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  • Caught in the Middle

    A vocal minority of private practice veterinarians view low-cost, subsidized care provided by nonprofit spay/neuter clinics and vet care assistance programs as unfair competition and a threat to their livelihoods. Though there has always been some friction on this issue, tensions are rising in some communities, placing lifesaving services in the crosshairs.

  • What Goes Down ...

    Your adopters and novice foster caregivers may not be prepared for that horking sound longtime cat owners know so well. Here's what one kitty devotee learned when he explored the world of cat vomit.

  • Breaking Down Care Barriers

    Discover how many shelters are partnering with local veterinarians to implement medical intervention programs that help loving pet owners keep their animals.

  • Spore Wars

    Austin Pets Alive's, Brittany Dell'Aglio Mitchell conquers feline ringworm infections.

  • Closed for Safety

    Sometimes the safest response to an infectious disease outbreak is to temporarily close your shelter. It's a difficult decsion, and one with the potential to generate negative publicity. But shelter veterinarians must make it a priority to protect the health of the animals as well as the public, and being transparent about your actions will ultimately build trust. Learn how to cope with an outbreak-and it's aftermath.

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  • Sample: Medication Chart

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

  • Sample: AWA - Treatment Technician Manual

    An all-encompassing manual that includes information for shelter staff and foster volunteers.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Policies & Programs

  • Pets for Life

    The HSUS Pets for Life program has one very ambitious goal: to keep pets and their people together. Pets for Life recognizes that one of the greatest threats to pets is a lack of understanding on the part of caregivers along with a lack of awareness of available resources.


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