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

Maddies Apprenticeships

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

Mr. Randall and Maddie

#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

Maddie’s Summer Scholar researches why neonatal kittens suckle on littermates

If you’re familiar with neonatal kitten litters, you know that suckling is a common issue, and even leads to serious health problems. So why does it happen and how can we prevent it? With the help of Maddie’s® Summer Scholar program, Isabelle Walcher, a student the University of California, Davis, conducted research to find out.… Learn More

cat in a spay-neuter clinic

Study: Nonprofit spay/neuter is good for people, pets and communities

No one wants to see pets born who will end up homeless or unwanted. But in areas where veterinary practices are already facing a tough economic landscape, the opening of nonprofit spay/neuter clinics can feel threatening. Are those fears realistic? A new study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association suggests the… Learn More

cat at piano

Should you invite a string quartet to your spay/neuter clinic?

Cats, it turns out, really like classical music. And when veterinarians played Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings (Opus 11)” while cats were being spayed, the feline patients were less stressed out than when listening to other types of music, or no music at all. In what might be unwelcome news for rock fans, the cats… Learn More

Cat helping with laundry

How to clean and disinfect pet foster homes

Your foster caregivers provide a warm and safe place for their foster pets, but do they know how to properly clean and disinfect their homes? This is especially important when there is a sick foster in the house. Everything from how to clean, why, when and supplies needed are discussed in this 17-minute Flash Class,… Learn More

One of the survivors of the outbreak

Foster care saves lives when strep zoo hits animal shelter

Streptococcus zooepidemicus, known more commonly as strep zoo, is one of the most fearful respiratory diseases that can strike a shelter dog. How did the dogs at the Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson, AZ, escape it? Thanks to the swift response of the shelter medicine team and loving foster homes! “This is a truly… Learn More

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