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  • Just wanted to say thank you so much for these recordings -- I haven't been able to attend for a couple weeks and am so happy not to have to completely miss out on important information ❤️ #ThankstoMaddie ​ ------------------------------ Caitlin Quinn HeARTs Speak ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • If you could add a new position to your org chart, and cost was not a problem, what would you add? Is it a vet (or another vet)? A marketing/comms person? What is missing from your life-saving equation that you could dedicate someone to to really make a difference? If you could recommend to another shelter/ rescue one position they should add, what would it be? Here in Memphis, we are getting ready to add a Pet Reunification Specialist using grant funds to try and drive our low RTO rate up. We think having one person devoted exclusively to getting pets back to their families could be a game changer? #OrganizationalManagement ------------------------------ Alexis Pugh Director, Memphis Animal Services www.memphisanimalservices.com Organizational Management & Pet Support Services Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • If you are a Best Friends network partner, they have a really cool map feature as well that shows which shelter can take dogs, how many, etc. ------------------------------ Alexis Pugh Director, Memphis Animal Services www.memphisanimalservices.com Organizational Management & Pet Support Services Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Foster Issues for New Program

    This message was posted by a user wishing to remain anonymous Romy, Thank you so much for coming up with that program. I agree that it is definitely needed. I wish I had the answers to solve your problem. Are there any boarding facilities that may want to partner with you. I am so sorry to hear that the fosters have left you hanging. I know things are tough however hang in there and do not give up. Wishing you the absolute best of luck. View Discussion

  • Elizabeth, You should place Maine on your list. Many dogs here from Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas. ------------------------------ Christine D. Calder DVM Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Calder Veterinary Behavior Services www.caldervbs.com Veterinary Behaviorist Behavior Specialist, MPF ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Hi Karen, This: " How do you distinguish between confinement anxiety and separation anxiety when taking a history? " would be hard to do without video evidence. With these dogs it is often best to get them into foster so that you can better assess their behavior in a home environment. ------------------------------ Christine D. Calder DVM Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Calder Veterinary Behavior Services www.caldervbs.com Veterinary Behaviorist Behavior Specialist, MPF ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Dr. Calder, thanks so much for your response. I do wonder about confinement anxiety with this particular dog. The adopter lived in a studio apartment and couldn't really experiment with giving the dog access to a larger space. How do you distinguish between confinement anxiety and separation anxiety when taking a history? When dogs are returned for presumptive separation anxiety, we do try to get the adopter to describe the behaviors in very objective terms, and it would be great to know more about which symptoms tend to go with which syndrome. ------------------------------ Karen Baragona, CPDT-KA Training & Behavior Associate Animal Welfare League of Arlington (VA) ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Hi Karen. Perhaps reconsidering the shelter's approach to animals ringworm would avert the animals' suffering from being isolated and prevent the resulting anxiety problem altogether. I think it's important to remember that though ringworm is gross, it's basically just a rash, easily and cheaply treated (the name "ringworm" so let's call it tinea). Maybe your team could put tinea's gross factor aside (not as easy as it sounds!) and reexamine whether they think it's worth subjecting social animals to isolation over a rash. We're in South Texas, the ideal climate for tinea, so the dogs and cats we take in very often come with it. We treat them with one of the topicals if it's not severe and with oral terbinafine if it is severe. We don't let them come in physical contact with other animals but we do not isolate them. They stay with us until the rash has cleared which can be a few days to a couple weeks for the most severe. I've been infected a few times myself from handling dogs and cats (I don't let tinea stop me from showing them affection). My dermatologist tells me to use the over-the-counter topicals on my rash and encourages me to continue to work in the shelter. Good luck in addressing this problem at your shelter and thank you for the good work you do for the animals. Best, Pamela Buck Wilson County No-Kill Animal Shelter Wilson County Cats Floresville, TX ------------------------------ Pamela Buck Wilson County Cats ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Hello Karen, There have been some evidence of shelter dogs being at increased risk for separation anxiety. There was a study published in 2014 that looked at the effects of preadoption counseling on the prevention of separation anxiety in newly adopted shelter dogs (Herron et al). They found that brief preadoption counseling (description of SA clinical signs, food toy at departure, safe haven, exercise, downplay departure and arrivals, no punishment, and crate training instructions) did not prevent the occurrence of separation anxiety in dogs. Neither did other dogs in the home. Separation Related Problems can be complex and multifactorial. Some dogs have medical conditions, some confinement anxiety, some noise phobias/storm phobias that contribute or cause the behavior. In other words, these dogs often need a medical work-up with the veterinarian and often help from a veterinary behaviorist. To answer your questions, I do feel that long term confinement can contribute to separation related behaviors with confinement anxiety and not primarily separation anxiety being the most likely consequence. Obtaining behavioral help for these dogs is important as many need pharmaceuticals to reduce the anxiety or "panic" component of the behavior. Identifying the underlying cause will be needed before behavior modification can be considered. In regards to your ringworm question, I will let someone else answer that question. I am pretty sure that American Pets Alive has a unique ... View Discussion

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    RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    I am currently a cat volunteer and secretary on The Board of Directors with Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.) in Skokie. IL. What kind of Animal would I be? I know it is not the most creative answer, but I'm going with house cat. I can do what I want, when I want, and take long naps in sun puddles. ------------------------------ Diane Moe Community Animal Rescue Effort ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Thanks to the 219 live attendees this morning! The recording is now available to watch here . I've also attached a copy of the full agenda and chat file! If you have any questions for our speakers, please use this thread to continue the discussion. Have a great weekend! ------------------------------ Charlotte Otero Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund she/her ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Hi all. I'm wondering what our community knows about the impact of longterm medical isolation on behavior--particularly relating to separation anxiety. At the shelter where I work (on the behavior & training team), we have a young adolescent dog (8 months old at intake) who was picked up as a stray, tested positive for ringworm, and according to our vet protocols, had to go into medical isolation. We've had a tough time finding a foster placement for him because of ringworm's high transmissibility. So he has been in iso for more than 5 weeks now. He does have regular daily interactions (walks, play, etc.) with a few staff members, but most of the time he is alone. He was adopted on Monday 11/29 but returned 48 hours later due to behavior consistent with severe separation distress. According to the adopter, the dog panicked immediately whenever the adopter closed the bathroom door or the front door. He scraped so frantically that the adopter worried the dog would injure himself, and within a few moments damaged the wood on both doors. The adopter also reported that the dog had to be in physical contact with him at all times. He said he literally could not leave the dog alone for a minute, never mind being able to leave his apartment. We've started the dog on situational and daily anxiety meds and are seeking a foster who's willing to work with the issues reported by the adopter. So I'm wondering whether colleagues have seen much of this. Do you feel that long term iso can ... View Discussion

  • I'm looking forward to another great AAWA conference next week! Maddie's Fund will be sponsoring the "More Positive, Less Punitive: Finding Balance in Humane Law Enforcement" session on Thursday, Dec. 9th at 2:25pm ET featuring panelists @Justin Marceau , Steve MacKinnon and Mary Lou Randour. Who else is attending the virtual conference next week and from where? I'll be tuning in from Central Oregon with my pups. I really enjoyed the Unmuted Sessions from the last AAWA conference so I'll definitely be attending more of those sessions this time around. Are there any specific sessions I should also make sure I don't miss? Maddie's Fund has also provided scholarships to 25 attendees all #ThanksToMaddie. If you're one of the scholarship recipients we'd love to hear from you in the comments. Have a great weekend and see you virtually at the conference on Tuesday! ​​​​​ ------------------------------ Charlotte Otero Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund she/her ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Looking forward to the recording! ------------------------------ Jessica Schleder ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Join us at 8:00am Pacific on the Monday, 12/6 Shelter and Rescue Support call to learn how some of our peers across the country are successfully tackling bridging the gap between homeless services and animal services and revitalizing transport models to save more lives! Session One: Emma Perez-Singh, Riverside County Continuum of Care Administrative Manager is seeking to bridge the gap between homeless services and animal services through advocacy for co-sheltering, expanded homeless funding for veterinary care, pet boarding, and pet deposits/rental assistance. Join Emma as she discusses why pet ownership in the context of homelessness should not be viewed as a barrier to housing and what she has learned moving from the animal side to the people side of the work. Session Two: Since 2015, Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society (GMHS) has transferred more than 4,100 homeless pets to adoption-guaranteed partners through their Highway to Home program. Highway to Home Coordinator @Jessica Outten will share how deliberate planning enabled the program to save the lives of more than 1,500 pets during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how GMHS revitalized their transport model to remove barriers to transport, create sustainable partnerships, and fund transports to decrease length of stay and broaden life-saving reach. If your organization wants to create or expand an existing transport program, this session is for you. ​​ If you haven't joined one of the Monday calls yet ... View Discussion

  • UPDATE 12/3 1:06pm - Recording is now available to watch below plus the full agenda & resources shared have been added Agenda • Welcome – Kristen Hassen, American Pets Alive! • Next week’s call features Dr. Sheila Segurson and Jim Cosby: ‘A new way of looking at dog bites’ • Net week, wear your favorite animal welfare T-shirt! • Mary's Motivation - This is our 22nd month of Community Conversations and we have no plans for stopping. But we welcome your ideas for tweaking the meetings (are we doing this at the ideal time of day to include Hawaii, for example). Email smith@maddiesfund.org or drop a note on this thread in Maddie’s Pet Forum The key word in 2022 might be taken from Dr. Pizano’s book: collaboration. We have an opportunity to come together, and we don’t have to face challenges by ourselves as we work with our staff and our communities. Plus – stay tuned for a surprise announcement! Meanwhile have a wonderful holiday season! • National updates / shared links • Aspen Ranch in Oklahoma for events https://www.aspenranchok.com/ • HASS Peer Groups https://hass-net.americanpetsalive.org/job-alikes • December 15 webcast with Julie Levy and Monica Frenden-Tarant: Feline Leukemia Testing: One and Done for Everyone https://maddiesfund-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rDqqlMv6ScSoL6xYNitVDg • Best Friends Town Hall on Dec 9 with Dr. Kate Hurley – reducing shelter length of stays https://network.bestfriends.org/proven-strategies/best-friends-town-halls ... View Discussion

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    RE: Great community cat video!

    This is such an awesome video. Thanks for sharing it, Sara, and kudos to the Anderson County Animal Care and Control team! It appears we've got a bug with the video upload on your post and are working behind the scenes to fix it. 🤦‍♀️ For anyone trying to view the video: the video is viewable right now by clicking on "view attached" in Sarah's post above. UPDATE 5:27pm: FIXED! You can still use the "view attached" text or press play on the video preview above. Sorry for the inconvenience! ------------------------------ Kim Domerofski (she/her) Community Manager Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Foster Issues for New Program

    Hello all, At the beginning of 2021 I began a program in my community to help those going into transitional homes or shelters and unable to take their pets with them. There are no resources here for these people and the program is greatly needed. The program was well received and people signed up to foster, which is the crux of the program. But, when I followed up, most never even bothered to reply and the others soon disappeared as well. I am unable to compete with the well-funded shelters and rescues that have established foster programs. I have considered going through the non-profit process, but am not sure that would solve any issues in the long run. If anyone has any thoughts or insights, I would be grateful to learn more. Below is the program information.. https://www.eviealo.com/emergency-pet-care-program.html Thanks so much for your time! ------------------------------ Romy Maimon Emergency Pet Care Program ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Dogs Scared After Being Dropped Off At Shelter By Owner

    Is there any chance of putting them in an experienced foster home? Some shelters pay local trainers to do short-term boarding & training in their homes. Or even being in an office with a staff member for a few hours during the day? I worry that the trauma they're experiencing in the shelter right now could make it harder for them to learn new behaviors and could feed their reactivity. ------------------------------ Kelly Duer Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Dogs Scared After Being Dropped Off At Shelter By Owner

    Hello Anonymous. I do not recommend separating these dogs right now. 1. I think this: "Currently they are together in their own private area, a large area and access to an outside enclosed area." Is good but do they have somewhere they can hide? An covered kennel? Is the front of the kennel covered? Having the ability to hide from humans can help give these dogs a little control over their environment and time to adjust. 2. A " safe haven" may help in this situation : "They allow us to feed them and clean the room but if you approach them they huddle together on their bed and one or sometimes both begin to growl" and reduce growling. When cleaning are people tossing treats to them? not trying to interact with them but just toss treats as they move around the kennel and clean. The other option is to have them outside while you clean and then let them back in. 3. In regards to this: "One of our staff members has been able to get them out to walk them but he does not work everyday." Did they enjoy the walk or were they just shut down? What did their body language look like? Ears back? Tail tucked? Constantly scanning the environment? or were they refusing to move? Stiff and frozen? I think it is very important to assess how they feel about the walks because if they are not enjoying them then that could just be adding another stressor and not helpful. Nose work would be an activity they might enjoy. Nose work promotes exploration, is a form of enrichment, and can reduce ... View Discussion

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    RE: Dogs Scared After Being Dropped Off At Shelter By Owner

    Separation may be a good idea to try, or when their quarantine concerns are over, kenneling each with a stable and confident dog? Some other ideas: Try a smaller kennel, whether separately or together--something more denlike, where they're more likely to resign themselves to a person's presence. Is there an experienced volunteer or foster carer who could sit with them daily to do reading, studying, or online work? Try extending a walk into a trip for a treat. Hamburgers and puppachinos can work wonders. I would do it one at a time. Could someone try them on an overnight, singly or together, to see if they're more comfortable away from the shelter? I've seen totally cage-crazed cats turn into loving fluffballs in a few hours in a home environment. You didn't mention why they came into care. If it's possible to find out more about their life pre-shelter, it could have some keys to helping them. We've adopted and raised human teenagers, and the more you know about their past, the more tools you have to work with. Thank you for the effort you're obviously putting into helping this pair! ------------------------------ April King Volunteer and Board Member Kotor Kitties ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Free GoodPup Webinar: Debunking the myths of dog training, with Kait Hembree

    Hello! We are excited to invite you to our next webinar! In this session we will cover the fundamentals of Positive Reinforcement Training and debunk common myths associated with dog training! Over the past few months we've had hundreds of rescue and shelter staff attend our webinar series discussing topics important to shelters. We hope you will join us! This webinar will be hosted by Kait Hembree, Head of Training at GoodPup, on Thursday December 9 at 7pm ET . There is no cost to the individual or the rescue. Everyone from your organization is encouraged to attend. Feel free to share this information far and wide! Register on our website: https://goodpup.com/shelters https://goodpup.com/shelters Or at Eventbrite. Thank you. #Behavior,TrainingandEnrichment #Conferences,WorkshopsandWebcasts #EducationandTraining ------------------------------ Allie Mayer GoodPup ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Dogs Scared After Being Dropped Off At Shelter By Owner

    I would personally recommend separating to see if you see improvement! Sometimes sibling pairs can get severe codependency and will only look to each other for comfort. If you separate them you may see them looking to people for affection instead or you may severe severe separation anxiety behavior. could you send them to foster? A foster home may be able to get them out of their shell even more as well! ------------------------------ Haley VanDeWalle Capital Humane Society ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Shelter Dog Field Trip Program

    Thank you Marissa! We color code the dogs, similar to your level structure and were thinking along those same lines. Some dogs will be candidates and some won't depending on behavior. We live in a community with leash laws that are a bit different. Dogs have to be under voice control and within eye contact, so we have a lot of off leash dogs (and of course, not everyone follows those rules)...it complicates things a bit for sure. Thanks again, I really appreciate the shared information! ------------------------------ Erin Ellis Community Engagement Director Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe --------- Volunteer & Community Partnerships Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Dogs Scared After Being Dropped Off At Shelter By Owner

    This message was posted by a user wishing to remain anonymous Anonymous, Thank you for this post. Thank you so much for taking those dogs in. You and your team are in a tough situation and I feel for you all. I think that you should try to separate them and see how it goes. The ultimate goal is to keep everyone. I have seen instances somewhat like this where the animals do feed off of one another and that makes it very difficult to feed, walk, interact or socialize with these dogs. I think at this point trying it definitely worth it and will be benficial to you and your team. View Discussion

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    RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Mary Lou, Welcome to te community. I have been to Aliquippa a few times in my life. I am from Ohio and had family there. I adore Greyhounds. I fell in love with them when I worked at a doggy daycare a while ago. They are absolutely adorable. Welcome!!! Marissa ------------------------------ Marissa Reid Clinic Director LifeLine Animal Project ----------------- Access To Care Specialist Clinic Management Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Jeanette, Welcome to this amazing community. Thank you for sharing. I must admit that I do love woodpeckers. I think they are truly amazing little creatures. Marissa ------------------------------ Marissa Reid Clinic Director LifeLine Animal Project ----------------- Access To Care Specialist Clinic Management Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Sarah, Welcome to this wonderful community. I acted as volunteer coordinator for a while at one of our old locations and it is not an easy job. Thank you for all you do. ------------------------------ Marissa Reid Clinic Director LifeLine Animal Project ----------------- Access To Care Specialist Clinic Management Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Sara, Welcome to this amazing community. Thanks so much for sharing. ------------------------------ Marissa Reid Clinic Director LifeLine Animal Project ----------------- Access To Care Specialist Clinic Management Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Rishav, Welcome! It is awesome that you are a writer and very cool that you are working on a children's book. I hope that you find lots of helpful information in this wonderful community. ------------------------------ Marissa Reid Clinic Director LifeLine Animal Project ----------------- Access To Care Specialist Clinic Management Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Shelter Dog Field Trip Program

    Erin, This is a great idea. At our shelter we have dogs that are separated by levels ( level 1,2,3). Level 3 dogs usually canot attend field trips bcause of behavior. Our volunteers have levels as well. We usually try to match the levels with pets and volunteers so level 1 volunteers can only handle level 1 dogs and as they learn more and receive more training they can level up. We can identify the levels because volunteers wear aprons while they are here and the aprons are color coded by level and the cage cards for the animals that show the levels have those same colors. I hope this helps a bit. ------------------------------ Marissa Reid Clinic Director LifeLine Animal Project ----------------- Access To Care Specialist Clinic Management Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Welcome @Cyndy D'Agostine ! Thanks for all you do at the shelter, it's not easy doing that kind of work in a rural area. I love why you want to be a turtle. I never thought of them like that before, but you're right, it would be so nice to have a safe space shell wherever you travel! ​ ------------------------------ Rene Agredano Tripawds ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Hi, I'm from Bostwick, FL, a very rural town in Putnam County FL. I'm a volunteer at SAFE Pet Rescue. I walk dogs, transport animals, foster and when needed clean kennels at the shelter. Prior to SAFE taking over the facility I was the office manager at The Human Society of Northeast Florida where I wore many hats. Loved my job. I always thought if I came back I'd like to be a turtle. I spent many a summer at a lake and enjoyed watching the turtles sunbathe on a log. I thought how peaceful it would be. Plus you could always crawl back in to your shell if need be. ------------------------------ Cyndy D'Agostine SAFE PET RESCUE. INC. ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Dogs Scared After Being Dropped Off At Shelter By Owner

    This message was posted by a user wishing to remain anonymous Our rescue recently took in a brother and sister medium size dogs who are petrified if you approach them. Currently they are together in their own private area, a large area and access to an outside enclosed area. They allow us to feed them and clean the room but if you approach them they huddle together on their bed and one or sometimes both begin to growl. One of our staff members has been able to get them out to walk them but he does not work everyday. We have sat with them, talked to them but still no luck. Would it be a good idea to separate them as it seems they are feeding off one another? We only have 2 staff members daily with over 35 animals to care for with volunteer dog walkers coming in 3-5 days a week. Any recommendations would be appreciated. #AdmissionsandIntake(includingIntake-to-placement) #Behavior,TrainingandEnrichment View Discussion

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    RE: Resources for rescues/shelters looking for transport partners.

    Following this as well; I adopted my own dog from a rescue in Puget Sound in Washington, and they transported her up north from California. I'm also looking at what locations outside of Texas that would be good to partner with to move dogs to for their forever homes. ------------------------------ Cindy Scherban Spirit Animal Project ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Foster Phone and burnout

    This is such a great question: foster team is the highest burnout role that we have, because we offer surround-sound support for our fosters. For this reason, we have a team of 3 foster coordinators (and are looking to add a 4th). For both ease and protection of our team's mental health, ALL of our communication happens through FB. In order for someone to adopt/foster through us, they must AT LEAST download FB messenger to their phone. They do NOT get our teams private phone numbers. When someone comes on as an approved f/a, our team starts a group chat with them. All members of the foster team (or adoption team, if it's an adopter) are added, as well as other team as it's necessary (medical, if there's a medical issue, training if there's a behavior issue). That way, people can be added/taken out as they're interested in the dog, or as a dog moved from f to a, and when the dog is adopted the convo is archived but acts as a history if the dog needs to come back to us or we need to remember a detail. We also have a very robust FB group for ALL fosters and adopters, past and present, where they can ask a question, pose a problem, and one of us can respond quickly and/or tag relevant team members. ------------------------------ Britt Bolnick Pittie Posse Rescue & Sanctuary ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Resources for rescues/shelters looking for transport partners.

    Thank you! I have a list of states known for being low on shelter animals so I've been contacting every shelter that looks low capacity. Its so tedious i guess i was just trying to look for an easier way haha. thank you for this! Washington wasn't on my list. this is what i have so far: Wyoming Kansas West Virginia Montana Nebraska Nevada North Dakota Rhode Island South Dakota and now western Washington ------------------------------ Elizabeth OQuinn Humane Society Of Southeast Texas ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Resources for rescues/shelters looking for transport partners.

    Thank you ! this is exactly what i was needing! ------------------------------ Elizabeth OQuinn Humane Society Of Southeast Texas ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • If you join the American Pets Alive! Shelter and Rescue Support Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/AmPAShelterRescueSupport) there is an excel spreadsheet on there created by Katy Harmon that is updated with groups able to pull and groups needing transfer help. Not sure if the link will work if you're not in the group but here it is https://docs.google.com/.../1-1zSGTKQbSbii8N9JknZ.../edit... ------------------------------ Michelle Reardon ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Great community cat video!

    I am so proud of the team at the Anderson County animal shelter in Kentucky. They embraced funding from the Joanie Bernard Foundation several years ago and started a community cat program. This is small, rural, under-sourced shelter but the creative videos by manager, Zach Cotton, are first rate world class! Take a look! #CommunityCatManagement #MarketingandSocialMedia ------------------------------ Sara Pizano ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Resources for rescues/shelters looking for transport partners.

    I can't name specific shelters in need of a partner, but I know that shelters and rescues in the Western Washington area, particularly in the Seattle-Tacoma area, bring in dogs from Texas, California, and other areas fairly often. You may not find an immediate outlet, but could start to build a relationship/connection. Good luck with it! I have tried to find a partner for Montenegrin animals, but the risks with international transfer are too much for groups to take on, especially when there are so many animals here in the US needing homes. ------------------------------ April King Volunteer and Board Member Kotor Kitties ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Shelter Dog Field Trip Program

    This is great, thank you Kelly! ------------------------------ Erin Ellis Community Engagement Director Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe --------- Volunteer & Community Partnerships Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    HASS Foster Collaboratory Meeting: Holiday Foster

    The Foster Working Group for HASS (Human Animal Support Services) is hosting monthly "collaboratives" to present guidance from experts, also answer questions and talk through sticky issues. Staff from several different organizations will talk with us about holiday foster programs they've run. We'll learn what the logistics look like, how they market it and what the results have been for their organizations. Speakers: Aly Martinez, Foster Coordinator, Pensacola Humane Society Michelle Harmon, Foster Supervisor, Lifeline Animal Project Chris Hawkes, OC Shelter Pets All shelter/rescue staff and/or volunteers are welcome. Date & Time: Monday, December 6, 2021 12:30pm-1:30pm ET Register here to get a Zoom link to the meeting. The meeting will be recorded. #FosterPrograms ------------------------------ Kelly Duer Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Shelter Dog Field Trip Program

    Hi Erin, I have some resources for you! A few are attached. There are also a few short videos on orgs' programs in Louisville , Fredericksburg, VA and in Austin, TX . You can find some SOPs and other documents from several orgs' field trip programs in this folder . ------------------------------ Kelly Duer Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Resources for rescues/shelters looking for transport partners.

    I work at a shelter in an area thats overflowing with homeless/surrendered animals, i keep seeing threads talking about northern states that need more animals but i havent seen a thread with specific rescues/shelters looking for transport partners. i have 26 dogs ready to be transported and im in dire need of new partners that are needing more animals. all of my partners now are in my state, or in a location thats overpopulated also. if anyone has any resources for me it would be very appreciated, we have so many waitlists and we had to close our intake and stop taking from our local animal control because of the overwhelming amount of animals being surrendered. we are a no kill shelter so the animals that have been here for a while are putting our intakes behind, i know these babies would get adopted in a heartbeat if they could be exposed to more people. #TransfersandTransport ------------------------------ Elizabeth OQuinn Humane Society Of Southeast Texas ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Shelter Dog Field Trip Program

    Hi There, We are looking to add a field trip program for our shelter dogs. We used to have one a long time ago, but due to some volunteer issues we had to reevaluate and stop offering the program. We'd like to bring it back, but want to make sure we are doing it in the safest way possible. For those of you with a shelter dog field trip program, how do you run yours, what rules/guidelines do you have volunteers follow, how do you select which dogs are candidates of your program as well as volunteers you select to be candidates and lastly, how is the program managed? Thanks! #Behavior,TrainingandEnrichment #PeopleManagement(includingVolunteerIntegration) ------------------------------ Erin Ellis Community Engagement Director Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe --------- Volunteer & Community Partnerships Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • My name is Rishav and I am a novelist. I have written fan fiction for years in addition to original contemporary romance and romantic suspense stories. I am currently working on a stand-alone full-length animal book for kids. My current goals are to finish the first full-length book and then complete at least three books in the series. I have been joining various animal volunteer opportunities in the state as well as abroad. Recently, I adopted a 31-pound cat Milo and a rescued dog in Oklahoma. Recently, I have contributed my inputs to a blog on pet cameras for my colleague Tuba. I have joined this forum to learn more about animal welfare and complete my three books in the series. ------------------------------ Rishav Mills Infotech ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    What has saving more cats meant to you?

    Hi Friends, You might have already received this email in your box, but we wanted to be sure everyone has an opportunity to contribute and share their story. So many of you joined the animal welfare community at a time when only 1 out of every 4 cats that entered a shelter would leave alive. Today, more than 8 out of every 10 cats that enter a shelter in the US will return to their home or be adopted. 3.6 million souls were saved on your watch during this campaign alone! We're planning a big celebration of the Million Cat Challenge and the professionals that make this movement possible (you!) and we'd like to hear in your words what it means to you to be closing out another year of saving more cats than ever before. For many, we can imagine you'll raise a glass around your holiday table and toast the kitten lives saved through foster and ringworm programs, or the FIV and URI cats your shelter was able to transfer in . For others, you might include on your list of gratitudes the things you didn't have to do because there was finally a better way, another option that didn't include euthanizing a healthy cat or kitten. We want to hear what this feels like and what it means to you personally. How has sparing millions of feline souls changed your life? Here's how you can share: Email your story to: allthecats@millioncatchallenge.org Record an audio clip on your cell phone and email us! (Don't be afraid to ask us how. We'd love to help!) Send in a ... View Discussion

  • 1-2%. We don't test cats being TNR'd (unless needed to diagnose illness), but we do test 100% of cats being put up for adoption. ------------------------------ Laura Burns HubCats ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Congratulations Amy! What a cool thing to open the sanctuary and give these cats a chance. You have a heart of gold. Welcome! ------------------------------ Rene Agredano Tripawds ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Hi! Oh, my what a great group. I am not so computer savvy but I think I have done this correctly!! - Where are you from? (city, state, organization, etc.) I am Amy Fisher from a small, country town named Carencro in Southwest Louisiana. The town is located between Lafayette and Opelousas in the heart of Cajun Country. Almost a year ago I opened Positively Cats Sanctuary for FeLV and FIV positive cats to offer the local Vets and Rescues an alternative to euthanasia. - What do you do? (your job, volunteer position, life's calling, etc.) Positively Cats Sanctus a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Many people have volunteered and helped me to get started and to care for the cats who now reside in the 1-room house. I also have a part time job at a local high volume, low cost Spay/Neuter clinic. I am retired from nursing (of the human kind) and I take care of the feeding, cleaning, medicating and loving on the cats and kittens until they are well and socialized and ready for adoption. It's kind of like the work I do at home for fosters, ferals, sanctuary residents and my pets. I just do the same things in several places and with different kitties. The big difference is I am the director of the Sanctuary, I am the caregiver to my own cats, I am the mom-cat to the fosters and I am the greeter and the first smiling face someone sees when they bring their pets to be spayed or neutered and thus becoming a part of the solution instead of staying a part of the pet overpopulation. ... View Discussion

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    RE: HASS Behavior Job-Alike Group

    HI everyone, Thanks to those of you who were able to join us when we talked about Resource Guarding in last Thursday's job-alike group meeting. For those of you interested in the recording, here it is: https://youtu.be/qHQZmcEOXYw Here's a copy of the slides for those who are interested: Dogs who Resource Guard And lastly, here's a few of the research articles i referenced (and others that i didn't): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1VesRoOeYDnMgjw0zhG6G98iz0fADOPcY?usp=sharing Thx everyone! If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything related to this topic, we'd love to hear from you - just reply to this message. Sheila ------------------------------ Sheila Segurson, DVM Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Maddie's Fund 9258608284 ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Webcast: Feline Leukemia Testing: One and Done for Everyone - December 15

    I'm looking forward to sharing this new information! Guess this: How many cats with FeLV pass through animal shelters in a year? (Hint: shelters take in about 2 million cats in a year) ------------------------------ Julie Levy Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Thank you, Alison! If you have burning FeLV questions you want to submit in advance to make sure we cover, drop me a line! ------------------------------ Monica Frenden-Tarant Maddie's® Director of Feline Lifesaving American Pets Alive! ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: How many of you schedule intake appointments?

    Marissa, Excellent! I agree. Scheduling helps to triage and provide support to help keep the pet in the home is possible. Many times people make split decisions about their pets and then regret their choices later. I see this with behavioral euthanasia as well (behavior clients). It is wonderful that you offer so many resources! I understand that some will still come and dump the animals too which is unfortunate. Hopefully, there is still opportunity there to educate and many times those are the animals that may need the sanctuary of the shelter the most. ------------------------------ Christine D. Calder DVM Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Calder Veterinary Behavior Services www.caldervbs.com Veterinary Behaviorist Behavior Specialist, MPF ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Thank you to our presenter, Eric Ridgway, for helping us learn what we can do to protect ourselves and survive an environment that isn't always one of appreciation! I have added this morning's call recording , agenda and shared resources to the post and attached the chat log. Missed a call? View past calls or share them with others ​ ------------------------------ Kim Domerofski (she/her) Community Manager Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • In 2020, the AAFP released new retrovirus testing guidelines that recommend one quality point of care test then moving forward with a live-outcome pathway. In accordance, Austin Pets Alive! , home of the most robust FeLV adoption program in the world, changed its FeLV testing protocols. No more serum testing. No more "confirmation" testing. What does this mean in practice, how do we pathway plan for cats with different diagnoses, and why is this the new recommendation? Join Monica Frenden-Tarant and Dr. Julie Levy as they break down the latest guidelines and tell you everything you need to know about testing for feline leukemia. Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 12n Pacific / 3pm Eastern Register here This webinar will be recorded and has been pre-approved for 1.0 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits by The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and by the National Animal Care & Control Association. This program has been submitted (but is not yet approved) for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.​​ #CommunityCatManagement #EducationandTraining #Medicine,SurgeryandSterilization ------------------------------ alison gibson ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: How many of you schedule intake appointments?

    Christine, This is a great question. at one of our shelters we do try our best to schedule an appointment for a few reasons and the main ones being we are short staffed. When a person calls and wants to surrender we try to find out the root cause of the " want" to surrender. We refer the client to our community support team to see if we can offer more resources before a surrender. An exmaple would be if the client wants to surrender because the animal has a medical issue then the community support team will refer them to our low cost full service clinic and community support team will cover the exam fee and that gets the client in the door. If there is a medical issue then the staff at the clinic ( usually myself) will speak with the vet, figure out the issue and get an estimate. Based on the estimate I then have a conversation with the client about the animals condition and disucc payment options whether it be care credit, scratch pay or a potential payment plan or the client just make a small deposit and the clinic covers the rest of the bill. We also have been able to help through the safety net foster program and also offering resources souch as dog food, dog houses and dewormer. I have foudn it some what helpful having clients schedule an appointment because if gives them a little more time to think bout it and gives us a chance to offer more resources. However that also has a down side as well as clients will still just show up and they also may dump the animal as ... View Discussion

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    RE: Shelter Sound System

    Thank you, Kim! I will definitely watch this. I have a sound engineer coming to do a walk-through next week, too. Hoping to make a big difference in a QUIET way! Erin Hooks Director of Development Humane Society of Catawba County erin@catawbahumane.org (828) 464-8878 View Discussion

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  • Well said, Rain!! I love this post ❤️ sheila ------------------------------ Sheila Segurson, DVM Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Maddie's Fund 9258608284 ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Shelter Sound System

    Erin, There was a great session I attended during the ASPCA-AAWA Research Forum on November 3rd called " Measuring & Minimizing Sound in Shelters to Improve Cat Welfare ". The presenter was Bailey Eagan from the University of British Columbia Animal Welfare Program. I know you didn't specifically ask about cats but this presentation was SO good and included a lot of actionable items to help reduce stress. I highly recommend it! In addition to music, the presentation touched on other sources of noise like dishes, doors, cabinets, human voices, and cage reverberations and included ways to mitigate them. The session is available to watch for free at ASPCAOnline (Again, I highly recommend!). Here's how: go to https://www.aspcaonline.org/#/catalog if you don't already have an account on ASPCAOnline, sign up for a free account to get access if you're not brought back to that catalog page after you register, go back to https://www.aspcaonline.org/#/catalog select ASPCA-AAWA Research Forum click "Enroll" under "Measuring & Minimizing Sound in Shelters To..." I love that you're looking for ways to help the animals and people who visit your shelter and hope this is a helpful resource for you! ------------------------------ Kim Domerofski (she/her) Community Manager Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • My comments were not intended to be directed to any one person or organization, but rather were intended to be encouragement for all of us to reconsider what it means to be humane, effective, and innovative. I believe that "lifesaving" can only be so if it is a lifelong practice through each saved animal's life. And I believe that lifelong lifesaving depends on animal-centric, anti-aversives innovations that including modification of human behavior, rather than focus solely on modification of the animal's behavior. So that's what the previous response was all about. -- Rain Jordan, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP Fearful Dogs Specialist CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email communication contains confidential information that is legally privileged. Any disclosure, copying, dissemination, distribution, or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of this email except its direct delivery to the intended recipient is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that your receipt of this email and/or any included attachments was not intended by the sender and that your possession, use, and/or sharing of this information is prohibited. If you have received this email in error, please notify us immediately by telephone at ( 831)239-9417 and destroy all copies of the email and any attachments. View Discussion

  • Food for Thought: I would like to see a serious rise in professional inclusiveness by the big decision makers in this industry. It is crucial to work to gain the guidance of those with boots on the ground expertise in their fields, of those who are not merely 'effective' but equally if not more importantly, anti-aversive, and who often have knowledge and skills beyond what is currently being touted as standard. This level of innovation will come not from those typically consulted, but from areas, organizations, and animal behavior professionals (such as CBCC-KAs and CDBCs) not already part of the animal welfare in-crowd, so to speak. Pets/animals are the losers so long as knowledge sharing is only from within the established echo-chamber. Innovation requires that we seek and welcome experience, ideas, and practices developed outside our own confirmation biases. Indicators of something innovative in truly humane animal work should include all of these, together: 1) an anti-aversive commitment, 2) lifelong animal safety/feeling safe as the priority, and 3) a long-term effectiveness that is more than surface level, that results from including the animal's emotional/mental as well as physical needs in planning and implementation. Too often something is judged effective based on its short term appearance of having provided human -desired results that are often not natural nor lasting but rather are suppressive, or on insider popularity/name recognition of who is claiming ... View Discussion

  • I would like to see a serious rise in professional inclusiveness by the big decision makers in this industry. It is crucial to work to gain the guidance of those with boots on the ground expertise in their fields, of those who are not merely 'effective' but equally if not more importantly, anti-aversive, and who often have knowledge and skills beyond what is currently being touted as standard. This level of innovation will come not from those typically consulted, but from areas, organizations, and animal behavior professionals (such as CBCC-KAs and CDBCs) not already part of the animal welfare in-crowd, so to speak. Pets/animals are the losers so long as knowledge sharing is only from within the established echo-chamber. Innovation requires that we seek and welcome experience, ideas, and practices developed outside our own confirmation biases. Indicators of something innovative in truly humane animal work should include all of these, together: 1) an anti-aversive commitment, 2) lifelong animal safety/feeling safe as the priority, and 3) a long-term, effectiveness that is more than surface level, that results from the animal's emotional/mental as well as physical needs being supported. Too often something is judged effective based on its short term appearance of having provided human -desired results that are often not natural nor lasting but rather are suppressive, or on insider popularity/name recognition of who is claiming it effective, while ignoring other important ... View Discussion

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  • Thanks to the 155 attendees who joined us live this morning! If you missed today's call, you can watch the recording available on YouTube , read through the full agenda, national updates and resources below. Attached you'll also find a copy of the chat file. As a reminder we are not meeting next week and hope you enjoy some time off. Call Recap • No Friday meeting on November 26th. Happy Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Day! • Welcome – Kristen Hassen, American Pets Alive! QOTD: What is the one thing you are most looking forward to over the holidays? • Mary's Motivation: Mary has been watching the PBS documentary American Veteran about the experiences of veterans across the "arc of history." Yesterday's episode was called "The Reckoning." She encouraged us to look up the definition of reckoning. A lot of the experiences the veterans shared were things that could really help her as she tries to relate, communicate and empathize with people whose experiences are so different than her own. As we try to figure out how in our field to connect with our communities – how do we get beyond the walls of the shelters – she feels there is a solution to our challenges when she tries to look outside of herself. The problem and the solution do not look anything at all alike and that can be confounding – but don't give up, let's continue to move forward. It is November which in her house is gratitude month. She is so grateful that we all continue to show up for each other, for ... View Discussion

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    Webcast: Innovative ways to work with at-risk dogs

    Discover techniques to help dogs with challenging behaviors at the next Best Friends Town Hall: Innovative Ways to Work with At-Risk Dogs. On Thursday, December 2, our Best Friends panel will share how a pilot program helped challenging dogs progress safely and develop positive relationships with humans. Find out more and register here: https://bit.ly/3krw3ZW #AdmissionsandIntake(includingIntake-to-placement) #AdoptionsandAdoptionPrograms #Behavior,TrainingandEnrichment #CommunityPartnerships* #DataandTechnology #Diversity,Equity,InclusionandJustice #EducationandTraining #FieldServicesandPublicSafety* #FosterPrograms #MarketingandSocialMedia #PetSupportServices* #Rehoming #ReturntoHome(LostPetReunification) #TransfersandTransport ------------------------------ Kayla Sebo Best Friends Animal Society ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Updated on 11/22/21 at 3:35pm PDT with call recording, agenda and shared resources Agenda Reminder: No meeting November 29 – holiday break! Welcome – Bobby Mann bobby.mann@americanpetsalive.org Guest Co-host: Mandy Evans, Executive Director, Better Together Animal Alliance Home-to-home https://home-home.org/rehome/ Is it time to hit the brand refresh button? – webcast with Mandy Evans and Melanie Sadek https://university.maddiesfund.org/products/is-it-time-to-hit-the-brand-refresh-button#tab-product_tab_overview QOTW by Mary Ippoliti-Smith: What is your favorite Star Trek team? Mary's Monday Motivation Picard tips on Twitter; the importance of taking time off (Maddie’s Fund Director of Operations Shelly Thompson submits a calendar of PTO dates for the coming 6-months every January 2 – which is great for not only Shelly, but it also helps Mary know when to provide coverage). Better Allies offers great tips and guidance on leadership https://betterallies.com/ National Updates PetCoLove - apply for FREE vaccines for owned pets, here: https://petcolove.fluxx.io/ Watch Maddie’s® Candid Conversations with Dr. Michael Blackwell https://maddies.fund/candidconvodrblackwell Today's Presenter: Eric Ridgway, LCPC, NCC, Counselor and Founder of the Human Connection Resources/related links Being Resilient During Difficult Times http://peopleareanimalstoo.com/2020/05/episode-22-being-resilient-during-difficult-times-with-eric-ridgway/ ... View Discussion

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    How many of you schedule intake appointments?

    Out of curiosity, how many of you schedule intake appointments at your shelter? How far out do you book these appointments? Do you have any discussion before surrender? Do they fill out a surrender form or intake form before they arrive, the day of surrender, or never? #AdmissionsandIntake(includingIntake-to-placement) #Behavior,TrainingandEnrichment ------------------------------ Christine D. Calder DVM Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Calder Veterinary Behavior Services www.caldervbs.com Veterinary Behaviorist Behavior Specialist, MPF ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Shelter Sound System

    Hi Erin, Good question. We used echo dots that we could turn on and off remotely for this purpose. When it comes to what type of music classical music has some indications that it might be a beneficial form of auditory enrichment so do audiobooks. You will have to monitor the feedback from the animals as to determine their preferences. We had some dogs that liked Jazz and a cat who seemed to enjoy Harry Potter audiobooks in our shelter. ------------------------------ Christine D. Calder DVM Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Calder Veterinary Behavior Services www.caldervbs.com Veterinary Behaviorist Behavior Specialist, MPF ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • A gift from Shelterluv ! If you're a Shelterluv customer and using our Shelterpay mobile checkout, donation boost, and widget goodies, here's a present to help with donations . Custom graphics for onsite giving or social media posts - just in time for the #GivingSeason . Best part? You can customize it yourself, or we'll do it FOR you! Check out this article for more details. And if you want to get your Shelterpay features set up before seasonal giving heats up, let us know - just email help@shelterluv.com to get started! Here are examples of the printable flyer and online graphic templates: #FundraisingandDevelopment ------------------------------ Sarah Rueli Shelterluv - Growth Manager ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Updated 11/19 at 1pm: Recording is now available to watch below! ---Original Post--- Hello! We hope you'll join us tomorrow for our Animal Welfare Leadership Roundup Call at 8am PT . We will update this thread with the recording and chat notes if you're unable to make the live meeting. You can also use this thread to ask any questions to our presenters we didn't get to during the call or ones that you thought of after. Agenda Session One: Mihaela Negrescu from Mars Central Europe will continue our international presentations. She will be sharing about animal welfare in Romania, where free-roaming dogs pose unique challenges for dog management. Session Two: DC Cat Count: Establishing Common Ground for Collaboration & Cat Population Management @Lisa LaFontaine , President and CEO, Humane Rescue Alliance Dr. @John Boone , Great Basin Bird Observatory , Reno, Nevada Dr. Tyler Flockhart, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science , Appalachian Laboratory, Frostburg, Maryland Join DC Cat Count researchers to learn about the outcomes of the DC Cat Count and how you can apply them in your community. They adapted techniques from population biology and ecology studies to produce groundbreaking research quantifying outdoor, owned, and shelter cat populations in Washington, D.C., which generated the most intensive urban cat dataset ever created. The goal of this project is to develop humane, data-driven ... View Discussion

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    RE: Contracts with Outside Organizations

    Our situation is that we are the city shelter, and up until recently the humane society shared our space. When dogs transferred to them for adoption, they stayed in our facility and we continued to care for them. They just did the adoptions. We had a contract with them outlining each organization's roles. Now that they have their own facility, we are still transferring dogs to them, but they have requested a new contract. I'm trying to find a government shelter that has a contract with a humane society with their own facility that covers animal transfers. ------------------------------ Tracy Mohr Animal Services Manager City of Chico Animal Services 5308945630 ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Shelter Sound System

    We are interested in setting up a sound system for the shelter where we can "pipe in" calming (and of course seasonal!) music to all the animals and people in the shelter. Does anyone have experience putting in a system? We are hoping we can do it all "bluetooth" with limited wiring. Our shelter is mostly cinderblock. Does anyone have experience with this? Have you found specific types of music that help calm the shelter animals? Thank you! #Behavior,TrainingandEnrichment ------------------------------ Erin Hooks ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Contracts with Outside Organizations

    Hello Im in charge of intake/transport here at the humane society in my town, we work with multiple recues & local animal control all the time and we never have any contracts with our partners. I'm not sure if its like this at everylocation, but i do know we do not go out and do rescues ourselves, so we really need these local rescues to go out and save these animals from the streets. teamwork makes the dream work! to become a partner with us, we usually just take down your information and put you in the system as a partner. we prioritize our partners especially if they have animals they pull from the euthanasia list/rescued from abuse. I would reach out to your local intake coordinator for the humane society and ask to be a partner! View Discussion

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    RE: Contracts with Outside Organizations

    We are a nonprofit with a contract with a municipal agency. We have a very unique makeup. We share the shelter we're in with two municipal agencies and take 100% of the animals that come in to the shelter (as long as they're not deemed dangerous or are suffering from incurable pain or illness, which doesn't happen often). We're been in partnership with the Town of Truckee Animal Services for over 20yrs and have a formal contract with them. We also share our building with Eastern Placer County Animal Control. We operate all programs and services (outreach, education, pet therapy, adoptions, etc). It's been a great partnership for a long time! ------------------------------ Erin Ellis Community Engagement Director Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe --------- Volunteer & Community Partnerships Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • If the condition is something we plan to treat (say, a broken leg, dental work, etc) we let the animal go home as a pre-adopt, or foster-to-adopt, and have the adopter return to our clinic for services. We have a contract addendum outlining what those medical services are that we will (and will not) provide, and the adopter meets with a DVM or the clinic manager at the final stage of adoption to ensure they have received responsible medical advice and have all of their questions answered. For animals with serious ongoing conditions we are treating and the adopter will need to continue, we have a medical consult process in which the adopter also gets to meet with a DVM for the same process. We find it helps the adopter feel confident about the care and condition, and it helps us feel secure that we've provided the right education and any training the adopter might need. ------------------------------ Monica Frenden-Tarant Maddie's® Director of Feline Lifesaving American Pets Alive! ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Hello! My name is Lori, and I am from the tiny town of Marathon, Texas ~ located in the beautiful Big Bend region of far West Texas. I volunteer with the Marathon Animal Shelter and serve as the Vice President/Operations on the Board of Directors. Being a life-long animal lover, this is a super rewarding way for me to spend my 'free time'. If I could be any animal, I think I would be nighthawk. I love the idea of soaring through the not-so-crowed night sky and then coming back to rest just as the morning sun is warming my roost. ♥ ------------------------------ Lori Benavidez Marathon Animal Shelter ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Inventory control system for pharmaceuticals

    Serena, This is a great question. I have used Cubex at a previous for profit clinic that I worked at a few years ago and it was awesome. It made things much easier to track for inventory purposes. When I used it you had to use your fingerprint to access the system and input the pets name and then the owner would pop up. Once located the owner you had to verify the script and once you verified what medication, shampoo or supplement you needed then a portion of the cubex would light up and then a small section would open up (where the actual product was located) and then once the doors were secure the lights would go out and the open doors would lock and you had to do this process for each pet and each medication. I know the process seems long but it was actually quick and efficient. It did help track products and eliminated confusion with being sure the right meds were dispensed and to the correct pet etc. With the cases being locked it did help eliminate theft and mishandling of meds so overall it was a good system. At my current clinic we do not use this system as it is a little too expensive for us at this time. Right now we use our clinic software (Vetter) to track all of our inventory and it is done by our trainer and clinic supervisor, and myself and our medical director oversee it. I should have mentioned before that my current clinic is a low cost spay/neuter clinic, low cost full service clinic and shelter all in one building. I hope this information is helpful. ... View Discussion

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  • Alexis, This is an awesome question. I will be honest these cases are very tricky to deal with especially since we are in roles where we try not to pass judgement on anyone willing to provide a loving home to a pet. Typically in these situations we have a few people that we know will foster "medical " cases until the animal is well enough to make it to the adoption process. We try to consider all aspects of the situation when it comes to these medical cases. We try to focus on asking certain key questions when considering medical adoptions. Once these core questions are asked then we try to make the best decision for the animal. Majority of the time when we have these cases we tend to take a FTA ( foster to adopt) approach until the animal is healed, treatment is complete and/or all rechecks are finished and the animal is better shape. If an animal has a broken leg these are some of the questions we ask: 1. Do you have stairs? 2. Have you ever dealt with an animal with a broken limb? 3. Do you have an active lifestyle (hiking, climbing,running)? If so, do you agree to not allow this pet to participate in these activities until it is healed? 4. Do you agree to bring this animal to all future medical, recheck appointments? 5. Are there other pets in the home? We add anything else we think is important to ask. I think that overall I have not found a right or wrong way to handle these situations. Most often we try to use our best judgement and make sure that we are ... View Discussion

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    RE: Contracts with Outside Organizations

    We work organically with a local humane society to help with taking animals from us. They are a great partner and we haven't had a need for a contract with them. ------------------------------ Annette G. Ramirez Assistant General Manager Los Angeles Animal Services 213-482-9558 ------- Field Services and Public Safety & Laws and Public Policy Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Contracts with Outside Organizations

    We do not have a contract with our local humane society, and they do not really take animals from us. To be honest, I have never even thought about suggesting a contract, but will definitely be interested to hear other responses on this thread about how that works! ------------------------------ Alexis Pugh Director, Memphis Animal Services www.memphisanimalservices.com Organizational Management & Pet Support Services Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • What does your organization do when you have an animal with a broken leg, or other injury or illness that requires advanced care? Do you allow public adopters to adopt? If so, are there forms they must sign, veterinary reference letters required, or follow-up checks on medical care conducted? We are trying to balance being open about adoptions but also ensuring the adopter is prepared for the medical expenses they may face, and that the pet will receive the needed care. and would love to hear best practices from other organizations that are doing this well. #AdoptionsandAdoptionPrograms #Medicine,SurgeryandSterilization ------------------------------ Alexis Pugh Director, Memphis Animal Services www.memphisanimalservices.com Organizational Management & Pet Support Services Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • "In 2017 we created a full-time position dedicated to fosters and rescues, and saw our kitten mortality rate drop by 89% that Spring." I am echoing the importance of prioritizing foster positions. I work with so many organizations where the foster coordinator is also tasked with rescue, medical exams, marketing, adoptions, you name it. If you want to grow your foster base, this person needs to dedicate their time toward program expansion, recruitment, foster satisfaction, etc. Also, one person alone cannot responsibly oversee thousands of animals in foster. The high-level foster position, ideally, creates a structure underneath them to assist with this. But having that role solely dedicated to building a foster program is paramount, especially as we all strive to have the majority of our animals in foster homes rather than the shelter. I love that you were able to capture a metric of success with that, Alexis! ------------------------------ Monica Frenden-Tarant Maddie's® Director of Feline Lifesaving American Pets Alive! ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: HASS Behavior Job-Alike Group

    Hi everyone, Here's a reminder about the HASS Behavior Job-Alike Meeting this Thursday, where we'll be talking about resource guarding - latest research results, results from the survey some of you completed (thank you, we know its a complicated issue and the survey was challenging to complete), and recommendations. Register for the meeting here. Once you register and add the meeting to your calendar, you'll automatically be registered for future monthly meetings. Thanks! sheila ------------------------------ Sheila Segurson, DVM Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Maddie's Fund 9258608284 ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Webcast: Maddie's Candid Conversation with Dr. Michael J. Blackwell

    Hi April. Thank you much for sharing your story. Your approach is what is needed, i.e., a focus on people, pets/animals, and their ecosystem (One Health). Community Connections says a lot. There is a force that places different groups on the same mission. There is joy when we meet one another. Nice to meet you, April. Michael ------------------------------ Michael J Blackwell, DVM, MPH, FNAP Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS (Ret.) Director, Program for Pet Health Equity Center for Behavioral Health Research https://pphe.utk.edu ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • What a way to start a Monday! We had 145 participants on the call this morning (thank you!) sharing what their one magical power would be, learning about AAPP (not to be confused with AARP), and getting an update on national foster care research. The post has been updated with the video recording of the call , agenda and shared resources. I've attached the Dog & Cat Foster Care in the United States - 2020 Survey Report (comparing results to the 2018 survey) that @Kelly Duer shared on the call. I'm also attaching the chat file showing the chat that happened during the call including some really creative answers to the question of the day: "If you had one magical power, what would it be?" What would YOURS be? My magical power would be the "Kind Snap": when I see someone being rude/unkind/hurtful/bigoted, I snap my fingers, time rewinds and their words or actions are magically reframed to be compassionate and kind. Snap! 💗 ​​​ ------------------------------ Kim Domerofski (she/her) Community Manager Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Hi everyone! So nice to meet you all. I'm from Kitsap Humane Society in Silverdale, WA - just a ferry ride away from Seattle and nestled in between the Olympic Mountains and the Puget Sound! We've got a phenomenal view of Mt. Rainier from the hill just up from our shelter, which you can see on a very clear day. I am the Director of Marketing and will be celebrating my one-year anniversary at KHS this Thursday, Nov 18! I've been in animal welfare off and on since 2014. If I could be any animal, I'd want to be a Peregrine falcon. I'd love to be able to fly! They are super fast and can be found almost everywhere on earth, plus, the females of the species are up to 30% larger than the males - wow! I first learned about peregrine falcons when I was a kid - I was obsessed with the book My Side of the Mountain where the main character had a companion peregrine falcon named Frightful. I desperately wished I could live in a tree in the forest with a bird sidekick! ------------------------------ Victoria Gingrey Kitsap Humane Society ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Webcast: Learn how to successfully market your hard to place pets!

    There's still time to register for the free Best Friends Town Hall event - Successfully Marketing and Adopting Hard-to-Place Pets . Register today to join us live this Thursday, November 18. The presentation will feature ways to break down barriers and build new possibilities for the pets most often overlooked. A live Q&A will follow the presentation. Register here: https://bit.ly/3H8EEu4 https://bit.ly/3H8EEu4 Zoom Video Communications Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Successfully Marketing and Adopting Hard-to-Place Pets. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. Join us for this town hall to learn how to break down barriers and build new possibilities for the pets most often overlooked. You'll hear from Caitlin Quinn, Director of Operations at HeARTs Speak, and Tori Fugate, Chief Communications Officer at KC Pet Project. View this on Zoom Video Communications > #AdoptionsandAdoptionPrograms #EducationandTraining #FosterPrograms #MarketingandSocialMedia #PetSupportServices* #Rehoming #TransfersandTransport ------------------------------ Kayla Sebo Best Friends Animal Society ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Thank you, Dr. Blackwell, for your inspiring life example and innovative thinking! After a decades-long break from animal welfare work, I re-engaged in 2018 to start the first spay-neuter program in the small Balkan country of Montenegro....from my home in Seattle. The initial organizing, messaging, and email work I did I called "kitty social work", because even dealing with street animals, it's all about the relationships they have with the people who feed and care for them. They are family! As we developed our website and had to articulate our work for the world, our team changed the name to "Community Connections," but the sentiment is still the same: our project is about the animals AND the people who care for them. Then I stumbled onto your work, Maddie's Fund, and HASS, and realized I'm not alone in trying to work this out, keep families together, and support the families that these animals are a well-loved part of. Thank you again! ------------------------------ April King Volunteer and Board Member Kotor Kitties ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Leaving a toxic organization

    Anonymous, Thank you for this post and for your honesty. I must let you know that I can identify with what you are feeling. I must applaud you for puting your mental health and sanity first and realizing when it is time to walk away. My experience is that I worked at a place and they offered great services to the community and they had a ver nice building however things internally were a MESS. Accountability was obsolete and no matter how much " good" I brought to the table it was never enough and the harder I tried to save ad fix things I felt s though all my efforts were overshadowed by the stubborn, unilling to hear/listen to change and new ideas, bull headed higher ups. Through that experience I learned that no matter how hard I try I will never be able to save the world. I realized that I cannot change anyone or make them listen to me. I learned that what I want and desire for these animals is not the same view that others have. I learned that this work is HARD. I learned that there is a time to stay and there is a time to walk away and protecting your mental health and peace is the number one priority. You will never be able to help the animals if you do not care for yourself FIRST. You owe it to yourself to take cae of you. I think that you should give it some time and once you have stepped away and have had time to think you should send a letter or an email and let the board know how you feel. I think that you should state facts, say things like ' I feel" ... View Discussion

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  • Alexis, Thank you for providing this wonderful information. I love the idea of treating your org chart as a living, breathing document because it is so vitally important. Our org charts are what help us really narrow down what positions we need to elevate, create and expand so that we can continue to do this life saving work in a manner that is sustainable to us all. Thank you for this valuable feedback. ------------------------------ Marissa Reid Clinic Director LifeLine Animal Project ----------------- Access To Care Specialist Clinic Management Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Blue Mountain Humane Society is searching for a new CEO

    BMHS offers a fabulous opportunity to lead a dynamic, meaningful organization that creates happiness by bringing pets and people together. Leading the Blue Mountain Humane Society is an enriching, rewarding experience that affects the whole community every day. Walla Walla, WA is a very special, very livable community that offers a terrific quality of life for families, couples and singles alike. Everything you want is here! Read on! MISSION and VALUES Blue Mountain Humane Society's mission is to prevent cruelty, promote kindness and to foster the human-animal bond. Our vision is to end pet overpopulation and homelessness and to inspire a compassionate community. Blue Mountain Humane Society was founded in 1967 by a group of local residents committed to creating positive outcomes for animals in the Walla Walla Valley. Over the years, the Society has grown and evolved to include a humane, state-of-the-art, no-kill shelter facility designed to serve companion animals. We work to educate, inform, and equip our community with the tools required to accomplish our ultimate goal: to end pet overpopulation and homelessness in the Walla Walla Valley. In addition to sheltered animals, we provide animal control services in rural Walla Walla County, including cruelty and neglect investigations to ensure that animals have homes with responsible, committed caregivers. For our community, we offer subsidized spay/neuter surgeries for income-qualified families. We also provide ... View Discussion

  • One thing I have learned over the years is that it is critically important to treat your organizational chart as a living, breathing document. Human capital is our most valuable commodity (particularly with the staffing crisis we have all been facing lately) and so being agile with what your staff is doing and moving roles as the needs of your community change is so important. Probably my most significant org chart changes were: In 2017 we created a full-time position dedicated to fosters and rescues, and saw our kitten mortality rate drop by 89% that Spring. In 2020, the creation of 2 dedicated Pet Resource Specialists to provide assistance to pet owners so they could keep their pets rather than surrendering them to the shelter. Year to date in 2021, these 2 specialists have fielded/ assisted nearly 6,000 families with resources. What were your best additions/ changes to your org chart? What position would you love to create or change and what is keeping you from doing it? #OrganizationalManagement ------------------------------ Alexis Pugh Director, Memphis Animal Services www.memphisanimalservices.com Organizational Management & Pet Support Services Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Covid Welfare Survey: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Covid Welfare centered on ...

    Hello AW Community, I added an update, the survey will close during mid to late January. Please share to your animal shelter and control colleagues! Warm Regards Sharmaine ------------------------------ Sharmaine Miller Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Thank you Lisa. I made it myself. But my husband's business lets me offer custom orders through it, here: https://www.bestfriendsbox.com/keepsakes Here's a photo of my much-missed boy, too. -- Rain Jordan, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP Fearful Dogs Specialist View Discussion

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    RE: Remembering our pets that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge

    How beautiful. May I ask where you had that made? ------------------------------ Lisa Girardot Colorado Animal Rescue 970-947-9173 ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Launched today, the 2020 Data Explorer is an interactive tool featuring data from more than 3,300 brick-and-mortar shelters. Designed with the animal welfare industry in mind, it provides greater access to data by region and the option to download customized reports to assist with data-based lifesaving decisions. Explore the shelter data now here: https://bit.ly/2020dataexplorer Bestfriends State of US Animal Sheltering, 2020 Data Explorer | National Shelter Data State of US Animal Sheltering, 2020 Data Explorer The default view on the landing page shows national data. Click on each tile to flip it over and view the details. To see a custom view by state or county, click the "Explore Shelter Data" button at the bottom of the page to be taken to a data selection page. View this on Bestfriends > #AccesstoCare #AdmissionsandIntake(includingIntake-to-placement) #AdoptionsandAdoptionPrograms #Behavior,TrainingandEnrichment #CaseManagement* #CommunityCatManagement #CommunityPartnerships* #Conferences,WorkshopsandSeminars #DataandTechnology #DisasterRelief #Diversity,Equity,InclusionandJustice #EducationandTraining #FieldServicesandPublicSafety* #FosterPrograms #FundraisingandDevelopment #LawsandPublicPolicy #MarketingandSocialMedia #Medicine,SurgeryandSterilization #OrganizationalManagement #PeopleManagement(includingVolunteerIntegration) ... View Discussion

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    RE: Canine Distemper Neurological and Lung phase

    I am so sorry that your puppy didn't make it, Natalia. It never seems to get easier when one doesn't survive, does it? I'm happy to know someone now in Georgia! Maybe someday I'll be able to take a road trip from Montenegro and visit some of the nearby countries. I have friends in Bulgaria, Ukraine, and Romania, but you are the first person I've met who is in Georgia. Are you on Facebook? Best wishes to your and your mother, and thank you for trying to save the magical puppy! The puppy I found in a Montenegrin dump and raised from about 4 weeks old has survived. Miraculously, I got him out of Montenegro, despite COVID, cancelled flights, and closed borders, but my husband wouldn't let me keep him. A friend of mine here in Seattle adopted him, so I'm lucky to get frequent photos and updates on him. Take care, ------------------------------ April King Volunteer and Board Member Kotor Kitties ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Canine Distemper Neurological and Lung phase

    You have to have a prescription to buy Diazepam or Phenobarbital here. Yes, I am from Georgia(country). I am in many groups on social media but I and my mom rescued a puppy and brought her to our home. It was not our first rescue but the first one with Distemper, it's already two months now, but we are still devastated. She was a magical puppy with a supermind. ------------------------------ Natalie J NA ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Canine Distemper Neurological and Lung phase

    Are you also in Georgia, then? So cool! Are you affiliated with an animal group there? I coordinate a spay-neuter program in Montenegro, and try to spend at least half the year there. So I realize the state of animal welfare and resources there. Phenobarbitol is illegal. There's a very short formulary of drugs that the outsiders like myself are pushing to expand! A friend's mother died in the hospital of a pneumonia that there were no drugs for. The daughter was desperately trying black market sources, to no avail. That was 2019, pre-COVID! Interestingly, even the FIP miracle cure can be found there now, with many thousand euros to pay for it! Hope the puppy makes it! ------------------------------ April King Volunteer and Board Member Kotor Kitties ------------------------------ View Discussion