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.
November 1, 2015
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
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
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
Austin Pets Alive's, Brittany Dell'Aglio Mitchell conquers feline ringworm infections.
September 1, 2014
Sometimes the safest response to an infectious disease outbreak is to temporarily close your shelter. It's a difficult decsion, and one with the potential to generate negative publicity. But shelter veterinarians must make it a priority to protect the health of the animals as well as the public, and being transparent about your actions will ultimately build trust. Learn how to cope with an outbreak-and it's aftermath.
March 1, 2014
In the March/April 2014 cover story, read how putting the spotlight on your little critters by posting colorful photos, giving them fun names, and placing them in high-traffic areas are just a few ways to boost small-animal adoption rates.
January 1, 2014
Separate fact from fiction regarding canine parvovirus and feline panleukopenia.
July 1, 2013
After being rescued from an abusive situation, Scanley the rabbit was too fearful to be adopted. However, this grape-loving bunny now lives happily with one of his rescuers—and, of course, a rooster with a serious shoe fetish.
May 1, 2013
Diarrhea is unpleasant to deal with and can signal serious health issues for a shelter population. We offer advice on how to prevent diarrhea and, when it does occur, diagnose the causes and appropriately care for sick animals.