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From the moment an animal walks through the door to the moment they leave, a wavering health status may not only determine one's fate, but can affect the entire shelter's population and the reputation of your organization. Learn how to identify, prevent, and treat common ailments and optimize your shelter's ability to maintain a healthy herd.

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  • 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.

  • A Nursery for Mew Babies

    Orphaned kittens get the special care they need in order to thrive at the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA’s Paws Nursery.

  • Junk in the Trunk

    Read about the weight loss journeys of obese kitties Otto and Walter, and find out how to help the chubby felines who waddle into your shelter shed excess pounds.

  • Medical SOPs: Lifesaving, Step by Step

    Getting some basic shelter medicine SOPs in writing can help you prevent widespread problems while providing a consistent, transparent standard of care.

  • Mouthpieces: Help Your Queen of the Jungle Discover the Great Indoors

    Mouthpieces flyer designed to promote keeping cats indoors.

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Samples

  • Sample: Nevada Humane Society - Animal Help Desk Caseworker Handbook

    Clients ask your front desk staff for help with many different issues, from behavioral problems to rehoming animals. Use this sample helpdesk handbook from Nevada Humane to help your staff be ready to assist!

  • HSUS Cat Care Basics

    Give our downloadable, printable handout to your adopters! Includes information on adoption, disease control, poisonous plants and more.

  • Sample: Medication Chart

    Use this sample medication chart to keep track of animals' medical conditions and medications.

  • HSUS Canine Distemper Basics

    Fact: Canine distemper is highly contagious, can be carried and transmitted by wild mammals -- and is easy to kill with proper sanitation. To get all the facts on distemper, download our factsheet to keep the basics at your fingertips.

  • HSUS Parvovirus Basics

    Fact: The canine parvovirus is difficult to kill, can live in the environment for months or even years, and is transmitted only through direct contact with bodily fluids. To get all the facts on parvo, download our factsheet to keep the basics at your fingertips.

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