Increasing the life-saving capacity of animal shelters and communities through education, shelter outreach, and development of new knowledge


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Joint Statement from UW and UCD Shelter Medicine Programs on Commitment to Fighting Against Systemic Oppression

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Shelter Medicine Program and the University of California-Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program stand in solidarity in the fight against systemic oppression in our country. We share the heartbreak and anger sparked by the murder of George Floyd. We abhor the violence directed against Black, Indigenous, and other people of color that happens every single day, and the other forms of oppression that seep into everyday interactions in universities and animal shelters as they do anywhere else.

We also honor the deep commitment to caring and compassion expressed by so many in the animal welfare and veterinary professions. To be part of the solution to the violence and racism that threaten our society is a natural expression of that caring. At the same time, we recognize that inequality is embedded in our field as it is throughout our society. People of color disproportionately perform the hardest and lowest paid work in many shelters, and marginalized communities bear the brunt of animal management practices that perpetuate systemic inequalities. 

As individuals, many of us have protested policies and practices we don’t agree with and advocated for a more just and kind society. The size and passion of the protests that have erupted in the wake of George Floyd’s murder may be a once-in-a-generation moment to affect change collectively. 

We have work to do, and we are committed to doing that work.

Read more about our commitments here.

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Shelter Medicine Programs endorse NACA Statement on Animal Control Functions During the COVID-19 Pandemic- 3/20/20

University of Wisconsin-Madison Shelter Medicine Program, University of California-Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, University of Florida Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, Dr. Jeanette O’Quin of The Ohio State University, and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians wholeheartedly support and recommend animal control agencies and animal shelters follow the recommendations found in the recently released statement "Animal Control Functions During the COVID-19 Pandemic" from the National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) .

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Animal Services' Role in COVID-19 Support

Animal shelters are being impacted by the current COVID pandemic. There are many questions about pets and coronaviruses including COVID-19, what role animal services should play in the pandemic and what services and medical procedures are essential and how to safely take in pets that have been exposed to humans infected with COVID-19. Read our information sheet on COVID-19 and Animal Services for more information and protocols you can use.

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UW Shelter Medicine Program Strategizes with Franklin County Dog Shelter

How can caring for fewer dogs each day mean you're helping more dogs? How can dog care tasks be done in less time but with better results? These scenarios and more were explained to the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center in a report from the University of Wisconsin Shelter Medicine Program (UWSMP) following an outbreak of distemper at the shelter in Columbus, Ohio.

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