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Shelter medicine and wellness

Very often what we see as neglect from pet owners is actually the result of their inability to access veterinary services and other pet wellness resources. For example, there may be a free, local spay/neuter clinic but it’s on the other side of town and transportation is a problem. Or the $400 dental cleaning simply isn’t affordable. Identify what obstacles are preventing people in your community from providing wellness care for their pets and present ways to overcome them in order to make sure people can keep their pets happy, healthy and in their homes.

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  • Magazine Article

    Where foster and hospice care meet

    Fospice programs allow sick or elderly animals to live out their final days with comfort and dignity in a loving home.

    Fospice programs help elderly, ill pets spend their final days surrounded by home comforts

    Christopher Frey's wife Liesl loved cats and often talked about her childhood pet, an all-black feline named Midnight. And so when Liesl, 44, was hospitalized with stage IV cancer last summer, Frey contacted the San Francisco SPCA to see if a volunteer could bring a cat to visit.

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  • Magazine Article

    Clinics in overdrive

    Pet owners check in and pay at a series of booths before rolling on to vaccination tents.

    Louisiana shelter puts vaccinations in top gear with drive-through clinics

    Here's the scene at a typical community rabies clinic: Pet owners lined up on a sidewalk, dogs barking and pulling on their leashes, cats petrified in their carriers. The animals get their vaccines—and the community gets a valuable public service that helps keep a virus at bay. But for many, the whole thing can feel chaotic, slow-moving and stressful.

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  • Magazine Article

    Baby got fat

    Staffers at the Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington, D.C., were stunned by “sweet, mellow” Symba’s 35-pound girth, noting that he was “bigger than a lion cub.”

    How shelters and rescues can treat and talk about obese pets

    As a million YouTube videos can attest, everyone loves tubby tabbies and pudgy pooches. But the flip side is that pet obesity poses serious health issues. Animal experts weigh in on how shelters can transform dogs and cats from fat to fit.

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