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  • A Vaccination Education

    Vaccines play a central role in keeping animals--especially those in shelters and foster care--safe from the spread of potentially deadly disease. But lately vaccines have face greater scrutiny, and their necessity has sometimes been called into question. Learn to separate the myths from the facts so your organization can make informed decisions about who, when, and how to vaccinate.

  • Canine and Feline Parvovirus: What You Need to Know

    Separate fact from fiction regarding canine parvovirus and feline panleukopenia.

  • Keeping Golden Years Golden

    Shelter staff need to be able to recognize and respond to the unique needs of senior shelter cats so that they can provide aging felines with the best possible care and a promising chance to find new homes.

  • When the Runs Hit Your Runs

    Diarrhea is unpleasant to deal with and can signal serious health issues for a shelter population. We offer advice on how to prevent diarrhea and, when it does occur, diagnose the causes and appropriately care for sick animals.

  • Returning Healthy Feral Cats

    Trap-neuter-return is widely accepted in many communities, but what are the best practices for ensuring that the cats’ capture, surgeries, and recovery are done in the most humane and healthy way possible? Find out here.

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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.


  • Articles on Declawing

    We know how traumatic declawing can be for cats. How can you help a cat that comes into your shelter already declawed?

  • OSHA Topics for Animal Shelters

    There's a lot of important information on OSHA's website. Which of it is relevant to animal shelters?

  • AAFP: Feline Vaccine Advisory Panel Report

    The American Association of Feline Practitioners has released their Feline Vaccine Advisory Panel Report. Includes a section on vaccination in shelters and multiple-cat environments.

  • AAFP: Feline Behavior Guidelines

    The American Association of Feline Practitioners' Feline Behavior Guidelines are filled with information for veterinarians and pet owners.

  • ABRI: Videos

    The Animal Behavior Resource Institute's videos give helpful tips on many behavior-related topics, from pilling cats to leash work with dogs.

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