NACA releases guidelines for spay/neuter and cat intake amid COVID-19 pandemic

The National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) has released several statements and protocol recommendations for animal shelters amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   We’d like to bring attention to their recommendations for releasing unaltered pets from animal shelters and cat intake protocol, and we strongly encourage shelters to adhere to them.   The U.S. Surgeon General has… Learn More

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How to keep cat medical costs down in a shelter

Saving your shelter money starts from the moment the cat steps inside the shelter, says Monica Frenden, Director of Feline Lifesaving at American Pets Alive! Spend a couple of extra minutes giving them a quality intake exam and then move them to adoptions immediately (or wherever they are going). A quality intake exam includes weight check, FVRCP, microchip and… Learn More

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Adoption Center opens at Austin Pets Alive! for cats and kittens with ringworm, #ThanksToMaddie

Austin Pets Alive! recently celebrated the grand opening of their new Maddie’s® Cat Adoption Center, a facility dedicated to the treatment, care and adoption of cats with ringworm. To kick off the celebration, they held a Ringworm Kitty Homecoming Carnival and invited the public. Supporters were given tours of the facility, played carnival games, had festive food and drink and could even get their faces painted.    Austin Pets Alive! believes the lives of pets… Learn More

Study: Ridding your home of ringworm is possible with a little bit of elbow grease

If you’re concerned about homes being a potential breeding ground of fungi after housing a ringworm cat, worry no longer.   Using data from a 10-year period, Karen Moriello identified 70 foster family homes where Microsporum canis infected cats had lived for different periods of time. (Microsporum canis is the fungi that is responsible for almost all ringworm infections.)   Using over-the-counter household detergents, a… Learn More

Calling all veterinary technicians: exciting spay/neuter opportunity in Puerto Rico!

Applications are now being accepted for a competitive and hands-on Maddie’s® Apprenticeship Program in Puerto Rico. This opportunity is open to licensed veterinary technicians, veterinary/medical assistants and other paraprofessionals at animal welfare organizations who are interested in gaining training and experience with high–quality, high-volume spay/neuter (HQHVSN) in a field setting.  This apprenticeship will be held over nine days during Maddie’s® Spayathon4PR HQHVSN Apprenticeship with the Maddie’s®… Learn More

Dr. Michael Blackwell is on a mission is to improve access to veterinary care

HSUS Animal Care Expo in New Orleans, LA, will soon be upon us! One important topic of conversation will be access to veterinary care, and there will be two sessions with Dr. Michael Blackwell that will tackle this important topic. His mission is to improve access to veterinary care, especially for families with limited means.… Learn More

Join us for a kitten webinar series, hosted by Million Cat Challenge

Kitten season will be here before you know it, and the Million Cat Challenge (MCC) wants you to have your most successful season yet. Which is why they are hosting three kitten-focused webinars in March to help you prepare. Kittens are a shelter’s most vulnerable population, and MCC wants to help you save as many as… Learn More

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14 animal welfare apprenticeship opportunities now open

Maddie’s ® Apprenticeship Program is now accepting applications for 14 opportunities, including the brand new Maddie’s® Volunteer Dog Handling Program Apprenticeship at Austin Pets Alive!. Improve your skills and expertise in volunteer engagement, medium and large dog fostering, ringworm care and more. There is an apprenticeship for everyone, and it includes a stipend to cover… Learn More

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#FeelGoodFriday: Veteran gets his beloved dog back

It’s a reality that is far too common. An owner relinquishes a pet because they cannot afford the costs associated with caring for a pet. David Randall surrendered his comfort dog, Maddie, to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) because she needed costly surgery that he couldn’t afford. Randall, who is also… Learn More

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