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The Shelter Pet Project

Resources

Bringing a new pet into your home is a big decision, so chances are you’ve got a lot of questions. There are a ton of resources out there, so we’ve compiled links to some of the best.

Dog

Find helpful information on health, behavior, training and other dog care issues.

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/
The pre-eminent site for information on preventing and getting emergency treatment for pet poisoning.

Common canine behavior problems

http://www.petfinder.com/pet-training/dog-separation-anxiety.html
Petfinder.com’s useful resources on dealing with common dog behavior problems including separation anxiety, jumping, digging, barking and more.

Dog-care from the ASPCA

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/
Up-to-date information about both health and behavior from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Topics covered include behavior, nutrition, poison control, veterinary medicine and the human-animal bond. There’s also a place to ask behavior questions.

Help Affording Veterinary Care

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_veterinary_care.html
From the Humane Society of the United States, an overview of assistance and credit programs that can help pet owners get needed care for their animals.

HSUS: Dog Care

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/
Comprehensive site covering all aspects of dog care, from behavior and training to nutrition, choosing a pet, dealing with fleas, ticks and other parasites, house-training and more.

Pet Owner’s Guide to Cancer

http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/Pet-Owner-Guide-Cancer
For anyone facing cancer in a pet, this site from Cornell University covers diagnosis, treatment options, research and case studies of animals with different kinds of cancer.

VeterinaryPartner.com

http://www.veterinarypartner.com
The pet owner website of the Veterinary Information Network, it contains a searchable database of articles on health and behavior issues of companion animals.

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Cat

Find helpful information on health, behavior, training and other cat care issues.

American Animal Hospital Association: Cat Care

http://www.healthypet.com/petcare/catcare.aspx
A good basic site from the AAHA on how to prevent fleas and other parasites, what to do in an emergency, how to recognize and treat your cat’s pain, how to know if it’s time to head for the veterinarian, common feline health and behavior issues, and much more — including an “Ask a Veterinarian” feature.

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/
The pre-eminent site for information on preventing and getting emergency treatment for pet poisoning.

Cat-care from the ASPCA

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cat-care/
Up-to-date information about both health and behavior from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Topics covered include behavior, nutrition, poison control, veterinary medicine and the human-animal bond. There’s also a place to ask behavior questions.

Cat Owner’s Guide to Kidney Disease

http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/kidney-disease
Overview of dealing with kidney disease in cats from Cornell University.

Feline Behavior Problems: Aggression

http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/brochures/aggression.html
Defines the various types and levels of feline aggression and ways to deal with this inappropriate behavior

Feline Behavior Problems: Destructive Behavior

http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/brochures/DestructiveBehavior.html
Explains destructive behaviors such as scratching furniture and carpets, and fabric or plant chewing and provides uesful tips for managing these behaviors

Feline Vaccines: Benefits and Risks

http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/brochures/vaccbr.html
Presents basic information on feline vaccines and the benefits and risks of vaccinating

Cornell Feline Health Center

http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/hinformation.htm
Feline care and behavior resources from the renowned Feline Health Center at Cornell University.

Feline Diabetes

http://www.felinediabetes.com/
A complete health guide to treatment of diabetes mellitus in cats.

Feline Vaccine-Associated Sarcomas (VAS)

http://www.avma.org/journals/javma/articles_public/vafstf_050601.asp
The American Veterinary Medical Association’s overview of feline vaccine-associated sarcomas, also known as injection site sarcomas, a form of cancer.

Help Affording Veterinary Care

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_veterinary_care.html
From the Humane Society of the United States, an overview of assistance and credit programs that can help pet owners get needed care for their animals.

HSUS: Cat Care

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/cats/
Comprehensive site covering all aspects of cat care, from behavior and safety to nutrition, choosing a pet, dealing with fleas, ticks and other parasites, litter box problems and more.

Ohio State University’s Indoor Cat Initiative

http://indoorpet.osu.edu

A program advocating keeping cats indoors for the safety while still making sure they get what they need to be healthy and happy.

Pet Owner’s Guide to Cancer

http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/Pet-Owner-Guide-Cancer
For anyone facing cancer in a pet, this site from Cornell University covers diagnosis, treatment options, research and case studies of animals with different kinds of cancer.

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Tips

Find helpful information on how to search for a pet and a shelter.

How do I promote pets in my social media networks?

After clicking the See Details link for an individual shelter pet, simply select one of the social media buttons beneath the pet’s image. Then log in to your account. The pet promotion will appear as your message.

How do I find a shelter near me?

Click the Find a Shelter button that sits at the top of each page. Once the new page appears, enter your zipcode and click the Search button to pull up a map and a list of shelters near you.

How do I use advanced search?

On the search page, click the Advanced Search button. Then select the breed, sex, size and age of the pet you would like to adopt. To search multiple breeds with a single search, hold down Control on a PC or Command on an Apple when clicking the desired breeds

How do I search for a pet?

On the home page search box, simply enter your zipcode and select which type of shelter pet you would like to adopt. This will bring up a list of available pets in your area. Be sure to enter your zipcode. If not, the system will search using your internet provider’s IP address, which may not be the same as your location.

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Adoption FAQs

I’ve found a pet I’m interested in. Now what?
Congratulations! Your next step is to contact the organization listed on the pet's page on our site or on Petfinder. If the pet… Read More
What is the difference between a shelter and a rescue group?
The biggest difference is that most shelters keep their available pets in a single facility, while most rescue groups keep theirs in the… Read More
The pet I’m interested in is at a shelter; what will it be like when I go to see her?
Shelters come in all varieties. Some are modern and beautiful, while others are old-fashioned. Some are run by private charities (and usually have… Read More
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