We advance shelter medicine as a veterinary specialty through research, specialty training and education, and the performance of veterinary service in animal shelters.

We improve the quality of life of animals in shelters through improvements in veterinary preventive medicine and management of disease.

We offer a range of services, from Facility Design to Capacity for Care (C4C) consultations. Browse our online reference library for information on managing some of the most common issues in animal shelters (see a few of our featured resources below).

The KSMP offers cat portals, an inexpensive way to update your single cage cat housing to spiffy double compartment condos, which benefits cats by keeping food, bed and litter separate and allowing cleaning and daily care with minimum disruption. Order your portals today.

Feline Infectious Peritonitis/Feline Coronavirus (FIP/FCoV)

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a complex and inevitably fatal disease whose mode of transmission and infection is still not entirely understood. While outbreaks or increased rates of infections are rare, shelters should have a plan in place to monitor for elevated rates of disease and to respond appropriately. This information sheet provides a basic overview of this disease and presents some ideas to consider if you face increased FIP rates in your shelter.

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Canine: Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (a.k.a. "Kennel Cough")

Canine infectious respiratory disease complex (CIRDC) is a syndrome of diseases that are of significant concern in any multi-dog setting. The appropriate treatment and containment practices needed to address a CIRDC incident will vary considerably based on the specific agent or agents involved. In many cases identifying the agents involved is not possible; therefore, a prevention strategy is the key to tackling CIRDC in a shelter setting.

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Feline Upper Respiratory Infection aka URI

Successfully managing feline upper respiratory infection (FeURI) in a shelter setting requires much more than medical treatment of a clinically ill cat. It requires a comprehensive sheltering plan that addresses each cat's physical and mental well-being and includes an immunization plan to provide a high level of disease protection for a cat before it enters the shelter environment.

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