Inappropriate urination is one of the top reasons cats are surrendered to animal shelters – even when their owners cite other reasons – like “we’re moving” or “I’m allergic” – as the reasons. That is why I like to say that litter box issues are one of the top reasons cats are needlessly killed in animal shelters today. And, that is great news, because even though litter box issues in cats can be complex, they can usually be easily addressed with the right approach, helping pe
Though it was nearly 16 years ago, I remember it like it was yesterday. May 3, 2002 I was awakened by an emergency phone call from the shelter. They had closed one wing of the building because a giant hulk of a dog they had taken in the night before was attacking her kennel door. The metal poles were bending and seemed to be about to fail. Her behavior was so extreme, they feared she would get out and maul someone. They needed me to come down and deal with the situation. Give
Photo: After a year in captivity, there was still always a bit of fear in Kiki's eyes. Sitting at my feet is my dog Kiki, which is particularly appropriate, because she has a fascinating story worth telling that animal shelters everywhere could learn from. It is a really unusual story that cuts right to the core of the human/animal bond and highlights ways that animal shelters can and should better serve their public and pets. Kiki's Story For complicated reasons, Kiki was li
Have you ever watched a video of a dog being "temperament tested" in an animal shelter and thought to yourself, "what are those people doing to that poor dog and why?" If you have, you are not alone. But, you now have some significant reinforcement for your concern.
Jessica Heckman, DVM, MS recently had an article published in The Bark in which she discussed the recent science that has tested these so-called tests. The results are not good for advocates of "temperament" tes