Association of Shelter Veterinarians
The ASV is a critical resource for shelter veterinarians. It offers leadership, paradigm shifts, information and community. Membership is open to veterinarians and veterinary students. If you join only one organization, it should be this one.
Maddie’s Fund, named for a beloved dog, is a family foundation that awards grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter medicine education, and pet adoptions in the U.S. Maddie’s Fund “is the fulfillment of a promise to an inspirational dog and the creation of a goal towards achieving a no-kill nation where all healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats are guaranteed a loving home.”
Koret Shelter Medicine
The Koret Shelter Medicine Program at the School of Veterinary Medicine,
University of California-Davis, provides a searchable reference library with a wealth of information about shelter medicine, as well as the Virtual Consultant, a web-based tool that helps shelters assess their operations and provides guidance on how to improve.
“ASPCA Pro provides tools and resources for animal welfare professionals and volunteers at public and private agencies and rescue groups, as well as veterinarians, law enforcement and emergency responders.”
There’s a lot of very useful material for shelter medicine professionals on this site. Main areas:
- Disaster and cruelty
- Shelter management
- Saving lives
- Shelter health
Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association
HSVMA is open to all veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary students, and veterinary technician students. HSVMA offers advocacy, education, and community.
“The goal of PetSmart Charities® is to find a lifelong, loving home for every pet. We get closer every day with adoption events and centers, pet rescue programs and support for spay/neuter efforts.”
“PetSmart Charities® finds homes for more than 400,000 dogs and cats each year.”
Humane Society of the United States
“The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization. We and our affiliates provide hands-on care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year, and we professionalize the field through education and training for local organizations. We are the leading animal advocacy organization, seeking a humane world for people and animals alike. We are driving transformational change in the U.S. and around the world by combating large-scale cruelties such as puppy mills, animal fighting, factory farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts and the wildlife trade.”