The Birds and the Bees…..

As many shelters have encountered, hoarding situations are often not limited to cats and dogs.  So staff can sometimes be faced with determining housing based on sex to avoid adding to the pet population. Although some exotic species are very social and being housed together can reduce stress, it’s important to be able to sex Read More…

Don’t Be A Martyr

One of the top priorities of shelter staff is the prevention of illness and spread of disease among the shelter population. Strong emphasis is put on cleaning and disinfection, personal protection equipment, low-stress environments, and safe animal handling. But when considering the shelter population, most staff fail to make the same commitment to keeping themselves Read More…

A Safe Place

Traditionally, cats have been at the forefront when it comes to providing a space to hide. It has been well documented that by having a box or carrier to freely hang out in, their stress level can be reduced significantly. In turn, by lowering their stress level we reduce their risk of becoming ill. But Read More…

HSVMA RAVS: Life changing

I’ve been participating in a wonderful and compassionate organization known as RAVS since 2010. RAVS, an acronym for Rural Area Veterinary Services, is part of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and brings veterinary services to rural communities. Community members not only face financial impediments to veterinary care, but geographic location often makes it impossible Read More…

Assessing Anesthetic Needs for the Clinic

Those shelters that offer spay/neuter services may find themselves mulling over the ideal anesthetic protocol. What we’ve encountered is that there are a lot of variables to consider when developing a protocol tailored to your shelter’s needs. The constant variables remain the same among all clinics – adequate anesthesia, adequate analgesia, minimal stress and wide Read More…

Variety is the Spice of Life

Just when you think you’ve got the routine down, a very small patient shows up on your surgery list. Next thing you know you find yourself researching anesthetic protocols for rats. Most shelters require dogs and cats to be spayed or neutered prior to adoption. Should we have the same recommendation for rats? Well, when Read More…