As the length of stays for animals in our shelters increase, maintaining their psychological well-being is as important as their physical health. Read on to discover how you can keep everyone happy and stimulated while they wait for their new homes.
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From the Magazine
The Austin Humane Society is one of several shelters that have started a hand-feeding, enrichment, and training program for adoptable dogs. The results are easy to see: a kennel that's a pleasant environment for both people and pets.
A cat adoption space should appeal to both felines and the people who come to see them. Learn how shelters are sprucing up their cat rooms with elements that keep cats engaged and please potential adopters, too.
All shelters, regardless of the length of time they're able to hold animals, should strive for high-quality care. But it's doubly important in facilities where animals will be held for weeks or even months. Veterinarian Lila Miller outlines steps to keep longtimers healthy and happy.
Policies & Programs
The shelter medicine program at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine has a wealth of information on disease control, facility design, animal housing and many other topics.
The ASV's Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters is a comprehensive shelter standards document that was two years in the making.