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September 23, 2022

Sheltering 101: A guide for general practitioners

Dr. Colleen Shockling

Words by:

Colleen Shockling — Associate IndeVet

It is 10 AM and you have an appointment with Axel, an ADORABLE 2-year-old intact male black and white pit-bull mix just adopted from the local county shelter. He is in overall decent shape, but you notice a couple of attached ticks. His records say he has received one DAPP vaccine and Bordetella and that he was dewormed by an unknown medication.

Your 1 PM is with a recently adopted 5-month-old, male neutered DSH kitten, Boomer. His records indicate that he is up to date with FVCRP, FeLV, Rabies, and heartworm/flea prevention. He is negative for FeLV/FIV and was neutered weeks ago. Today he is just here for a happy visit.

Why such the vast difference in services? As you can imagine, shelters, and their resources, vary tremendously. Let’s go through the different types of admissions, shelters, and resources so you can better educate your clients and your team.

Shelter admission types

You may encounter the following types of shelter admissions:

Types of shelters

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Colleen Shockling, DVM, MPH, DACVPM is a lecturer, researcher, free-lance writer, preventive medicine specialist, public health professional, Associate Indevet, and dog mom of two.

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