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.
September 1, 2015
Understanding why it’s crucial for animals in our care to feel good
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
Learn how "kitten kindergarten," also known as early socialization, can benefit cats in your shelter with a relatively short investment of time and effort.
May 1, 2014
Group promotes adoption and retention of dogs with disabilities
September 1, 2013
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
More spacious and thoughtfully designed cat kennels lead to a happier and more relaxed feline population at the Dumb Friends League in Denver.
May 1, 2013
Twenty-odd years after the publication of Ed Duvin’s “In the Name of Mercy,” an essay often credited for sparking the no-kill movement, animal welfare leaders reflect on how the field has changed—and changed them.