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  • PetSmart Charities offers grants to keep pets out of shelters
    PetSmart Charities wants to help keep pets out of shelters through two grant opportunities open for application through June 30, 2017. Intake Diversion Grant The first opportunity “focuses on reducing pet homelessness by helping organizations make wellness services, behavioral training and education more accessible to pet parents.” These may include: Community-based programs aimed at... Read more »
  • Canine influenza confirmed in 8 states; should shelters and rescue groups be vaccinating?
    A multi-state outbreak of the highly contagious H3N2 canine influenza virus has now been confirmed in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, and Illinois. Animal shelters and rescue groups have been contacting the Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at UF as well as other shelter medicine programs around... Read more »
  • What animal shelters need to know right now about canine influenza
    With the announcement by the Florida State Veterinarian of the first confirmed outbreak of canine influenza H3N2 (CIV H3N2) in the state, other confirmed cases this March in California, and last year’s outbreaks in Chicago and a number of other states, this highly contagious disease needs to be on the... Read more »
  • Memorial Day: Honoring fallen military dog teams
    They search for explosives, protect each other, patrol territory, search for the enemy, and find drugs. They’re military K-9 teams, and they serve wherever the U.S. Armed Forces are present. And like other soldiers, their lives are sometimes lost. There are currently around 2,700 military dog and handler teams on active... Read more »
  • How shelter communications can turn a parvo outbreak from crisis to positive outcome
    Does an outbreak of parvovirus need to be a crisis in your shelter? No, said Dr. Lesli Groshong, Chief Shelter Veterinarian for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, at the 2012 Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Conference at University of Florida. As a shelter that accepts large transfers of puppies from high risk... Read more »

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