Programs & Services Helping shelters and communities meet their life-saving goals

We provide assistance to animal shelters across a wide range of Shelter Medicine topics. Whether you’re dealing with an infectious disease, cleaning and disinfection protocols, enrichment and behavior policies, population management strategies, emergency response, or other animal welfare issues, we’re here to help!

Maddie’s® Million Pet Challenge

Maddie’s Million Pet Challenge is dedicated to helping communities build programs to keep families and their pets together, improve outcomes for all shelter pets, and assure that pets who already have families will receive the care they need.

Maddie's Million Pet Challenge, Teaming up for Pets and People

Shelter Consultations

Through shelter consultation, our program’s veterinarians are available to help animal shelters meet their life-saving goals while providing the best possible care for the animals. Faculty, advanced trainees, and staff are here to help shelters be their best.

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Disease Response in Animal Shelters

Get the help you need to prevent and manage disease outbreaks in your shelter

Forensics Conference

Florida Shelter Emergency Response

Every year the University of Florida shelter emergency response team is here to provide pre- and post-disaster assistance to shelters across the state. Learn what you can do to be prepared for hurricane season.

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Community Cats

Shelters and communities working together to reduce the number of free-roaming cats in communities as well as better serving cats in shelters and those that enter the shelter.

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Community Resources

Local animal shelter news, help for lost pets to find their way home, and how to keep pets safe during the holidays.

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