Shelter Consultations
Helping Shelters be their Best

Through shelter consultations, 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.

If your organization is interested in shelter consultation services from Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program, please complete and submit the Request a Shelter Consultation form. A representative of Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program will contact you to discuss your request in more detail.

On-site Shelter Consultation Services

Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program

A full shelter health evaluation encompassing a wide range of sheltering topics including a hands-on look at shelter operations with consideration for the shelter’s mission and specific goals can be performed through an on-site consultation. Whether responding to community needs or working to become a model organization, we have worked with shelters of all shapes and sizes. We work to help find ways for shelter leadership and staff meet their goals and improve shelter animal health and well being.

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Consultation Topics

Our shelter consultation services examine shelter operations through the framework of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters. While each consultation is tailored to the specific needs of the shelter, systems to be evaluated would potentially include:

  • Preventive care (vaccines, parasite control)
  • Spay/neuter
  • Disease recognition and diagnosis
  • Treatment for common conditions
  • Fear Free Shelters
  • Behavior and enrichment
  • Community cat programs
  • High-intensity trap-neuter-return (TNR)
  • Pet retention safety net programs
  • Increasing adoptions
  • Transport programs
  • High-impact animal rescue/foster
  • Comprehensive shelter consultation

Shelter and Clinic Consultation Services

Maddie's® Million Pet Challenge

Thanks to the generosity of Maddie’s Fund®, the Maddie’s® Million Pet Challenge offers several opportunities all free of charge. Opportunities include a combination Access to Veterinary Care and Shelter Consultation, comprehensive shelter consultation, veterinary clinic consultation, and focused shelter consultation.

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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. With the support of Maddie’s Fund®, UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, the Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at UF, Open Door Veterinary Collective, and Team Shelter USA will mentor shelters and veterinary practices to deliver access to care through humane, community-centric programming both inside and outside of the shelter, and to achieve the right outcome for every pet.