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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.

  • Myths and Facts about Canine Parvovirus '2c'

    This article explores the facts and myths about Canine Parvovirus (CPV) strain 2c.

  • September 1, 2014

    Closed for Safety

    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.

  • May 1, 2014

    A Vaccination Education

    Vaccines play a central role in keeping animals--especially those in shelters and foster care--safe from the spread of potentially deadly disease. But lately vaccines have face greater scrutiny, and their necessity has sometimes been called into question. Learn to separate the myths from the facts so your organization can make informed decisions about who, when, and how to vaccinate.

  • January 1, 2014

    Canine and Feline Parvovirus: What You Need to Know

    Separate fact from fiction regarding canine parvovirus and feline panleukopenia.

  • January 1, 2014

    How Much is that Doggie Sweater in the Window?

    Advice from successful shelter and rescue thrift stores on how to create a profitable stream of customers, donated goods, and cash for programs.

  • September 1, 2013

    Keeping Golden Years Golden

    Shelter staff need to be able to recognize and respond to the unique needs of senior shelter cats so that they can provide aging felines with the best possible care and a promising chance to find new homes.

  • July 1, 2013

    The Fine Line Between 'Pets' and 'Pests'

    Rats and mice can make great pets, but the wild ones can cause trouble in your facility. The best way to deal with them humanely is to make sure they have no way to get into your building in the first place.

  • May 1, 2013

    When the Runs Hit Your Runs

    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.

  • May 1, 2013

    Step by Step, Pet by Pet

    Volunteer Debbie Rappuhn’s tireless and tenacious efforts to improve the lives of animals at the Florence Lauderdale Animal Shelter in Alabama are paying off—big time.

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