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Contributors.Acknowledgments.Introduction.SECTION 1: ANIMAL SHELTERS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS.Introduction.1. The Evolving Animal Shelter (Stephen Zawistowski and Julie Morris).2. Pet Population Dynamics and Animal Shelter Issues (Janet Scarlett).3. The Administrative Hurdles of Shelter Medicine (Bonnie Yoffe-Sharp).4. Legal Concerns for Shelters and Shelter Veterinarians (Charlotte Lacroix).SECTION 2: HUSBANDRY.Introduction.5. The Animal Shelter Building: Design and Maintenance of Healthy and Efficient Facility (Tom Johnson).6. Sanitation in the Animal Shelter (Nicholas Gilman).7. Nutritional Challenges for Shelter Animals (Linda P. Case and George C. Fahey. Jr.).8. Dog and Cat Care in the Animal Shelter (Lila Miller).9. Small Mammal Care in the Animal Shelter (Susan M. Prattis).10. Domestic Rabbit Care in the Animal Shelter (Susan M. Prattis).11. Avian Care in the Animal Shelter Environment (Fern Van Sant).12. Reptile Care in the Animal Shelter (Jorg Mayer and Janet C. Martin).13. Temporary Care of Wildlife in the Animal Shelter (Scott Diehl and Cheryl Diehl).14. Equine Care in the Animal Shelter (Holly Cheever).SECTION 3: DISEASE MANAGEMENT.Introduction.15. Implementing a Population Health Plan in an Animal Shelter: Goal Setting, Data Collection and Monitoring, and Policy Development (Kate F. Hurley).16. Infectious Diseases of Dogs and Cats (Janet Foley and Michael Bannasch).17. Vaccination Strategies in the Animal Shelter Environment (Richard B. Ford).18. Disease Recognition and Diagnostic Testing (Kate F. Hurley).SECTION 4: SHELTER AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS.Introduction.19. Animal Shelter Behavior Programs (Pamela Reid, Jill Goldman, and Stephen Zawistowski).20. Behavioral Pharmacotherapy in the Animal Shelter (Amy Marder and Michelle Posage).21. Foster Care in the Animal Shelter (Leslie Sinclair).22. Spray and Neuter Surgical Techniques for the Animal Shelter (Leslie D. Appel and Robert C. Hart).23. Feral Cat Management (Julie Levy).24. Euthanasia in the Animal Shelter (Leslie Sinclair).25. Disaster Medicine for Animal Shelter Veterinarians (Mark Lloyd).SECTION 5: ANIMAL CRUELTY.Introduction.26. Animal Cruelty, Abuse, and Neglect (Gary J. Patronek).27. Medical Evaluation and Documentation of Abuse in the Live Animal (Robert Reisman).28. Veterinary Forensics (Edward A. Leonard).29. Recognizing and Investigating Equine Abuse (Holly Cheever).30. Animal Fighting (Julie Dinnage, Kelley Bollen, and Scott Giacoppo).Appendix 1. Animal Welfare Organizations and General Information.Index.

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Lila Miller, DVM is the Director of Animal Sciences and Veterinary Advisor for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, New York, NY. Stephen Zawistowski, Ph.D is senior Vice President and Science Advisor of the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He joined the ASPCA in 1988 as vice president of education after an academic career tat included the University of Illinois, Indiana University and St. John's University in New York


Rarely has an animal welfare training manual been as comprehensive and cogent as this 546-page compilation of 30 practical essays. Although this book is ostensibly earmarked for the small but growing specialty of animal shelter veterinarians, the chapters have tremendous relevance to anyone who manages animal care and control shelters. This book should be a "bible" for anyone seeking to run a professional animal sheltering operation. Miller and Zawistowski, veterinary and science advisors, respectively, for the ASPCA, have assembled an impressive array of authorities, primarily from the veterinary field. The chapters include husbandry issues, such as nutritional challenges for shelter animals; care of dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, horses and small mammals; and the design and maintenance of healthy and efficient facilities. Four chapters discuss disease management. Seven chapters explore shelter and community programs such as behavior education, foster care, spay/neuter techniques, disaster medicine, feral cat management, and euthanasia. The introductory section includes a fascinating history of the evolution of animal shelters, a realist study of pet population dynamics, and the administrative and legal hurdles facing shelter vets. My primary interest in this book was the section on animal cruelty and its links to interpersonal violence, and I was most impressed. Chapters about animal abuse, the links, medical evaluation and documentation of animal abuse, veterinary forensics, equine abuse and animal fighting are extremely informative and truly ground breaking. Every shelter should have a copy of this book which, though expensive, presents a highly readable and useful guide for operations. It can easily form the basis for many staff training programs. (Reviewed by Phil Arkow, Chair, Animal Abuse & Family Violence Prevention Project, The Latham Foundation Reprinted courtesy of The Latham Letter, Vol XXVII, Number 2, Spring 2006, quarterly publication of The Latham Foundation for the Promotion of Humane Education www.latham.org)

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