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An observational study of the relationship between Capacity for Care as an animal shelter management model and cat health, adoption and death in three animal shelters

Animal shelters struggle to function at their ‘right size’ in terms of physical, staffing and outcome capacity, especially with seasonal fluctuations in cat intake. To address this, a Capacity for Care (C4C) management model was devised to balance health and welfare requirements of all animals while maintaining or improving goals for positive outcomes, such as adoption or transfer. In this observational study of three shelters, applying the C4C management system gave each organization an optimal average daily shelter cat population target and helped each shelter to increase the size of their feline housing units.

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Should my shelter be vaccinating dogs for Canine Influenza (CIV)?

Dr. Dines discusses the considerations for use of influenza vaccination in a shelter setting

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When using accelerated hydrogen peroxide (Rescue) for sanitation does it need to be rinsed?

Many shelters are now using accelerated hydrogen peroxide (Rescue) for sanitation for several reasons, including its ability to function as both detergent and disinfectant, its broad spectrum of activity and more. Another benefit is the fact that it does not require rinsing. Dr. Karsten discusses why it is actually preferable NOT to rinse when using accelerated hydrogen peroxide.

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