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WATCH: Spay/Neuter in the COVID Era, and more

Published: Apr 6th, 2020

Hear the latest national guidance on the role of spay/neuter during the pandemic and how programs are navigating these unprecedented times.

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UPDATED 3/30/20: Important COVID-19 information for animal shelters

Published: Mar 30th, 2020

The Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida continues to monitor the developing situation as animal shelters cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.


Why must we suspend spay-neuter surgery during the pandemic

Published: Mar 29th, 2020

The public health emergency that is upon all of us with COVID-19 calls all of us to action.

Online learning for shelter and rescue workers

Published: Mar 25th, 2020

Shelter/rescue staff and volunteers have an opportunity to take advantage of many online educational options — mostly free — for the animal welfare community.

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COVID-19: What animal shelters need to know about the new coronavirus

Published: Mar 3rd, 2020

With the emergence of a novel coronavirus, COVID-19, as a global pandemic threat, animal shelters may be faced with a number of difficult challenges.

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Study: Shelter surrender may begin at home for cats

Published: Feb 26th, 2020

A new study suggests problems with the home environment of pet cats are a major source of welfare concerns for cats and may increase the risk of shelter surrender.

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Totally Rocking Our World: Team Shelter Med!

Published: Feb 19th, 2020

Deploying a team with expertise in shelter medicine takes disaster response to a new level—and helps bring lifesaving solutions. Just ask the University of Florida’s Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program.

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Breaking down barriers and saving lives in Florida’s animal shelters

Published: Feb 10th, 2020

Thanks to the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at UF and the Million Cat Challenge, Florida animal shelters looking to increase lifesaving now have their very own barrier-busters.

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Study: Enrichment and human interaction can reduce fear aggression in shelter dogs

Published: Jan 28th, 2020

The stress of entering a shelter may cause otherwise non-aggressive dogs to display aggressive behavior. Is there anything shelters can do to mitigate this problem?

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Taking TNR to a new level with a Florida Animal Friend license plate grant

Published: Jan 23rd, 2020

When you purchase a Florida Animal Friend license plate, $25 of every plate sold goes directly to fund organizations across the state who offer free or low-cost spay and neuter services.