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, please complete and submit a shelter consultation application. A representative of the Shelter Medicine Program and Maddie’s® Million Pet Challenge team will contact you to discuss your request in more detail.

On-site Shelter Consultation Services

Shelter Medicine Program

Working with the Maddie's® Million Pet Challenge team, 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

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