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Now more than ever, animal welfare workers need strategies for compassion fatigue

Published: Aug 6th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the problem of compassion fatigue in the helping professions, including animal welfare.

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COVID-19: How shelters can open safely for staff and the public

Published: Jul 21st, 2020

While many shelters and clinics never completely closed during the strictest phases of COVID precautions, they’re all facing the challenge of relaxing those restrictions while the virus is still spreading.

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What we’re reading about diversity and equity in animal welfare

Published: Jul 1st, 2020

Animal shelters and rescue groups – like the veterinary profession – have long lacked diversity in leadership, staff, and volunteers, who are overwhelmingly white, female, and prosperous. There is ample evidence that this lack of inclusivity prevents shelters from fully serving the needs of their community.

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Florida animal shelters set lifesaving record in 2019

Published: Jun 22nd, 2020

Florida’s animal shelters collectively pushed dog and cat lifesaving to a new milestone in 2019.

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When shelters shut down, cats got lucky

Published: Jun 10th, 2020

With many animal shelters closed to intake due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for their cats to get a housing upgrade.

Let’s hear it for the Shelter Medicine Grads of 2020!

Let’s hear it for the Shelter Medicine Grads of 2020!

Published: Jun 2nd, 2020

Congratulations to all 34 amazing shelter medicine students at Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida!

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COVID-19: Animal shelters to receive #SpayTogether funds

Published: Jun 1st, 2020

More than 25 national organizations have joined forces to launch #SpayTogether, a stimulus fund to help animal shelters and veterinary clinics perform 50,000 lifesaving spay/neuter surgeries.

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Navigating anesthetic drug shortages in shelters after COVID

Published: May 28th, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, widespread drug shortages are currently impacting all healthcare providers, including animal shelters and nonprofit veterinary clinics. What does your organization need to know?

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WATCH: Caring for COVID-19 Exposed Pets in Shelters

Published: May 21st, 2020

In this recorded webinar, Dr. Sandra Newbury, Director of University of Wisconsin’s Shelter Medicine Program, gives practical guidance for essential shelter workers caring for pets who have been exposed to COVID-19.

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COVID-19: #AdoptFromHome with the ASPCA

Published: May 13th, 2020

Is your shelter or rescue organization struggling to connect pets and adopters during the pandemic? The ASPCA can help!