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Miranda Spindel, D.V.M., M.S.

Miranda Spindel, D.V.M., M.S. is senior director of shelter medicine and development at the ASPCA.

Content by Miranda Spindel, D.V.M., M.S.

  • Magazine Article

    Answering the call

    At a temporary shelter located at a fairgrounds in Gordon, Alabama, a veterinarian and a field responder examine animals seized from a hoarding situation in 2011.

    When disaster strikes, veterinarians are key to successful rescue and response operations

    When disaster strikes, shelter veterinarians may suddenly find themselves dealing with scores of sick or injured animals in a makeshift medical setting. The work is demanding both physically and mentally, and the rewards—knowing you’ve helped the victims of a hurricane or a hoarding situation—can be great. But disaster response requires more than just good intentions. To be effective, you need proper training, flexibility and adherence to protocols for assessing and treating animals in disaster situations.

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  • Magazine Article

    Your building is a nightmare ...

    Is your shelter’s facility so old and creepy, it sometimes reminds you of a horror movie? You can still develop cleaning and disinfection protocols that will help you fight your own (microscopic) monsters.

    ... but your disease control doesn’t have to be

    In a facility with cracks, leaks and creaks all over, it can be hard to provide the best care for your animals and keep disease from spreading. But like the saying goes, if you can’t change something, change the way you think about it. So until you get that extreme shelter makeover, take other steps to curb disease. Learn how creative retrofitting and routine maintenance, clear cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and organized traffic flow can help keep the microbes from spreading—even in your leaky, creaky, cracking shelter.

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  • Magazine Article

    Germinating solutions

    The people cleaning your shelter should never have to guess about the proper way to do it. Written protocols reduce chances for confusion.

    To prevent infectious diseases from spreading in your shelter, you need to master some sanitation basics

    The basis of any healthy shelter environment is sanitation. A few upgrades to your practices can have a lifesaving effect for the animals in your care. Consider everything from the cleaning and disinfecting process to staff’s clothing to make sure that you’re achieving maximum cleanliness—and don’t forget to wash your hands!

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