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  • September 1, 2010

    Shelter Medicine: Canine Distemper Virus: Anatomy of an Outbreak

    Canine distemper virus can easily enter a shelter, is tricky to diagnose, and may wreak havoc on a shelter's dog population. A veterinarian and a shelter official discuss the policies and procedures that helped a shelter in West Kennebunk, Maine, cope with an outbreak.

  • September 1, 2010

    The Purebred Paradox

    The quest to create the "perfect" dog may be contributing to a genetic health crisis among purebreds. A lack of genetic testing, mating of closely related animals, and breed standards that encourage extreme features over health have been blamed for a host of health problems facing scores of breeds today.

  • September 1, 2010

    Toy Story

    A recent study suggests that shelters can increase the chances of their cats getting adopted by putting toys in the cats' cages and housing them at eye level.

  • July 1, 2010

    Shelter Medicine: Kittens: Coming Soon to a Shelter Near You

    During the spring and summer'also known as "kitten season" to shelters and rescues'pregnant cats, nursing mothers, and kittens overwhelm facilities across the nation. Shelters have to take extra measures to protect young kittens from exposure to germs, and must provide them with a series of vaccinations, plus high-quality nutrition and proper deworming, to keep those mewing fuzz balls healthy.

  • July 1, 2010

    Spay it Ain't So

    Study on ovary retention and longevity shouldn't affect shelter spaying practices.

  • July 1, 2010

    Collars and Sense

    It's often said in the sheltering field that a collar and identification tag are a lost pet's best chance of returning home. That's especially true for felines: Only 2 to 5 percent of the millions of homeless cats entering shelters each year are reunited with their families.

  • July 1, 2010

    Mouthpieces: Love Your Cat? Then TAG Your Cat!

    In this issue, Mouthpieces helps you communicate to pet owners the importance of outfitting their precious feline companions with a collar and tag.

  • May 1, 2010

    Survey Says ... Get a Cat!

    The Morris Animal Foundation surveyed non-cat owners about their perceptions of cats to gain insight into what may be preventing them from finding those homes. The results show that the next wave of cat owners may come from unexpected segments of society.

  • March 1, 2010

    It's a Cat-Help-Cat World

    When the lions and tigers at In-Sync Exotics sanctuary lent a paw by hosting an event to help their lap cat counterparts at a neighboring cat rescue, both groups benefited.

  • March 1, 2010

    Canine Influenza Virus: Fact or Fiction?

    Canine influenza virus, which first grabbed headlines in 2004, is back in the spotlight, thanks in part to the release of the first canine influenza vaccine. How concerned should shelters be? What preventive approaches should they take? Miranda Spindel, the ASPCA's director of veterinary outreach, helps separate fact from fiction.

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