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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.

  • September 1, 2015

    Emotional Rescue

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

  • September 1, 2015

    Block by Block

    In cities across the U.S., animal welfare groups are knocking on doors and bringing pet care services to the neighborhoods that most need them. Read how the Pets for Life program is changing the lives of pets and people one block at a time.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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