Shelter Medicine is a field of veterinary medicine dedicated to the care of homeless animals in facilities such as shelters with the goal of finding them new homes. Shelter Medicine champions the welfare of animals while in shelters, and intends to help people find new pets.
Koret Shelter Medicine
Dr. Kate Hurley is the Director of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program. The Shelter Medicine Program has many outreach programs in the shelter medicine community!
Here are a few of their milestone achievements:
- The Koret Shelter Medicine Program (KSMP) joined forces with the University of Florida Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program to launch a 5 year campaign to save 1 million cats from euthanasia and disseminate best practices at shelters across North America. An online training program was built to complement our onsite assessment program to advance the 5 key initiatives of the challenge. The campaign hit goal 1 million an entire year early, only to double down and hit the 2 million lives-saved mark in the fifth year. The Million Cat Challenge is now the world’s largest and most successful feline lifesaving program: https://www.millioncatchallenge.org/
- After nearly a decade of research and onsite implementation at shelters across the globe, KSMP published a research paper demonstrating that the Capacity for Care (C4C) animal sheltering model is a proven way to elevate the welfare of homeless animals in captivity, reduce euthanasia, and increase adoptions. The program has since launched an online Bootcamp to guide shelters through implementation in 8 weeks.
- Capacity for Care draws the connection between improved welfare and improved lifesaving capacity, most specifically by providing adequate housing that reduces stress and, subsequently, stress-induced diseases in confined animals. They manufactured a cat portal- a small circle that joins two cages- allowing shelters on a tight budget to drastically improve housing without needing all new equipment. In addition to C4C Bootcamp, the program is working on bringing a Facility and Housing design Bootcamp to market.
- The KSMP contributes to and maintains the largest online shelter medicine resource library available to all free of charge.
- After many years through shelter development, Shelter Medicine has finally become a boarded specialty in veterinary medicine!
To learn more about the Koret Shelter Medicine Program go to their official website: https://www.sheltermedicine.com/