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.
For felines who are stressed by life in the shelter, one cat behavior specialist advocates "behavioral CPR," using interactive play sessions to bring back cats who sit frozen in their cage or litter box, unresponsive to visitors.
Are howls and woofs the inevitable soundtrack at a shelter? Not necessarily. You can turn down the volume through a variety of methods, from innovative design or retrofitting to clicker training and enrichment programs.
Learn about a behavior training method that recognizes fearful cats not as a lost cause in the shelter environment, but as a puzzle to be solved.
Meet Joan Laisney, the founder and coordinator of Kennel Comforters, a group that makes and delivers pet beds to county shelters and humane societies in the San Diego area. So far, the group has produced nearly 4,700 free beds for shelters.
It's essential that every species in your shelter receives appropriate, individualized care, which goes a long way toward reducing stress, improving health'and increasing the chances of adoption. Our guide will help you recognize, prevent, and reduce stress in birds and small mammals.
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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).