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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.

  • September 1, 2015

    Emotional Rescue

    Understanding why it’s crucial for animals in our care to feel good

  • 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

    No Walls for Jericho

    Trained by Animal Farm Foundation, Matthew Smith's dog Jericho is helping prove that "pit bulls" can work as assistance dogs for people with disabilities.

  • November 1, 2014

    Tuesdays With Pransky

    Bored with her job as a foot warmer for her owner, Pransky found new work as a therapy dog, providing comfort to nursing home residents.

  • November 1, 2014

    Young Cats, New Tricks

    Learn how "kitten kindergarten," also known as early socialization, can benefit cats in your shelter with a relatively short investment of time and effort.

  • July 1, 2014

    Finding Homes for High-Energy Dogs

    Connecting high-energy dogs with families interested in performance sports.

  • March 1, 2014

    Reconcilable Differences

    The Humane Society of the United States' Pet Help Partners program uses behavior counseling to keep cats in their homes.

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