a bottle baby nursery, plus how to create a foster network for neonates. In Part 1, Casandra Mensing will share her experience running APA!’s Nursery, from its meager beginnings to the groundbreaking phenomenon that it is today.

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How to Start and Grow a Large Bottle Baby Program Part 2

Rachel Sherinian February 2015

In this is a two-part presentation, you’ll learn how to start and build a bottle baby nursery, plus how to create a foster network for neonates. In Part 2, Rachel Sherinian will focus In finding, training, and retaining specialized foster families for kittens, whether you have a nursery or not. 

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Taking Troubled Tabbies from Naughty to Nice

Sara Cookson and Kristin Hill February 2015

Every rescue encounters troubled cats with issues that go beyond tortitude. The Austin Pet’s Alive! Cat Behavior Team will teach you how to prevent behavior problems before they start.

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Cat Marketing

Ashley FerryFebruary 2015

There is no more powerful way to get cats adopted than through good marketing.  Austin Pets Alive! Cat Marketing Team discusses how to save cats by increasing their chances of adoption. 

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FeLV Without Fear

Steve Okino February 2015

Too often, routine euthanasia is the prescription for cats with the Feline Leukemia Virus. That’s changing.

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Cat Adoptions 2.0 High Volume Cat Adoptions

Monica FrendenFebruary 2015

Too many cats, not enough adopters? Supersize your cat adoption program! In this Level 2 seminar, you'll learn how to manage a population of hundreds of cats in varying stages of your organization.

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Volunteer 1.0: Volunteer Recruitment and Engagement

Gerri KapplerFebruary 2015

Austin Pets Alive! is well known for its huge volunteer force (over 2,000 hours per week). But in 2008 APA! started with no funds for staff and relied solely on volunteers to do everything related to saving lives and building a huge organization. How did they do it? 

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Marketing 2.0

Diane BlankenburgFebruary 2015

How do you get name recognition on a limited budget? What image do you want to create? What puts you on the map? What is the purpose of your marketing materials?

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Fundraising 1.0: Grass Roots Fundraising

Lindy Hardin and Katy BryantFebruary 2015

San Antonio Pets Alive! started in 2012 with some financial help, but the organization had to quickly get on its feet to raise the rest of the funds needed to save 5,000 animals.  The presenters share what they did to hit the ground running, what worked, what didn’t work as well as expected and how to divide and conquer.  

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Fundraising 2.0: From Grass Roots to a Multi-Million Dollar Organization

Diane BlankenburgFebruary 2015

Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) started off as a very grassroots organization, raising every dollar through word of mouth.  Five years later, APA! has grown and the needs of fundraising have, too.  This presentation addresses how to plan for bigger funds.

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The Value of Teamwork: Shelter Managers, Staff and Volunteers

Michael and Pam Kitkoski February 2015

Volunteers are a necessity for rescue and shelter organizations working to achieve no-kill. Volunteers must be treated as partners, offering meaningful work and appropriate autonomy. But even in an atmosphere of mutual accountability, conflicts with both staff and volunteers can arise.

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Why Creative Writing is Essential to Saving Lives

Elizabeth DoyleFebruary 2015

Learn how to get more pets adopted through better marketing and advertising using online venues and volunteer photographers.

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Data: Why It Is Critical to Success and How To Keep Up with It

Lindsay O'GanFebruary 2015

Believe it or not, data is the cornerstone of a healthy organization. Learn how Austin Pets Alive! keeps so many moving pieces in communication through end-of -day reporting, overnight data entry and checks and balances.

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Facebook for Beginners

Melissa MillerFebruary 2015

This session focuses on the basic concepts of Facebook and how you can best use the social media channel to save more animals in your shelter or rescue. 

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Twitter for Beginners

Melissa MillerFebruary 2015

This session focuses on the basic concepts of Twitter and how you can best use the social media channel to save more animals in your shelter or rescue. 

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Creating and Keeping a Stellar Lifesaving Team

Marc PeraltaFebruary 2015

Working together is the only way to achieve our lifesaving goals. This seminar concentrates on how to build and maintain a successful team focused on the techniques that result in successful high-volume adoptions.

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How to Keep Your Newsletters Out of the Spam Folder

Amy StarnesFebruary 2015

Email management and marketing is much more than simply opening a free Gmail account. You need a strategy and an email marketing platform. 

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Exceeding Customer Service Expectations in Relation to Adoptions

Marc PeraltaFebruary 2015

Are doing all you can to help increase the number of animal lives saved? This seminar focuses on the impact of exceptional customer service.

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The Adoptline Team: Virtual Frontline of Austin Pets Alive

Patty Lepley Alexander and Gerri KapplerFebruary 2015

Austin Pets Alive!’s (APA) Adoptline Response Team provides email and phone mail responses to inquiries 365 days a year, 14 hours a day and has been critical in increasing APA's adoptions.

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Revolution Relay: Passing the Baton to the Next Generation of Advocates

Becky RobinsonFebruary 2015

As Alley Cat Allies celebrates its 25th anniversary, Ms. Robinson reflects on the past quarter of a century. Where we were, what we have accomplished and what is yet to be achieved by the next generation! Come celebrate the rescued animals and advocacy accomplishments of the past while we also set our sights on the future.

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No-Kill Political Advocacy

Ryan ClintonFebruary 2015

Learn how animal advocates in Austin, Texas, put no-kill on the City's public-policy agenda, and how you can do the same for your community.  Topics include writing press releases, strategies for communicating with public officials, learning how to handle opposition and spreading your lifesaving message.

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Achieving and Sustaining No-kill in a Medium-sized, Open Admission Shelter

Cheryl SchneiderFebruary 2015

Learn how Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter in Texas, an open admission shelter, started on their path to no-kill and how they continue to achieve a high save rate every month.

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Companion Animal Legislation

Ryan ClintonFebruary 2015

Passing well-crafted legislation can be a key way to change the world for companion animals.  This session covers municipal and state-focused legislative topics including rescue-access laws, city No Kill mandates, banning the gas chambers and regulating puppy mills.

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Holding Out for a Hero

Becky Robinson and Kayla ChristianoFebruary 2015

The movement to save cats has been gaining steam for 25 years and while TNR and other no-kill initiatives are in the news every day, it can still feel like your community isn’t changing at all. You’re angry and frustrated that your local shelter or animal control impounds and kills healthy animals and you wish someone would step in and fix it. After all, you’re only one person, right?

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The Little Shelter that Could...and DID!

Sgt. Karl BaileyFebruary 2015

Discover how Sgt. Karl Bailey, with a small staff and a group of committed volunteers, changed a high kill city shelter to no-kill in just 120 seconds - and with a budget of less than $30,000 per year!

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Beyond Labels: Advocating for all Dogs, with the Love-A-Bull Team - Part 1

Leala Ward-VinsonFebruary 2015

Take a look into the ways that advocacy on individual and community levels can have a positive impact on treating all dogs equally, eliminating breed-related stigmas, abolishing outdated policies and improving the chances for targeted breeds to find homes and their families access to resources.

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Beyond Labels: Advocating for all Dogs, with the Love-A-Bull Team - Part 2

Megan RansomFebruary 2015

Take a look into the ways that advocacy on individual and community levels can have a positive impact on treating all dogs equally, eliminating breed-related stigmas, abolishing outdated policies and improving the chances for targeted breeds to find homes and their families access to resources.

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Beyond Labels: Advocating for all Dogs, with the Love-A-Bull Team - Part 3

Lindsey OrtizFebruary 2015

Take a look into the ways that advocacy on individual and community levels can have a positive impact on treating all dogs equally, eliminating breed-related stigmas, abolishing outdated policies and improving the chances for targeted breeds to find homes and their families access to resources.

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Taking Different Paths to No-Kill

Michael and Pam KitkoskiFebruary 2015

Learn how Rockwall Pets has taken two municipal open-admission shelters to no-kill status in Rockwall County, TX. Each shelter required a different tactic. There's more than one way to get it done!

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No-Kill Kansas City

Brent ToellnerFebruary 2015

In 2011, the city of Kansas City, MO put out an RFP for private organizations to run the city shelter; a shelter with a long history of being a high-kill shelter. When the deadline for bids passed, there were no bidders to take on the project. So a small group of advocates used the city's 3-week extension to build a business plan to successfully bid on, and take over, the city shelter contract.

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The Bastrop Experience: The Road to Saving More Lives

Erica Thompson and Amanda SmithFebruary 2015

After a rough first year in 2012, the mostly rural Bastrop County Animal Services in Texas was well on the path to significantly increase their save-rate. Take a look at how they did it.

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The Law & Liability for Shelters & Rescues

Ryan ClintonFebruary 2015

Learn how shelters and rescue groups can implement strategies to limit their liability for saving lives.

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Creating and Sustaining a Dog Foster Network

Ann LindholmFebruary 2015

With a viable foster program it's possible to begin transforming your community to no-kill, even if you don't have a shelter. Learn how a one person position grew into a dog foster team of more than 35 volunteers. This team supports a network of over 1,000 approved foster parents.

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Foster Faster: Growing Your Dog Foster Program

Faith WrightFebruary 2015

Learn how to expand your foster program to save the even harder to place big dogs, often considered "the last 10%”.

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Medical Treatment for Dogs on a Shoestring Budget

Alexis Bardzinski, DVM, and Jordana EstradaFebruary 2015

Since Austin Pets Alive! takes almost any animal from the open intake city shelter, regardless of medical issue, we see many diseases in dogs.  We will talk through the worst one, Distemper, as well as others like broken bones, mange, upper respiratory infections, orthopedic issues and much more.

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Rescuing Dogs from the Euthanasia List

Palmer NeuhausFebruary 2015

Fifty percent of the dogs in Austin, Texas were dying in 2008 when Austin Pets Alive! began saving lives. The rescue team had merely one- to two-hours to go through the euthanasia list, choose animals and save them before their time was up. Learn how the rescue team evaluated and chose dogs.

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How to Stop Itching in Shelter and Foster Home Dogs

Karen Moriello, DVM, DACVDFebruary 2015

Itching is one of the number one reasons dogs visit veterinarians, and it plagues dogs in animal shelters and foster homes just as much. What can be done to give an affected dog some relief and get to the bottom of the underlying cause?

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Cracking the Infection Control Code: Using and Interpreting Diagnostic Tests to Control Infectious Diseases in Shelters

Ronald D. Schultz, MS, Ph.D., Diplomate, ACVMFebruary 2013

Many diagnostic tests can be of tremendous value in helping shelters prevent future outbreaks of infectious disease. Diagnostic testing can also save money and - most importantly - can save animal lives.

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Maddie's Pet Adoption Days 2013 Adopter Survey Results

February 2014

Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days is the nation's biggest free pet adoption event. Its purpose is to increase awareness of shelter animals, shed light on the tireless efforts of shelters and rescue organizations and find new families for homeless dogs and cats. We surveyed adopters about the pet they adopted, the adoption agency and the 2013 MPAD event.

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71% of Americans Favor No-Kill Editorial

Richard AvanzinoFebruary 2012

Maddie’s Fund President Rich Avanzino makes a compelling argument for transparency, and charges that the impulse for secrecy in animal welfare counters lifesaving progress.

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Data-Smata, Who Cares About Data?

Barbara Carr, Executive Director, SPCA Serving Erie County, NYFebruary 2012

Are you on the fence about the importance of publishing shelter data? Barbara Carr of the SPCA Serving Erie County in Buffalo, NY explains why she became a firm believer in revealing the good, bad and the ugly, and describes how transparency has helped her organization save more lives.

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Feline URI in Your Shelter? Have a 'Cats With Colds' Clearance!

February 2012

A great idea became a winning marketing tool at the Dane County Humane Society - and found new homes for cats with colds.

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Incorrect Breed Identification Costs Dogs Their Lives

February 2012

Can you be sure of the breed of dogs in your shelter? A recent study suggests that visual identification of breed is unreliable.

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Maddie's Lab Saves Seventeen Shelter Dogs

February 2011

Information on how to get free diagnostic testing to save pets' lives in shelters.

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Solving the Pit Bull Problem

February 2010

Even though 70 to 80% percent of the dogs at Berkeley Animal Care Services in Berkeley, California are pit bulls or pit bull mixes, the dogs are getting adopted. Read how the City of Berkeley does it - and how your community can, too.

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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!

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Maddie's Marketing Competition

February 2009

Scroll through winning competition entries for dozens of marketing ideas for hard to place pets.

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Shelter Crowd Control: Keeping Community Cats Out of Shelters Webcast

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIMJanuary 2012

Do you want to stop the tragic deaths of shelter cats, and cut your shelter's cat intake dramatically and almost overnight? Want to practice high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter and disease management on cats? How about learning how to get your community - including municipal government - on board with trap-neuter-return programs? Want evidence that such programs can actually work to reduce the population of community cats, prevent the spread of disease, and save resources and money for local shelters?

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Cytology in Clinical Practice

Tracy Stokol, BVSc, PhDJuly 2014

This presentation consists of a review of sample collection, smear preparation and staining of cytology samples. The lecture will conclude with instructions on general slide evaluation for common lesions diagnosed on cytology and clinical cases to practice your skills.

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Recognizing and Treating Common Dental Conditions in Dogs and Cats

Santiago Peralta, DVM, DAVDCJuly 2014

Dr. Peralta reviews the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of the most common dental diseases of dogs and cats and possible ways to implement adequate dental standards at shelters.

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Update on Chronic Stomatitis

Santiago Peralta, DVM, DAVDCJuly 2014

This presentation will review the current knowledge regarding the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of chronic stomatitis in cats. Possible recommendations on how to manage chronic stomatitis at a shelter will be discussed.

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Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD)

Stephanie Janeczko, DVM, MS, DABVP, CAWAJuly 2014

Infectious respiratory disease can be a significant challenge affecting the health of dogs in a shelter setting. This presentation provides an overview of the disease complex, discusses causative agents and diagnosis and treatment. Management and preventive strategies are emphasized.

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Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, MA, DABVPJuly 2014

FIP is a progressive, fatal disease that may develop in cats following infection with a coronavirus. This session will provide an overview of FIP, covering disease transmission, clinical signs and diagnosis, as well as providing an update on new research that may lead to improved diagnostic testing and treatment. Management and prevention of infection in shelter environments is emphasized.

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Hematology in the Emergency Setting: The Value of the Blood Smear Exam

Tracy Stokol, BVSc, PhDJuly 2014

This presentation focuses on the basics of the blood smear evaluation and will be followed by case examples. The main objective of the lecture is to demonstrate a systematic approach to examining a blood smear in order to gain valuable information for patient assessment and management in the emergency setting.

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Introducing the Million Cat Challenge - Webcast

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM and Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVMJanuary 2015

Every cat counts. That's the premise of the Million Cat Challenge, a joint campaign of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program and the Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida.

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Everything Shelters Need to Know About Canine Distemper

Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhDJanuary 2014

Canine distemper outbreaks are a fact of life in animal shelters across the country, and a frequent cause of loss of life for infected and exposed dogs.

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No-Kill Progress

Richard AvanzinoJanuary 2015

Maddie's Fund® believes we can reach the goal of a no-kill nation by 2015, and countless indicators strongly support the claim. The bond between people and companion animals has deepened. For those who can no longer keep a pet, many re-home a beloved pet themselves rather than depending on a shelter.

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The Role of Nutrition and Diet in Shelter Dog and Cat Diarrhea

January 2013

The prevalence of nutritional-caused diarrhea in shelter dogs and cats.

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Don't Run from Diarrhea: Easy Steps for the Prevention and Management of Diarrhea in Shelter Dogs and Cats

January 2013

Diarrhea is common in shelter cats and dogs, whether caused by stress, diet change, parasites or pathogens. While there are serious illnesses associated with diarrhea, in most cases, it's easily treatable and often at a very small cost. Dr. Barbara Hanek, Dr. Heather Budgin, and Dr. Elizabeth Berliner share their experience with beating diarrhea and their tips on how your organization can do the same.

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Feline Shelter Intake Reduction Program FAQs

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVM and Dr. Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIMJanuary 2013

Is it a good idea to stop admitting community cats into shelters? Yes, if admission equals death. That's the view of two of the nation’s acknowledged leaders on community cat health and policy, the University of Florida’s Julie Levy, DVM and UC Davis’ Kate Hurley, DVM.

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Common Ground: Shared Goals, Respect for Differences Boost Lifesaving for Portland Area Pets

Britta BavarescoJanuary 2013

The ten-member Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP) has been able to reduce euthanasia by 65% in 2006 and save every healthy shelter dog and cat in the Portland metro area, thanks to a shared commitment, trust, and lifesaving objective.

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Adoptable Ideas Part 3: Pit Bull Terriers and Mixes

January 2013

Do your Pits need some pizzazz? Looking for ways to give your bully breed dogs an image makeover? Need some tips on creative and successful strategies for finding homes for your Pit bulls, Pit mixes, and Pit-appearing dogs? Take a look at these ideas and resources.

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The ABCs of Treating Shelter Pet Diarrhea

Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, MAJanuary 2013

Dr. Elizabeth Berliner outlines the basics of treating shelter pet diarrhea.

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Will People Adopt a Pet with Diarrhea? You Bet!

January 2013

Think adopters can't handle diarrhea? Think again. We reached out to pet owners who adopted dogs and cats suffering from loose stool and digestive problems, and found that it didn't scare them off. In most cases, the pets responded quickly to the same basic treatment outlined by the experts we spoke to in this issue. In a few instances, the course was a little tougher, but these adopters stuck to it. Check out this slideshow with these happy endings!

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Expanding Lifesaving Despite Slashed Budgets Editorial

Rich Avanzino2012

Maddie's Fund President Rich Avanzino has some unexpected ideas on how to forge ahead with lifesaving progress when animal control budgets are cut.

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Humane Society Silicon Valley: Going the Extra Mile for Animals in Need

January 2011

Saving animals with treatable health and behavior conditions is the focus of this Northern California animal shelter.

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'Treating' Shelter Dogs: Healthy, Shelter-Friendly Treats for Our Canine Residents, Part 1

January 2011

The do’s and dont’s of giving treats to shelter dogs.

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Turning Cars into Cash

2011

A step by step plan for running a successful car donation program.

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Web-Based Educational Resource Survey Results

January 2011

We asked our funded partners and newsletter subscribers to complete an online survey regarding educational resources available on the web.

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Working the System

January 2010

Moving pets quickly from municipal shelters to adoption partners and into new homes has helped increase lifesaving in New York City from 37% in 2003 to 74% in 2009.

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When the Adopters Show Up, Will Your Shelter Be Ready?

2009

The Shelter Pet Project advertising campaign may put shelter customer service to the test.

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The Rapid Rise of Shelter Medicine

Laurie Peek, DVM2009

The recent growth of shelter medicine programs in colleges of veterinary medicine is a boon to animal shelters in desperate need of trained medical staff.

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Make Money the Easy Way

2009

When local businesses donate a portion of their proceeds to humane organizations, everyone wins: the businesses gain new customers in a slow economy; the shelter gets cash and a high community profile.

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It Happened at EXPO: A Summary of Maddie's Daylong Workshop

2009

Maddie's eight-hour workshop, Is An Adoption Guarantee Really Possible? Four Steps to Success held in Las Vegas at The HSUS Animal Care EXPO, drew more than 200 attendees interested in saving the lives of their communities' healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats.

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Foster Care Volunteers are Lifesavers

Brenda Barnette2009

The Seattle Humane Society wanted to remain an open door private shelter, but the number of pets coming in exceeded the space it had to properly care for them. The solution: ask the community to help foster. The result: 3,001 dogs and cats in foster care in FY2008-2009.

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Customer Service Do's and Don'ts Part I

2009

Read our findings based on the ten-week customer service awards program conducted by Maddie's Fund and the Petfinder.com Foundation. See why some shelters and rescues are models of "best practices" - and others are not.

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An 8-Step Program for Saving Lives

2008

Eight great ways to help homeless animals in your community.

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Taking a Bite Out of Food Bowl Aggression

2008

A new food aggression protocol for shelter dogs developed by certified applied animal behaviorist Dr. Emily Weiss has the potential to save thousands of shelter dog lives.

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Spring Cleaning for Your Organization

Jeanette Peters2007

Jeanette suggests that Spring is an excellent time to do an assessment of the administrative details of your nonprofit organization and clean up any loose ends that may have escaped attention.

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Moving from a Traditional to a No-Kill Shelter

Bonney Brown2007

Bonney Brown describes her journey of transitioning a traditional humane society into a no-kill facility.

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Nonprofit Management Series

Jeanette Peters2007

Management Consultant Jeannette Peters has put together an eight-part primer on running your non-profit organization like a business.

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New York City Feral Cat Council

Bryan Kortis2007

Check out this Q&A session with Bryan Kortis who serves as chair of the New York City Feral Cat Council (NYCFCC), a coalition of twelve feral cat organizations that utilize Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) as the most humane and effective means of dealing with New York City's feral cat population.

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The Charlottesville, Virginia No-Kill Journey

Susanne Kogut2007

In 2005, the SPCA made an adoption guarantee commitment to its supporters and to the animals in its care – a guarantee of a forever home to all healthy and behaviorally sound animals.

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What is the Role of a Veterinarian in Animal Shelters? Editorial

Richard Avanzino2007

Shelter veterinarians need to do far more than spay/neuter.

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Behavioral Assessment in Animal Shelters

Sheila Segurson D'Arpino, DVM, DACVB2007

One of the nation's premiere shelter behavior experts, Sheila Segurson D'Arpino, DVM, DACVB talks about the limits of temperament testing, methods to increase the usefulness of the test you are using, and the importance (and guidelines for) developing a shelter behavioral program.

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Finding Homes for Senior Pets

2007

Shelters find that many adopters have a "soft spot" for graybeards.

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From Rags to Riches: The Story of the Alachua County Humane Society Thrift Store

Eric Van Ness2007

The Alachua County Humane Society turned a lowly thrift store into a major revenue producer.

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Getting Control of Animal Control

Craig Brestrup2007

Craig Brestrup describes the sad conditions and high death rates in one animal control facility and offers concrete steps on how this city and others can turn the situation around.

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Behavior Assessment Editorial

Rich Avanzino2007

A pet's temperament isn't immediately obvious, it's something we learn by watching reactions over a broad range of environments and experiences.

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Beyond No-Kill Editorial

Rich Avanzino2006

Is a no-kill community really one that saves all homeless pets no matter their age, medical condition or temperament?

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Dog Transport Editorial

Rich Avanzino2006

When outside puppies and small dogs are imported, they'll get adopted while old and ugly local dogs languish in shelters and eventually get euthanized.

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Fundraising Editorial

Rich Avanzino2006

For smaller shelters or rescue groups, the idea of fundraising can be intimidating but it's really just a matter of building relationships with the people in your community.

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Honesty and Transparency in Animal Control: A Formula for Lifesaving

Tara Derby2006

Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Association, Tara Derby details the steps she took to radically improve her shelter's live release rate in very short order.

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Indianapolis Animal Care & Control

2006

New managerial tactics bring new hope to Indianapolis.

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Feral Cats: An Interview with Julie Levy, DVM

2006

Feral cat expert Lulie Levy, DVM, provides an overview of life for today's feral cats and advocates new approaches to their treatment and care.

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Feral Cat Advocacy: Deep Roots Continue to Blossom in the Bay Area

2006

Some of the oldest and the best feral cat programs in the nation.

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Why Transparency Editorial

Richard Avanzino2006

Transparency is a big plus even if an organization is less than perfect. When the public can see that an agency is improving, it enhances the organizations's reputation, builds community trust, and increases financial support.

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The Case for Collaboration Editorial

Richard Avanzino2006

Why Maddie's Fund thinks collaboration is the fastest and most effective way to build a no-kill community.

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What No-Kill Means to Me

Joshua Frank2006

No-kill is not about changing shelter euthanasia or intake policy, says Joshua Frank. It is about shifting perspectives. Shelters can no longer think that any level of killing of "excess" animals is acceptable.

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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.

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The Pros and Cons of Dog Transport

2006

How good of an idea is it to ship animals from over-populated shelters to communities with dog and puppy shortages?

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Mediation Report

2005

Turf wars, policy disagreements and other kinds of conflict are common among coalitions. In Gainesville, Florida, one coalition turned to mediation to ease the tensions.

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Making a Case for Animal Law

Barbara Gislason2005

Tireless efforts enabled Barbara Gislason to get animal law recognized and respected within the legal profession.

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What is a Treatable Shelter Pet? Editorial

Richard Avanzino2005

The treatable designation need not require the shelters to provide the called-for treatment or rehabilitation. The idea is to put in writing what the shelters are aiming to achieve for the community's homeless pets.

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It Pays to Operate Like a Business Editorial

Rich Avanzino2005

Setting goals, measuring performance, and establishing standards for accountability and transparency attract many would-be donors to Maddie's Fund, lending credence to the notion that it truly pays to operate like a business.

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Is No-Kill Another Name for Hoarding? Editorial

Rich Avanzino2004

This editorial refutes the notion that no-kill shelters are institutionalized hoarders.

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What Statistics and Definitions Can Do for You Editorial

Richard Avanzino2004

Statistics and definitions help create organizational efficiencies, define organizational goals and priorities, save lives, enhance image and build public support.

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Customer Service - Another Way to Save Lives

2004

A great model of customer service plus customer service training tips for staff and volunteers in the accompanying Adoption Counselor Guide.

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Gimme Shelter: Lessons From California's Shelter Construction Boom

George Miers2004

The architectural revolution in shelter construction.

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The Humane Society of Tampa Bay's New No-Kill Policy

2004

The percentage of shelter adoptions nearly doubled after the no-kill policy was implemented, but instead of spending time on euthanasia, staff spend time with individual animals to improve their health and behavior.

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New Policy Saves all Healthy and Treatable Shelter Pets

Joe Cannon2004

The Board started planning for a transition when it realized it was no longer acceptable to continue to euthanize one animal simply to make room for another.

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Hayden Law

Taimie Bryant, Professor of Law, UCLA2004

California mandates more accountable and accessible animal shelters, enables reunification with lost companion animals.

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Hayden Law Update

Taimie Bryant, Professor of Law, UCLA2004

What of the Hayden legislation survives the legislative process, subsequent attempts to repeal it, and financial wrangling over implementing its provisions.

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Richmond’s Road to No-Kill

Robin Robertson-Starr2003

In 1998, The Richmond SPCA adopted a plan to become a no-kill institution, establish a partnership with the local animal control agency and become a no-kill community.

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Working with Animal Welfare Organizations: A Veterinarian's Perspective

Barbara Monaghan, DVM2003

Working with animal welfare organizations can be trying for a veterinarian. Dr. Barbara Monaghan offers advice on how to change the dynamic.

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Working with Private Practice Veterinarians: A Shelter Worker's Perspective

Lynne Fridley2003

Here are five great ideas animal welfare organizations can employ to get the help they need from private practice veterinarians.

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The Untouchable Bond: Promoting Care and Control of Feral and Free-Roaming Cats

Brenda Griffin, DVM2003

A feral cat program on the Auburn University campus.

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Handling Shelter Cats and Assessing Their Behavior: A Conversation with Joan Miller

Joan Miller2003

Cat Fanciers' Association board member, Winn Feline Foundation past President, and all-breed judge Joan Miller offers helpful hints on how to treat, handle and comfort shelter cats. Joan received great acclaim for this presentation at the 2009 No-Kill Conference in Washington DC.

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In the Beginning: The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

Jane Hoffman2003

The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals sprang from a mutual desire by the New York City Bar Association's Animal Law Committee, over a hundred animal welfare organizations, and the newly elected administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg to make New York a no-kill city.

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Design for Shelter Animals in a No-Kill World

Lucinda Schlaffer AIA and Paul Bonacci AIA, ARQ Architects2003

Ten design goals to enrich and enhance a cat or dog's shelter stay and methods for providing a quality shelter environment for staff, volunteers and the public.

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Defining No-Kill Editorial

Rich Avanzino2003

A lot of folks are using the term no-kill these days but not everyone's definition is the same.

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Defining What it Means to Have a Model Shelter Editorial

Rich Avanzino2003

What a top notch animal shelter looks like and how it operates.

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Change as a Fact of Life Editorial

Rich Avanzino2002

Our grant guidelines do change with some regularity but the good thing about our changes - they work to the advantage of the grantee.

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Getting More Veterinarians Involved Editorial

Rich Avanzino2002

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Furburbia

2002

Finding a site in a popular shopping mall works wonders for adoptions.

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Low-Cost Advertising

Janice Gibbons and Phyllis Hall, Spay/Neuter Action Project, Huntsville, Alabama2002

Getting the word out on a shoe-string budget.

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The Best Shelter is a Humane Community

Robin Robertson-Starr2002

Comments Executive Director Robin Robertson Starr, "When organizational philosophy shifted to saving lives, the Richmond SPCA received an outpouring of community support."

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Taking the Community No-Kill

Nathan Winograd2001

Nathan Winograd provides the keys to his success in transitioning the Tompkins County SPCA – and the entire community – to no-kill.

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The History of the No-Kill Movement

Lynda Foro2001

Lynda Foro, Founder and former President of Doing Things for Animals, recounts the history, growth and grass-roots foundation of the no-kill movement.

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Shelter Designs for Cats

ARQ Architects2001

A variety of design suggestions to increase cat adoptions and improve cat health and behavior during shelter stays.

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How to Start a Feral Cat Program

Leslie Wilson2001

Everything you need to know from using the right kitten formula to recruiting volunteers, written by an animal lover with years of feral cat experience.

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Incorporating the Community

Patricia Sherman2001

Bringing schools, merchants, police, social services and veterinarians on board helps build a no-kill community.

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It Takes a Community

Nathan Winograd2001

According to Nathan Winograd, achieving no-kill takes more than a change in shelter policy – it requires a commitment from the entire community.

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Friend of Ferals

2001

A love of feral cats led Sally Mackler to establish one of the earliest and most successful feral cat spay/neuter programs.

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The Knock on No-Kill Editorial

Rich Avanzino2001

The implication that no-kill shelters are derelict because they refuse to euthanize animals is patently wrong.

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Building a Successful Coalition

Gregory Castle, No More Homeless Pets in Utah2001

Gregory Castle of Best Friends Animal Society pulled together a statewide coalition of animal welfare organizations in 2000. Here are his 12 cardinal rules of collaboration.

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Coalitions Take Animal Welfare Groups to the Next Level: How the Metroplex Animal Coalition Is Doing It

Elaine Munch2001

If animal welfare groups keep doing things the same old way, they'll get the same old result. Coalitions can provide new leadership, new approaches and new visibility.

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Funding Failure vs. Progress Editorial

2001

Maddie's Fund has chosen to restrict its funding to organizations that are making a difference in their communities rather than groups that are struggling.

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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.

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The No-Kill Revolution Editorial

Richard Avanzino2000

The no-kill movement is about acknowledging the value and importance of each individual pet's life.

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Fostering Kittens

Leslie Wilson2000

An old pro passes on invaluable information for feeding, cleaning and socializing baby felines.

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Fostering Shelter Dogs

2000

Fostering shelter dogs is a fun and rewarding experience for the whole family.

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Pets in Rental Housing

Leslie Wilson2000

A simple, field-proven seven-step guide that groups or individuals can use to create a program for increasing pet-friendly rental housing in their area.

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What is No-Kill?

2000

Maddie's Fund defines no-kill as saving all healthy and treatable shelter pets.

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San Francisco: The Nation's First Adoption Guarantee City

Richard Avanzino2000

The San Francisco SPCA transitioned to no-kill by building adoption, spay/neuter and animal behavior programs, giving up the animal control contract and signing a landmark agreement with animal control in 1994 guaranteeing a loving home for every healthy cat and dog.

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Toward a No-Kill Nation

Michael Mountain2000

Michael Mountain believes no-kill can be achieved if we shed old notions of what cannot be done, find common ground, and always put the needs of the animals first.

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Ten Reasons to Consider No-Kill

2000

Increased adoptions, volunteers, and community support – just a few reasons to save all healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats.

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Vincent Law: An Analysis by UCLA Law Professor Taimie Bryant, PhD

Taimie Bryant, PhD2000

Requiring animal shelters to spay and neuter dogs and cats prior to adoption.