Great Lakes Animal Welfare Newsletter
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4 low-cost ways to improve quality of life for shelter animals
By Katelin Thomas, Director of Behavioral Health Services
Even in the best shelter environments, animals experience an incredible amount of stress and anxiety.
While some animals may enter the shelter system struggling with pre-existing behavior issues, others come in healthy but begin to display problematic behaviors over time due to chronic stress or psychological decline. Sadly, despite the fact that many of these issues would not be seen in a home environment, they often prevent the animal from having a positive outcome due to the types of issues that arise from chronic stress, such as reactivity and aggression.
More For You
By Dr. Shirene Cece, Director of Forensics
In 2021, Michigan Humane launched a compassion fostering program (Safety Net Fostering). This program provides foster homes for animals in need of temporary housing and is designed to be a support system for families experiencing a housing crisis, medical procedures requiring time out of the home, or other temporary status that inhibits caring for a pet with all other alternatives exhausted.
Occupational Hazards in Shelter Medicine
By Dr. Jeanette O’Quin
There are hazards in every work environment, and shelters have several unique to those working with animals. This video discusses chemical, biological, and physical hazards that are commonly found in shelters and introduce measures to reduce those risks.
By Dr. Jeanette O’Quin
There are many infectious diseases that can be transmitted from animals to people. This video discusses general zoonotic disease prevention methods and delves into specific recommendations for a few diseases, including rabies and ringworm.
Spring Conference For Animal Welfare Advancement
The Animal Welfare Advancement’s spring conference returns in-person June 15-17, 2022 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Ill. Online registration is available until June 15.
UF College of Veterinary Medicine Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program
Helping shelters prevent and respond to disease outbreaks.
UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program
Includes free, downloadable guidebooks on canine parvovirus, feline panleukopenia, raising underage kittens, and ringworm.
Association of Shelter Veterinarians
Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters –Originally published in 2010 and designed to help shelters stay up to date on evidence-based care for shelter animals, they are currently under review with an update anticipated in late 2022.
The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement
Access a library of on-demand webinars by registering as a free learning non-member.