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  • Tufts Animal Care and Condition Scales

    The Tufts Animal Care and Condition (TACC) Scales were developed in 1997 by Dr. Gary Patronek, with assistance from Lori Donley, MS '97, the Fort Wayne Dept. of Animal Care and Control, and the Law Enforcement Division of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to help cruelty investigators and veterinarians assess cases of animal abuse or neglect that are primarily related to husbandry, as opposed to deliberate acts of cruelty.


    That pooch in the pet-store window may be may alluring but buyer beware: you may be supporting a puppy mill.

  • November 1, 2015

    Caught in the Middle

    A vocal minority of private practice veterinarians view low-cost, subsidized care provided by nonprofit spay/neuter clinics and vet care assistance programs as unfair competition and a threat to their livelihoods. Though there has always been some friction on this issue, tensions are rising in some communities, placing lifesaving services in the crosshairs.

  • July 1, 2015

    What Goes Down ...

    Your adopters and novice foster caregivers may not be prepared for that horking sound longtime cat owners know so well. Here's what one kitty devotee learned when he explored the world of cat vomit.

  • July 1, 2015

    All Dogs Are Equal

    Scientists, animal control officers and even some insurance companies agree--physical appearance is no basis for dog discrimination. Recent studies are unraveling the faulty logic behind breed-specific legislation and turning breed prejudice on its (big, blocky) head.

  • May 1, 2015

    A New Learning Curve

    New cat behavior counseling course empowers participants to think beyond the walls of their shelter or rescue to assist owners who are thinking of surrendering their cats.

  • May 1, 2015

    What's Your Magic Number?

    Learn how you can analyze your shelter’s capacity for care using real data to calculate the number of animals your shelter can comfortably care for.

  • November 1, 2014

    The ASPCA's 'Top Chefs'

    Brothers Jonathon and Johan Aguero of the ASPCA dish out creative ideas to encourage shelter pets to eat.

  • September 1, 2014

    Paying it Forward in Michigan

    Michigan Humane Society and the Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare helps bridge distances and increase undertanding and collaboration among divers animal care agencies across the state.

  • September 1, 2014

    Crossing the Thin Blue Line

    Teaching police officers effective, positive techniques for handling dogs makes communities safer for both law enforcement and pets.

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