When working with animals becomes too much: Online help for compassion fatigue

One of the greatest obstacles to developing animal welfare leaders is the very thing that brings people into the field in the first place: compassion. Unfortunately, unless people who work with animals learn how to keep themselves emotionally healthy and balanced while doing this important work, they’ll be at high risk of leaving their job,… Learn More

Learn ‘Compassion Fatigue Strategies’ in online course for shelter/rescue workers, veterinarians

What if someone had genuine useful resources that could help those working with animals in the shelter, rescue and veterinary fields cope with emotional numbness, stress, anxiety and burnout? Someone does: The Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida is enrolling students in its online course in “Compassion Fatigue Strategies” with certified compassion fatigue… Learn More

Is stress undermining your pet adoption efforts?

Are dogs and cats in shelters developing health and behavior problems because of stress? And does that make adoption more difficult and less likely for those pets? Yes, says board certified veterinary behaviorist Dr. Sheila D’Arpino. On January 14 and February 4, 2016, she’ll be presenting free webcasts on how stress is sabotaging your pet… Learn More

How to manage an animal shelter with lifesaving at its core

Do you ever wish you had a solid grounding in how to run an animal shelter with lifesaving as its core mission? Whether you’re currently in the sheltering field or considering making the leap, you can get that opportunity in “Animal Shelter Management: Lifesaving-Centered” through the University of the Pacific’s online certificate course. Experienced, new,… Learn More

What animals shelters need to know right now about canine influenza

No one in animal welfare or veterinary medicine can have missed the news about the outbreak of a new strain of the virus that hit Chicago and nearby communities in the last month. This is the first time this strain has been identified in the United States. What does this outbreak mean for the dogs… Learn More

How animal shelters can treat and prevent heartworm in dogs

The challenge of prevention and treatment of canine heartworm is particularly acute in animal shelters, which usually receive the dogs when they are already heartworm-positive and face challenges finding resources to treat them.