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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

    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.

  • July 1, 2014

    Finding Homes for High-Energy Dogs

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

  • May 1, 2014

    No Place Like Home

    Advocates use prevention strategies and fair housing laws to keep owners and pets together.

  • March 1, 2014

    Time, Space, and the Single Cat

    Many adopters are looking to bring a second cat to their household, but what's the best way to turn a couple of swingin' single felines into a happy couple? And how do you know if a new friend would even be welcome? Shelters and rescues can help adopters find their way to a peacefully expanded kitty family.

  • November 1, 2013

    Decoding Dog Play

    Learning to read the signs of dog-to-dog interaction help shelters and rescues make more responsible placements.

  • September 1, 2013

    Mouthpieces: Don't Leave Pets in Hot Cars

    This reproducible poster reminds owners that, even after summer ends, warm weather still makes it dangerous to leave pets alone in parked cars.

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