September-October 2011 Table of Contents
Shelters that have expanded their mission to add nonprofit veterinary hospitals find that it’s a great way to increase revenue, save sick or injured animals who might otherwise have been euthanized, and make quality vet care affordable for low-income clients. For some shelters, the effect has been transformational, turning around their financial outlook, and changing their perception of themselves in the process.
What happens—or doesn’t happen—when an animal enters a shelter can affect an individual pet’s ultimate outcome, as well as impacting the health of an entire shelter population. Taking steps such as obtaining a pet’s history, performing an intake exam, checking for microchips, and giving vaccinations should be considered the standards of the intake process, according to guidelines developed by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.
They’re not fuzzy, they’re not cuddly, and some of them have a habit of squeezing their meals to death before devouring them whole. In a word, snakes can be frightening. Many snake owners fall in love with the small creatures they see in the pet store but are unprepared to care for the adults. Here’s a guide to temporary care and housing for the slithery creatures who, despite their scary appearance, deserve compassion and respect.
- People Power: Outstanding in His Field
- To the Rescue: Their Aim is True
- Field Trip: Room at the Inn
- Mouthpieces: The Only Command He Knows is Stay
- Show Me the Money: Charity on Tap
- Rising to the Top
- Show Off Your Stuff
In your space, you tell us about the most successful collaboration your shelter or rescue group has ever been a part of—everything from a major, multi-organization cockfighting bust to an award-winning humane education program.
Pets for Life NYC, a New York City-based animal surrender prevention program, preserves the human-animal bond by giving people the advice and support they need before they turn their pets over to shelters. Now the program’s coordinators are looking to train shelters, nonprofits, and other animal welfare advocates to create similar pet safety nets in their own communities.
Believed to be the first resource of its kind, the online Maddie’s Animal Shelter Infection Control Tool will help shelters assess their practices and ultimately reduce the spread of infectious diseases. Iowa State University veterinarians Christine Petersen and Claudia Baldwin discuss the innovative new tool.
If you think feeding one finicky feline is a challenge, try meeting the tastes and needs of a whole shelter full of kitties. What goes into the food bowl profoundly impacts animal health; it’s essential for management of body weight and condition, and good nutrition also supports immune function—so important in a shelter setting. Here’s a guide to help you keep your cats well-fed, trim, and healthy.
In her final column for Animal Sheltering, Hilary Anne Hager offers takeaway lessons she’s learned during 10 years of volunteer management in animal care environments—key among them that there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. There are excellent resources available to volunteer coordinators wanting to transform their programs: books, websites, listservs, and more. All you have to do is reach out.
A Florida retiree gives Animal Care Expo attendees the first public glimpse of his collection of rare humane officer badges—an important link to the early years of the animal welfare movement.