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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From the Magazine
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.
We talk to bird expert Eileen McCarthy about the troubles birds have in shelters and about ways to make sure our feathery friends find a comfortable roost when they visit.
Looking for a great toy that encourages potential adopters to interact with your cats without spreading germs? Jennifer Hatch, cattery manager at the Willamette Humane Society in Salem, Oregon, has come to the rescue.
Donna Mlinek of the Dumb Friends League explores how reducing cat stress can increase cat health.
A study examines the effects of kennel noise on canine stress levels.
Lighting, cage arrangements, and the presence of the canine beast affect shelter cats' well-being.
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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).