Feline retroviral testing is commonly performed via a variety of in-house ELISA tests, now offered by various manufactures. These tests are used in shelter and rescue settings as well as general and specialty small animal practices, but they are often used inconsistently between various groups and the information provided by the tests is frequently misunderstood and potentially further complicated by confirmatory testing. In many environments, this misunderstanding and confusion can have dire consequences for the cats and kittens in care. So what does it all mean? This presentation will cover the basic pathology of both feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus, different means of testing for these viruses, as well as how helpful the information from each of the tests may or may not be when making decisions in a shelter or rescue setting.
In this issue: Looking back and moving forward; greyhound racing takes its final lap; whimsical tales spread compassion for community cats; organizations look to the Adopters Welcome model to promote diversity and inclusion; an equine group steps up to help Florida horse owners; shelters find successful alternatives to traditional fundraising events; demand surges for virtual behavior services; studies show that helping others helps you; and more.
In this issue: A decade of promoting shelter pets; summer camp, COVID style; innovation sensations; hole-istic cat housing; creating videos with viral potential; teaming up with sports stars to promote your organization; new approaches to feline retroviruses; and more.
In this issue: The HSUS Pets for Life team shifts tactics but retains core beliefs during the COVID-19 pandemic; new science about cat allergies may prevent surrenders; an upstate New York shelter teams with local pizzerias to promote adoptable animals; VCA adds a nail in the coffin of elective declawing; an Idaho nonprofit helps ‘sweeten the pot’ for harder-to-place cats; and more.