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MaddieTalk: How a shelter partnered with local vets to save orphaned kittens

Can a partnership with local veterinarians save orphaned kittens’ lives? You bet, when they’re moved from foster care to local veterinary practices, where they’re provided with love, socialization and care. That’s what the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin (HSSW) did, and they share how you can, too, in our latest MaddieTalk: Vet Pets! “We were struggling… Learn More

#FeelGoodFriday: Shelter dogs listen intently as children read to them

Children and shelter dogs: It’s pretty much the definition of a feel-good story, right? Absolutely! That’s why we’re bringing you this heartwarming blast-from-the-past of one of the earliest news stories featuring young children reading to shelter dogs at the Humane Society of Missouri, featured on NBC Nightly News. Given recent research showing that both human… Learn More

How to help treat and prevent unwanted fleas at your shelter

A young litter of puppies and their lactating leading lady arrive at your shelter with some uninvited guests: fleas! What do you do now? Don’t fret; here are some useful tips from Chelsea Reinhard, DVM, MPH, Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Resident at Tufts University, to help protect your shelter’s dogs and cats. Treat early and monthly… Learn More

Resources to save shelter cats’ lives

The Million Cat Challenge is a partnership of Maddie’s Fund®, the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida, and the ASPCA®, formed to help shelters save the lives of 1 million more cats. It is based on five key initiatives which bring forward those approaches that have… Learn More

#FeelGoodFriday: Sleepy kitten relaxation video

Working in animal welfare can be wonderful, and it can be stressful. Today’s world is full of stress, too, as ten minutes watching the news can confirm. What’s not full of stress? This video of a kitten falling asleep, safe in his mom’s arms. So just watch, then have a blissful #FeelGoodFriday and a wonderful… Learn More

Rich Avanzino: The role of the veterinarian in animal sheltering

 The unprecedented animal lifesaving we see sweeping the country today came about hand in hand with the rise of shelter medicine. Richard Avanzino, the first president of Maddie’s Fund® and the man widely considered the “godfather of the no-kill movement,” reflected a decade ago on the role of the veterinarian in animal sheltering. Here is… Learn More

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