Study: Animal shelter managers may not understand what shelter veterinarians can do

When you think of a veterinarian working in an animal shelter, what do you imagine they do there? For many shelter managers who participated in a recent study, that answer is “perform spay/neuter surgery.” However, shelter veterinarians and shelter medicine can play a much larger role in an animal shelter, providing expertise on disease prevention… Learn More

Study: Audiobooks outperform music at reducing stress in shelter dogs

By now you’ve probably seen the research showing dogs in shelters are quieter when they’re listening to soft rock, reggae, and (at least for short periods) classical music. You may have seen programs where children come in and read to shelter dogs. So here’s the question: Do dogs like listening to audiobooks? The answer is… Learn More

Put your lifesaving ideas to the test with a Maddie’s Idea Lab Grant

Have a great idea that saves lives, improves welfare or keeps pets in homes? Would you love that idea to be scientifically evaluated, and to motivate others to implement it? We have a grant for that! The Maddie’s® Idea Lab is a new initiative that supports the development and assessment of innovative ideas that have… Learn More

Study: The effect of declawing on litter box use in multi-cat households

Problems related to urinating and defecating outside the litter box and living with more than one cat are among the top reasons people surrender cats to a shelter. Is that worse for cats who have been declawed? The average number of cats per cat-owning household is 2, indicating that multi-cat households are very common in… Learn More

Treating feline herpes: Getting it right

Feline herpesvirus is probably one of the most common causes of feline respiratory disease. How can animal shelters and rescue groups best treat it? In a recent study published in the August 2016 issue of American Journal of Veterinary Research, authors looked at the anti-viral drug famciclovir. Because of unique characteristics of the drug itself,… Learn More

The way shelters handle and care for cats can improve their adoption chances

Can something as simple as more frequent cleaning of food bowls and changing of water in a shelter cat’s housing get them adopted more quickly? A study soon to be published in the peer-reviewed journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science suggests that it is. The study was conducted in Austria, where it’s illegal for shelters to… Learn More

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