Animal shelters can be a stressful environment for companion animals. Stress compromises immunity and normal behavior, so learn how to combat and reduce stress to increase the welfare of your shelter.
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Done properly, group housing can produce happier cats, delighted visitors, and more adoptions. Learn what you need to know before you start your own colony room.
Hammocks, a popular accessory for ferrets, prove just as inviting to felines.
Video helps shelters interpret cat behavior and alleviate stress
British study finds felines are fond of the familiar, showing more signs of stress in colony rooms than in expansive living arrangements that allow them to be alone or with old friends.
Faced with out-of-shape humans and shelter dogs in need of outdoor exercise, the city of Lubbock, Texas, finds a way to solve two problems with one leash.
Begone, heavy metal, pop, and chatter???shelter dogs prefer the classics.
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The shelter facility and the housing there-in has implications far beyond the shelter walls. The design of the facility will impact disease levels, behavioral health, staffing needs and the daily cost of care (and therefore how much time and money is left over for other important programs).