Articles: animal shelters

Adopting a Shelter Cat

People are adopting cats from shelters and rescues in record numbers. According to the ASPCA over 1.6 million cats and kittens annually. Further evidence is the Million Cat Challenge. The Million Cat Challenge was originally launched to save the lives of one million shelter cats in North America. Exceeding all expectations, the more than 1,500…

Dr. Mark Goldstein – Versatile Veterinarian Has Done It All: From Elephants to Shelter Dogs

Dr. Mark Goldstein is as versatile as a veterinarian can get, with the longest book title ever: “Lions and Tigers and Hamsters: What Animals Large and Small Taught Me About Life, Love, and Humanity.” He’s done it all: collecting semen from rhinos (which he explains) and a lowland gorilla, he was once nearly killed by…

Emotional Health of Shelter Dogs

At the Conference of the Animal Behavior Society, I met Dr. Erica Feuerbacher, assistant professor of Companion Animal Welfare and Behavior in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at Virginia Tech. Her talk at the conference was great, and I was thrilled when I heard she’d come on my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet…

Million Cat Challenge and Dr. Kate Hurley

It’s called the Million Cat Challenge, and Dr. Kare Hurley, director of Koret Shelter Medicine Program University of California Davis explains on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. They exceeded their expectations – by FAR! Dr.Hurley is talks about paying attention in a new way to the cats’ environments, and meeting their needs…

Keep Canines Calm at an Animal Shelter on July 4

Here are some fireworks facts: Many pets are frightened, and even terrified. And many pets are lost as a result. They’re kept outside in the yard, panic and run off. Some pets are tethered to ropes or chains and even choke to death. As a result, shelter intake of lost pets increases around the country.…

California Dog Flu Outbreak Impacting Shelters

Dog flu is here, at least in California. There’s an outbreak of the H3N2 strain at Oakland Animal Services with (so far) 70 of the 110 dogs in their care identified with flu. At the Dublin, CA East Bay SPCA about 20 dogs have been exposed. The shelters are working together to quarantine the affected…

Adopt Pluto: One Tail at a Time and CRISP Gala

Pluto appeared with Steve Cochran and myself on WGN Radio and CLTV – and impressed everyone. But did we find him a forever home? We will – and spreading the world will help, a lot!  Cara Schwalbach, development director of One Tail at a Time talks about how we will never know why Pluto was…

Adopt Pluto on WGN Radio with Steve Cochran

It seems Pluto, a Shih Tzu-mix,  is the perfect name for this amiable little dog. Pluto was pulled from Chicago Animal Care and Control by One Tail at a Time and delivered to a foster family. Foster families are quite heroic giving all animals a more comfortable place to be than a shelter. Even the…

Dog Flu Outbreak Hits Oakland Animal Services

Ignoring the dog flu or canine influenza virus can lead to consequences. And right now Oakland Animal Services is paying the price with occurrences of the fu. To be clear this is a factor of not enough individuals vaccinating in the community; the shelter did nothing wrong. If on intake they accept a dog harboring…

SPCA Puerto Vallarta: What Would You Do?

Compassion has no boundaries. What would you do? A dog is spotted in arid land just outside Puerto Vallarta. A closer look reveals that even one more day outdoors, and Dusty – as the dog was named – would surely have died of starvation. The SPCA Puerto Vallarta’s mission is to save lives. How could…

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